Half Nelson

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Brief Synopsis: "Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a startling discovery of his secret life, causing a tenuous bond between the two that could either end disastrously or provide a catalyst of hope."

Overall Ranking: 271 (Rank from 2006: # 8)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 66.67%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Dan O'Neill95 - Half Nelson is one of the most powerful films of the past decade, with brutal honesty, as well as true feelings, about hope, friendship, growing up, and drug addiction. Every note here is hit perfectly, mostly due to the performances from the cast, especially the spot-on Gosling.
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Rob from GuysFilmQuest78Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 4

People Involved

  • Ryan Gosling (Dan Dunne)
  • Jeff Lima (Roodly)
  • Shareeka Epps (Drey)
  • Nathan Corbett (Terrance)
  • Tyra Kwao-Vovo (Stacy)
  • Rosemary Ledee (Gina)
  • Tristan Wilds (Jamal)
  • Bryce Silver (Bernard)
  • Kaela C. Pabon (Lena)
  • Erica Rivera (Erika)
  • Stephanie Bast (Vanessa)
  • Eleanor Hutchins (Simone)
  • Sebastian Sozzi (Javier)
  • Tina Holmes (Rachel)
  • Karen Chilton (Karen)
  • Anthony Mackie (Frank)
  • Monique Gabriela Curnen (Isabel)
  • Collins Pennie (Mike)
  • Deborah Rush (Jo)
  • Jay O. Sanders (Russ)
  • Nicole Vicius (Cindy)
  • Tristan Wilds (Jamal)
  • Ryan Fleck (Director)