The story is sweet in theory. An inner city teacher tries to do good, but canít shake the nasty drug habit. Then you have a sweet inner city kid thatís too nice and smart to be in her situation. The possibilities for life lessons and sappy scenes are endless. HALF NELSON barely touches on the complexities of such a relationship. Too many scenes are rushed through and too much focus was spent on Ryan and the drugs. Their relationship was the real story, and we didnít get to see enough of it.
I think the film wouldíve been much better had there been more dialogue between the two. I realize that most of what they shared went unsaid, but I think verbalizing their pain and struggles with each other wouldíve carried the film a little better. The characters were very interesting, but they werenít developed to their potential.
We know Ryanís performance was great, but the rest of the cast did very well also. Shareeka Epps didnít have enough dialogue to suit me, but she did well with what she had. The directing was good also. Mr. Fleck has a nice style that I look forward to seeing in the future.
Deleted scenes (3:36): These didnít contribute anything to the film and most of them were pretty short. Overall, thereís nothing worth checking out.
Extended Scenes (3:42): It was hard to decipher the difference between the scenes because there wasnít much added in. Thereís also an alternate ending in here, but it didnít do much for me either since it was a scene already in the film.
Outtakes (6:56): Itís obviously not a funny movie, so most of these are messed up lines. Thereís nothing too funny here and it gets old pretty quick.
There are also some Previews and a Music Video