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Half Nelson, 2006

Half Nelson
Directed by: Ryan Fleck
Written by: Anna Boden
Language:  English
Country:  USA
Runtime:  106 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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Half Nelson can be described as sincere, touching, and captivating. The plot revolves around a dedicated educator, addiction, and teachers and students. The main genres are drama and independent. In terms of style, Half Nelson is talky. In approach, it is serious and realistic. The storytelling is slow paced. Half Nelson is set, at least in part, at a high school and in an urban environment. It is located in New York. It takes place in contemporary times. The soundtrack of Half Nelson is alternative, hip hop, and rock. It is inspired by a film. The movie has received attention for being critically acclaimed and an award winner. Note that Half Nelson involves drugs/alcohol, sexual content, and profanity.

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High school teacher Dan (Ryan Gosling) and quiet teenager Drey (Shareeka Epps) are two lonely souls... more

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Language: English
Country: USA
Release date: 11 August 2006
Runtime: 106 min

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Ryan Gosling Ryan Gosling As Dan Dunne
Shareeka Epps Shareeka Epps As Drey
Anthony Mackie Anthony Mackie As Frank
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The Onion (A.V. Club)
Gosling excels at playing contradictory characters like this one, having kick-started his career as a Jewish neo-Nazi in "The Believer," but here, his inner turmoil rarely gets vocalized. It's a remarkably subtle performance.
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What is different about Half Nelson is the execution, the kind of subtlety in writing, directing and acting (by costars Shareeka Epps and Anthony Mackie as well as Gosling) you seldom see.
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Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) stars in Half Nelson (2006) along with Shareeka Epps. Dan Dunne (Gosling) is a exceptional teacher; one of those you would remember all your life because of how they taught and inspired you. In his 20's and teaching 14...
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29.August.2010 |  by: Dain Binder
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Truly an oscar worthy performance from Gosling, what stops this film from being a four star film is it's open-ended ending. Shareeka Epps should be in higher demand after her geat perfomance in this film. When you see this film, remember that it...
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22.March.2009 |  by: prozac pop
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An out-of-the-park performance by Gosling, in one of the most daring, original and subtly destructive screenplays I've ever seen. Come to this film with a keen eye for detail and a willingness to be absorbed into a painful expereince; this film...
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20.March.2009 |  by: sethdellinger
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I saw Half Nelson at the opening of the Boston Independent Film Festival. It was a great choice of opening film and the audience definitely approved of this gritty drama starring Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps. Gosling does a great job playing a...
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19.March.2009 |  by: Courtney
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Half Nelson is about a guy whos born to teach and has a gift for reaching inner-city kids, but outside the classroom his lifes a coke- and crack-addled mess. One promising student in particular has some drug-related choices to make, too, and she...
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19.March.2009 |  by: Vic
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I'll grant that Ryan Gosling is a terrifically charismatic actor. But I don't know how that makes up for the aimless screenplay and camera work that's so amateurish it's just painful to watch. It's rare for me to just turn a movie off before it...
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16.March.2009 |  by: jcphil
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