Half Nelson White teacher (Ryan Gosling) saves urban youth. It's a Hollywood cliché, but in Half Nelson , when a student (Shareeka Epps) catches Mr. Dunne smoking… Half Nelson White teacher (Ryan Gosling) saves urban youth. It's a Hollywood cliché, but in Half Nelson , when a student (Shareeka Epps) catches Mr. Dunne smoking…
DVD Review

Half Nelson (2007)

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK Student Epps catches teacher Gosling smoking crack, the central twist in Half Nelson
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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK Student Epps catches teacher Gosling smoking crack, the central twist in Half Nelson
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Feb 13, 2007; DVD Release Date: Feb 13, 2007; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Shareeka Epps and Ryan Gosling; Distributor: THINKFilm

White teacher (Ryan Gosling) saves urban youth. It's a Hollywood cliché, but in Half Nelson, when a student (Shareeka Epps) catches Mr. Dunne smoking crack in the girls' locker room, the two are irrevocably entangled in each other's precarious lives. EXTRAS Gosling's vulnerable turn (and Oscar nom) solidifies him as a major dramatic talent, though he lightens up in a series of outtakes punctuated by goofy thumbs-ups. ''Gowanus, Brooklyn,'' the 19-minute short (starring Epps) that inspired Nelson, would've been nice extra credit, but its absence is this DVD's only demerit. A

Originally posted Jan 26, 2007 Published in issue #921 Feb 16, 2007 Order article reprints