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The Core Curriculum

Half Nelson, directed by Ryan Fleck, 2006 CE.

Half Nelson, directed by Ryan Fleck, 2006.

In Half Nelson, drug-addicted social studies teacher Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) forms a bond with his student Drey (Shareeka Epps), the struggling younger sister of a convicted drug dealer. One of themes of the film is the simultaneous necessity and difficulty of change, suggested by scenes of Dunne’s addiction juxtaposed with his teaching the dialectical theory of history to his students.