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A powerful, award-winning film about an inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit who forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

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Studio Sony
SKU 203514054
UPC 043396178595
UPC 14 00043396178595
Format DVD
Release Date 5/15/2012
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Actors
Name Gosling,Ryan
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Cast & Crew
Alex Orlovsky - Producer
Andrij Parekh - Cinematographer
Anna Boden - Editor
Anna Boden - Writer
Anthony Mackie - Actor
Broken-Social-Scene - Original Music By
Inbal Weinberg - Art Director
Monique Curnen - Actor
Ryan Fleck - Director
Ryan Fleck - Writer
Ryan Gosling - Actor
Scott London - Executive Producer
Shareeka Epps - Actor
Awards
Nominee (2006) Sundance Film Festival, Ryan Fleck, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review A terrific performance by Ryan Gosling is the chief but hardly sole reason to embrace "Half Nelson," a first narrative feature by director Ryan Fleck, who wrote it with Anna Boden. Sympathetic but toughly observed pic avoids melodrama in the potentially hyperbolic tale of a white Brooklyn middle-school teacher losing his own battle with drugs while trying to mentor an African-American student whose family has been torn apart by drug dealing. Avoiding rote inspirational notes as well as boyz-in-the-hood violence, scrupulously low-key drama nonetheless builds to a powerful impact...The alert intelligence Gosling has shown in disparate roles from "The Believer's" neo-Nazi teen to "The Notebook's" ornery romantic is put to ideal use here.
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Reviewer Dennis Harvey
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Fleck establishes a keen sense of place; Drey's distressed New York neighborhood practically becomes another character in the film, but it's in directing his actors that he truly excels. Young Epps is moving as this tough little girl, so in danger of being swallowed by the trouble around her, while Mackie is alternately charming and menacing as a man who probably does think he's doing Drey a favor by pushing her toward dealing. But the star of the piece is definitely Gosling: so sweet, so smart, so troubled, and so much the jerk. There's no vanity in the actor as Dan gives in to his demons. It's an awesome performance in a film that's not always easy to watch, but never less than watchable.
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Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Gosling,Ryan
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Claudia Puig, USA Today A compelling drama that establishes Ryan Gosling as one of the finest actors of his generation.
Ken Fox, TV Guide Superb drama from New York-based filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...an opportunity to marvel, once again, at the dazzling talent of Ryan Gosling...
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun The movie lives in its small details.
Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club Gosling excels at playing contradictory characters like this one...a remarkably subtle performance.

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