2021 Movie Draft: Half Nelson (2006)


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2021 Movie Draft: Round 1, Pick 4


Genre: Drama

Half Nelson: An Overlooked Indie Gem

By Bernie Sauer

Mr. Dunne is the middle school teacher every student wants: He’s sharp, funny, sports a cool, unshaved mug, and coaches basketball on the side. By day, he brings out the best in his students as they discuss politics and systemic injustice. By night, however, we see a different Mr. Dunne – one who trolls the nightclubs, snorts cocaine, and slides deeper into a crack addiction.

Talk about a black and white movie.

It is after a basketball game that Dunne is found semiconscious, clutching a crack pipe in a locker room stall. He is discovered by 13-year-old Drey (Shareeka Epps), who has grown up too fast, dealing with a deadbeat dad, workaholic mom, and an older brother serving jail time. Holding close her street smarts and faith in…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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