Half Nelson

Junior High History teacher Dan Dunne works as a teacher and basketball coach in a Brooklyn school, mostly populated by black and Hispanic students. Dan has a drug habit, after a basketball game one of his students, Drey, finds him in the toilets smoking drugs. Dan lives alone and has no real friends, his life is a haze and now knowing one of his students knows his secret is worrying him. Dan and Drey become friends and Dan feels obligated to drive Drey to and from school as her mother works long hours, the neighbourhood drug dealer Frank knew Drey’s brother and also starts hanging around offering rides. Dan sees what Drey could end up like if she hangs around Frank so he confronts him as he believes this is notthe best option for Drey, though his drug habits prove him wrong.

Director: Ryan Fleck

Actors: Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps, Anthony Mackie, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Denis O’Hare, Starla Benford

Year: 2006

Length: 106 Minutes

Classification: MA15+ Strong drug use & Themes

Rating:★★★☆☆

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