August 11, 2012
Half Nelson (2006)

IMDB Synopsis: An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

All right, I’m going to start off by saying, yes, I am a girl. And yes, I am victim to the irresistible charm of the oh-so-cute man that is Ryan Gosling. So, I am a little biased. However, Half Nelson was a spectacular film. Heart-breaking and touching, this movie illustrates the unlikely friendship between a white teacher, Dan Dunne (Played by Gosling) and an inner-city, teenage student, Drey. The basis of the friendship develops from an incident where Dunne is found by Drey after a basketball game when he took a few too many hits of a crack pipe. (Pardon my nerdy way of expressing this. I’m not in touch with drug culture.) In Dunne’s class, he tells about opposing forces. Not everything is black or white. This lesson is proven because Dunne tries to keep Drey away from this drug dealer, while he himself is a cocaine addict. It’s a nice way of telling audiences that, yes, there is a grey area of morality, or everything really. Not everything can be shown as a or b. The supporting actress, Drey, played by the young and talented Shareeka Epps, did a wonderful job, and I hope to see her in the future in other films. Overall, I liked Half Nelson, because it inspires thinking about morality, and what is considered good or bad, and how we are possibly capable of improving ourselves in the manner of what is the best for the situation at hand.

Rate: 9/10