Half Nelson (2006)

Another film about school, except it's a more real, dimensional and broken teacher than what we are usually treated to.

Teacher Dan takes curriculum into his own hands at the urban junior high he is placed in. While offering his students college fare rather than what his principal wants him to teach, Dan has a dark addiction to cocaine and crack. He begins to build a relationship with Drey, a student and basketball player on the team he coaches. Drey also has a connection to Dan's coke dealer.

The performances are raw and honest making the message of redemption and grace all the more powerful.

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