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Half Nelson
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Half Nelson 2006

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Ryan Fleck's feature film debut tells the story of an unlikely friendship that helps a self-destructive educator pull it together. In his struggle to balance his personal and professional lives, inner-city teacher Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling, in an Oscar-nominated role) spends most of his time nursing hangovers. But who could've known that a life-changing lesson would come from one of his students (Shareeka Epps)? Gosling and Epps both won Independent Spirit awards for their lead roles.

Release Date:August 11th, 2006
MPAA Rating:R
Running Time:106 minutes
Directed By:
Ryan FleckRyan Fleck
Written By:
Ryan FleckRyan Fleck
Anna BodenAnna Boden
Ryan GoslingRyan Gosling
Anthony MackieAnthony Mackie
Deborah RushDeborah Rush
No image existsJay O. Sanders
No image existsNicole Vicius
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Shareeka EppsShareeka Epps
No image existsSebastian Sozzi
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Half Nelson Movie Review by Suzanne (5/2/2009)

As a teacher, basketball coach, and functioning drug addict, Ryan Gosling fits into this role like a glove. He had to make us believe he was all three and he accomplished just that. While he is being all these things, main character Mr. Dunne, or Dan, has to convince himself that there is something in this world worth...

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Half Nelson Movie Review by Movie Addict (12/26/2007)

Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps were just plain awesome in this film by Ryan Fleck.

Gosling was impressive as an addict that was trying to hold on and teach. You could see the constant struggle as he fought giving up. The back and forth with Epps was quietly enchanting. Both certainly showed great acting talent in this...

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Half Nelson Movie Review by Tim (12/19/2007)

Wow.....I need to borrow Doc Brown's time machine and get my two hours back. I gave this film 1 star just because I thought Ryan Gosling was pretty good in the film and hopefully he knew this film was a huge risk, but trying to broaden his acting he wanted to do something Independent.

Gosling plays a white crackhead...

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Half Nelson Movie Review by Jarrod (8/18/2007)

'Half Nelson' is about a white teacher in a predominantly black school. He earnestly tries to inspire and engage his students, and they like him, though he does not follow the established curriculum, rather spending most of his time talking about dialectics, though he does try to impart the significance of the civil...

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Half Nelson Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie (3/5/2007)

When it was in theatres, I saw this remarkable film but at the time I did not do a review. As it is now being released on DVD and Ryan Gosling has gotten a well-deserved Oscar nod, I decided to review it now.

The film follows a teacher, Dan (Gosling), in an inner-city highschool, he is the cool teacher, the one the...

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