Half Nelson (2006)
Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
September 22, 2006
Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Shareeka Epps
1 Hour 46 Minutes
Oscar Nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; AFI Awards: Movie of the Year Winner; Film Independent Spirit Awards: Best Female Lead, Best Male Lead Winners
Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) is a history teacher at a Brooklyn school. Though well-liked by his students and colleagues, he secretly spends his evenings hopping bars and getting high. A female student named Drey (Shareeka Epps) catches him in a drug-induced haze after a basketball game, and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. As Dan struggles with his addiction, he tries to act as a mentor to the girl, whose brother is serving time for dealing drugs.