Taking the Wheel is a dark comedy about the complicated relationship between an obstinate 90-year-old woman who refuses to give up driving, and her well-intentioned son who will stop at nothing to get her off the road.

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Taking the Wheel is a dark comedy about the complicated relationship between an obstinate 90-year-old woman who refuses to give up driving, and her well-intentioned son who will stop at nothing to get her off the road.

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An exceptionally human short comedy
19 April 2003 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

Taking the Wheel packs more humanity into ten minutes than any other short film I have seen (and, for that matter, more than a lot of feature films manage in 2 hours).

John Cleese plays the flustered son of a headstrong woman who can't admit that her driving days are over. He receives a warning that his mother's reckless (but not wreckless) driving has become a danger to herself and to others, so he must attempt the impossible: taking her keys without breaking her heart. Patience Cleveland shines as Cleese's beloved maternal nemesis.

David Ackerman's directorial debut is remarkably successful in what it sets out to achieve - to address a heavy fact of life with a light heart, and trickster smarts.

Catch it in film festivals worldwide or on HBO.


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