Half Nelson | 2006

Drama, Urban
An idealistic, inner-city junior high school teacher with a serious drug habit forms a friendship with a troubled student.
Director: Ryan Fleck
Awards: 1 Oscar nomination. Another 9 wins & 6 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Dan Dunne

Actor

... Drey

Actor

... Frank

Actor

... Isabel

Actor

... Karen

Actor

... Rachel

Actor

... Mike

Actor

... Jo Dunne

Actor

... Russ Dunne

Actor

... Bernard

Actor

... Javier

Actor

... Cindy

Actor

Company

Adidas Entertainment

Production Company

Akademiks

Production Company

Applebottoms

Production Company

Apt. 5 Cosmetics

Production Company

Arcade Publishing

Production Company

Artist Public Domain

Production Company

Synopsis

Dan Dunne, an idealistic inner-city junior high school teacher, inspires his 13 and 14-year-olds to examine everything from civil rights to Civil War with a new enthusiasm. Rejecting the standard Civil Rights curriculum in favor of an edgier approach, Dan teaches his students how change works--on both a historical and personal scale. Though Dan can get it together in the classroom, he spends his time outside school on the edge of consciousness. Dealing with a serious drug habit, Dan is a strung-out role model. He juggles his hangovers and his homework, keeping his lives precariously separated, until one of his troubled students, Drey, catches him getting high after school. From this awkward beginning, Dan and Drey stumble into an unexpected friendship that threatens either to undo them or to provide the vital change they both need to move forward in their lives.

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