This is the kind of movie to watch on a lazy summer day with a coke and some chips in hand. It isn’t a blockbuster by any means, but a thoughtful, contemplative movie on how people deal with their lives, how they struggle to overcome the pitfalls they find themselves in. It isn’t a grand story about redemption, but just a story about a teacher looking to inspire his students while at the same time being a druggie fighting to pull his life together when he’s not in class. Half Nelson may not have entertained me as much as TMNT did, but it certainly had its moments, and is one of my favorite movies of this year. Or last year, since it came out in 2006.