MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 449 this week

Half Nelson (2006)

 -  Drama  -  11 August 2006 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 63,397 users   Metascore: 85/100
Reviews: 185 user | 204 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $7.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 images
created 09 Aug 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 16 Oct 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 05 Jul 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 10 Aug 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Half Nelson" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Half Nelson (2006)

Half Nelson (2006) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Half Nelson.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

Director: Craig Gillespie
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

Director: Derek Cianfrance
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.

Director: Andrew Jarecki
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella
The Believer (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter.

Director: Henry Bean
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix, Peter Meadows
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Director: George Clooney
Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tells the story of a young man's experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and the community in which he lives.

Director: Matthew Ryan Hoge
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle, Kevin Spacey
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

Director: Derek Cianfrance
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes
Drive I (2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm
Stay I (2005)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This movie focuses on the attempts of a psychiatrist to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality.

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Ryan Gosling
Fracture (2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.

Director: Gregory Hoblit
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.

Directors: Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith
Stars: Ryan Gosling, David Morse, Clea DuVall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Tyra Kwao-Vovo ...
Rosemary Ledee ...
...
Bryce Silver ...
Kaela C. Pabon ...
Erica Rivera ...
Erika (as Erika Rivera)
...
Eleanor Hutchins ...
...
...
Karen Chilton ...
Edit

Storyline

Young Caucasian Dan Dunne teaches history and coaches the girls basketball team at a Brooklyn high school populated primarily by black and Hispanic students. To the chagrin of his superiors, Dan bucks the outlined curriculum of historical facts in favor of the philosophy of historical events, generally discussing the concept of dialectics. As such, he captures the imagination of his students, at least in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Dan's life is in shambles. He has a distant but cordial relationship with his family. He uses illicit drugs rampantly. Although his former girlfriend Rachel was able to clean up her drug habit, Dan believes that rehab will not work for him. Due to a combination of these issues, he treats women poorly. Thirteen year old Drey is a student in his class and a player on his basketball team. Drey has her own problems. Her parents are divorced, with her father a virtually non-existent figure in her life and her EMT mother generally absent as she is ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Secrets don't let go.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content throughout, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Half Nelson - Encurralados  »

Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$53,983 (USA) (11 August 2006)

Gross:

$2,694,973 (USA) (8 December 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rachel McAdams came to visit the set during the filming of the bar scene. Running low on bar extras, to help the producers out Rachel hopped in to help make the bar look busy. Her scene never makes the final cut. See more »

Quotes

Drey: How does it feel when you smoke that stuff?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Screenplay Series with Syd Field (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Feel Good Lost
Written and Performed by Broken Social Scene
Published by Arts & Crafts Music
Licensed Courtesy of Arts & Crafts Records
From the album "Feel Good Lost"
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not One False Note in this Film
19 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Half Nelson" is a spare, original story with exquisitely natural and fresh performances delivered by Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps and Anthony Mackie. The film covers ground somewhat like what we've seen in "To Sir, With Love," "Dangerous Minds," "The Blackboard Jungle" and other inner-city school dramas. Only this film focuses on the lives of one teacher and student in an intimate and up-close way. "Half Nelson" looks at specific lives and does not generalize. There is little exposition, and so much of what we learn about the characters is deduced from how they said something, rather than what they said. At times, I found myself laughing and smiling through what is a rather disturbing story because of the way the characters react to the circumstances they find themselves in.

I can't say enough good things about this film and highly recommend it because it is well conceived, directed and performed.

I hope it receives support and recognition during the film award season so that a wider audience will find and see this independent film.


79 of 108 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why did his cat die? mccart-richie
why did he act withdrawn after the date? DinahtheCat
Do you have recommendations for similar movies? nnmko
Is it typical in America for black kids to have a white teacher? fane232000
Half Nelson Full Crap mokf6
I thought Gosling was one of the dullest UNTIL... BenAtlanta
Discuss Half Nelson (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page