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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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