Half Nelson

107 mins
7.4 / 10 (4313)


Dan, a dynamic and inspirational history teacher in a Brooklyn high school, leads a secret life of addiction. Juggling his hangovers and homework, Dan keeps his lives separate—until troubled student Drey catches him getting high after school. Soon the two lost souls strike up an unlikely friendship.

MUBI's take

One of the finest actors of his generation and the face that launched a thousand memes, Ryan Gosling earned an Oscar® nod for his morally ambiguous turn as a burned-out teacher with a dark secret. This gripping drama about an unlikely friendship takes a devastating look at modern alienation.

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