Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a startling discovery of his secret life, causing a tenuous bond between the two that could either end disastrously or provide a catalyst of hope.
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching Half Nelson. Ryan Gosling gives a very good performance and the movie was directed well by Ryan Fleck. My only criticism would be that I found the film a little slow half way through, but by the end of the movie I was satisfied that Half Nelson is a good quality film.