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Half Nelson

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107 Minutes


Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) is a young inner-city junior high school teacher whose ideals wither and die in the face of reality. Day after day in his shabby Brooklyn classroom, he somehow finds the energy to inspire his 13 and 14-year-olds to examine everything from civil rights to the Civil War with a new enthusiasm. Rejecting the standard curriculum in favor of an edgier approach, Dan teaches his students how change works... on both a historical and personal scale...and how to think for themselves. Though Dan is brilliant, dynamic, and in control in the classroom, he spends his time outside school on the edge of consciousness. His disappointments and disillusionment have led to a serious drug habit. He juggles his hangovers and his homework, keeping his lives separated, until one of his troubled students, Drey (Shareeka Epps), catches him getting high after school. From this awkward beginning, Dan and Drey stumble into an unexpected friendship. Despite the differences in their ages and situations, they are both at an important intersection. Depending on which way they turn - and which choices they make - their lives will change.


Adepero Oduye
Anthony Mackie
Bryce Silver
Christopher Williamson
Collins Pennie
David Easton
Deborah Rush
Deidre Goodwin
Denis O'Hare
Eleanor Hutchins
Erica Rivera
Jay O. Sanders
Jeff Lima
Kaela C. Pabon
Karen Chilton
Katie Nehra
Leslie Eva Glaser
Matt Kerr
Monique Gabriela Curnen
Nathan Corbett
Nicole Vicius
Raymond Anthony Thomas
Ron C. Jones
Rosemary Ledee
Ryan Gosling
Sebastian Sozzi
Shareeka Epps
Sharon Washington
Stanton Davis
Stanton Davis
Starla Benford
Stephanie Bast
Steve Kursh
Susan Kerner
Thaddeus Daniels
Tina Holmes
Tristan Wilds
Tyra Kwao-Vovo



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