Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Half Nelson (2006) dir. Ryan Fleck
"'Half Nelson' isn't one of those 'inspirational teacher/mentor' movies -- at least not in any generic or conventional sense. There's no triumph, no breakthrough, no by-the-numbers victory in test scores or on the basketball court. This movie isn't about those things, but is concerned with an even greater achievement that is generally unacknowledged: how people -- flawed, miserable, frustrated people -- go to work every day and find a way to care about something beyond themselves, despite themselves." (Roger Ebert)
But is it boring? No.