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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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Cast

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Ben
Fay Cohen ...
Old Lady 1
Ruby Mortlock ...
Old Lady 2
Don Wetherhead ...
Old Man
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Peter
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Robert
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Mr. Fincham
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Evie
Chandra Ruegg ...
Ricky Champ ...
Tough Looking Man
Rupert Holliday-Evans ...
Store Manager (as Rupert Holiday Evans)
Harriet Brock ...
Child at Campsite
James Brock ...
Child at Campsite
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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She drinks. He drives. Together it's the trip of a lifetime. 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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Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Driving Lessons - Mit Vollgas ins Leben  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$22,603 (USA) (13 October 2006)

Gross:

$238,774 (USA) (26 January 2007)
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Trivia

Julie Walters and Rupert Grint play mother and son in the Harry Potter movie series. See more »

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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

Evie Walton: [to Ben] You see an attractive woman, living on her own, you wonder: Is she a roaring lesbian? Answer, no! For your information I was married three times. Once to an actor, once to an English lord and once to a Californian. All work things... My mistake, You on the other hand, might well be gay.
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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 »

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

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El Agua De La Vida
Written by Toby Shippey, Fraser Fifield, and Juan "Lino" Rocha
Performed by Salsa Celtica
Published by Toby Shippey, Fraser Fifield, and Juan "Lino" Rocha
Courtesy of Greentrax Recordings, Ltd.
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Great Comedy and Relatable Film
27 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much out of this movie and I was slapped in the face. Julie Walters, Rupert Grint, and Laura Linney perform wonderfully as the main characters in this movie. Any teenager can relate to parental control and the urge to come out as who you really are, which is basically what this movie is about. Ben (Rupert Grint) does this when he meets retired actress Evie (Julie Walters) and begins to express his ideas with words. He slowly but surely breaks out of his shell and becomes much less awkward. Each and every viewer feels the ups and downs of the movie and the theatre is filled with laughter 75% of the time. The film satisfies all, and I hope that soon it might be released in all US theatres, because many do not have the chance to see the film unless they live in big cities. It is a MUST see!


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