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Driving Lessons (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 13 October 2006 (USA)
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A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother. His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress.

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Jeremy Brock

Writer:

Jeremy Brock
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Grint ... Ben
Fay Cohen Fay Cohen ... Old Lady 1
Ruby Mortlock Ruby Mortlock ... Old Lady 2
Don Wetherhead Don Wetherhead ... Old Man
Laura Linney ... Laura
Oliver Milburn ... Peter
Tamsin Egerton ... Sarah
Nicholas Farrell ... Robert
Jim Norton ... Mr. Fincham
Julie Walters ... Evie
Chandra Ruegg Chandra Ruegg ... Chandra
Ricky Champ ... Tough Looking Man
Rupert Holliday-Evans ... Store Manager (as Rupert Holiday Evans)
Harriet Brock Harriet Brock ... Child at Campsite
James Brock James Brock ... Child at Campsite
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Storyline

A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother. His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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All Ben wanted was a job. All Evie needed was a friend. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Driving Lessons - Mit Vollgas ins Leben See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,603, 15 October 2006

Gross USA:

$239,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,250,797
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When filming, Rupert Grint was only 16 which meant it was illegal for him to drive (the legal age in the UK is 17), so they had to film his driving scenes in private roads. See more »

Goofs

During the initial Edinburgh scenes, the background changes from raining to cloudy to almost clear, to rainy, all basically within the same shot. See more »

Quotes

Ben: [Reading his poem to Sarah] You are the harvest, God's water on wheat. Birds fly for you, sing for you. Each wing a beat of my heart for you. Felt for you, my clay feet. I donot sing for you, donot fly for you. I'm not water, I'm not wheat. I would be dove, I would be hawk. Your milky breasts, my strange meat.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening titles, the names of the main cast and crew are arranged around a map as if they were street names. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version is the director's cut where in the US version many scenes had to be cut in order to retain a PG-13 rating along with dubbing some F words to "Sod." See more »

Connections

References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
Written and Performed by Sufjan Stevens
Produced by Daniel Smith
Published by New Jerusalem Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Sounds Familyre
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Moral and highly enjoyable
17 December 2006 | by adam_bloodworthSee all my reviews

"Driving Lessons" sees two middle class quintessential British families meet head on, when Grint's character comes into contact with Evee, (Walters), a slightly deranged out-of-touch actress with an ego. Grint betrays his overpowering, and over-Christian mother, (Linney), and goes off travelling with Evee to Scotland, to accompany her on a trip to participate in a Poetry reading, something she claims could be her last, due to an illness.

Grint's portrayal of a caged youngster, brainwashed by an overbearing, and even hypocritical mother, is the masterpiece of this film. His portrayal of a downtrodden teen in search of his true morals, and happiness, is captivating to watch unfold throughout. The film is sharply shot, and well paced, with very few moments leaving you tired, an achievement, particularly considering the nature of the plot. Walters really grabs hold of her character with both hands, and successfully brings the audience to her side of things, emphasising Linney's ironic immorality throughout. Her role in "Driving Lessons" is enjoyable and memorable in every sense.

The plot develops nicely, leaving the audience cheering on Grint as he chases back to Evee's place during his lunch break during his stint at a local bookshop to apologise for his wrongdoings. The values in the piece are continued and brought out thoroughly up until the final drag, in a very consistent way. The overbearing, (and relieving), main idea being that religion doesn't lead to happiness, and certainly doesn't lead to morality.

The audience are left sympathising with the radical but lovable Evee, with her and Grint making an irresistible partnership on the big screen, transferred directly from their debut in the "Harry Potter" series. Charismatic and beautiful acting together with a tight and fact paced script make this a must-see this Christmas.


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