Dan struggles to inspire his students in his inner-city Brooklyn classroom. Though Dan is an A+ teacher, his private life is faltering. He is a heavy drug user, knows he’s a hypocrite, tries to keep his two lives separate and does – until one of his students, Drey, catches him smoking crack after a late night basketball game. Here starts an awkward friendship where drugs are the common element. Dan uses them to escape his disappointments, and Drey sells them to escape her poverty. Half Nelson is a nebulous film that humanizes those that do and sell drugs without any false vice-glamour. You won’t necessarily find a happy ending, but you might find a satisfying one.