LOVEFiLM Review: Half Nelson (2006)

An inner-city teacher struggling with addiction forms an unlikely bond with a young student who catches him in a compromising position in director Ryan Fleck’s feature-length adaptation of his own award-winning short film Gowanus, Brooklyn. Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) leads a secret life that the majority of his students will never know. When Dunne’s drug-soaked nightlife begins to bleed over into his daytime hours and troubled student Drey (Shareeka Epps) makes a startling discovery, the tenuous bond that forms between the pair soon leads to a warm friendship that could either lead them down a dangerous path or provide the human companionship needed to see things from a fresh perspective and start life anew.

Just a quick summary of Half Nelson.

I think I’ve now lost count on how many Ryan Gosling films I’ve seen this year. In the cinema and at home but I’m still not bored of the man.

Like with every Gosling film its never the same and just gives us another look at his fantastic versatility. I really liked this film but I prefer some of his other roles more.

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