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 overview, first billed only:
Fay Cohen ...
Old Lady 1
Ruby Mortlock ...
Old Lady 2
Don Wetherhead ...
Old Man
Mr. Fincham
Chandra Ruegg ...
Ricky Champ ...
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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


She drinks. He drives. Together it's the trip of a lifetime. See more »


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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[after having sex]
Ben: Thank you for having me.
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Crazy Credits

Dedication: "For Rod Hall, 1951-2004". See more »


Referenced in Come Fly with Me: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Arranged by Toby Shippey
Performed by Salsa Celtica
Published by Toby Shippey
Courtesy of Greentrax Recordings, Ltd.
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Exceeded any expectations I had
4 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this tonight with moderate expectations - if Tartan Films have picked up on something and are releasing it the that's generally a good sign, however I'm not normally a fan of Julie Walters, generally disliking her comedy roles (sorry to any fans, but it's a personal thing - I just don't find her funny in comedy).

This was magnificent though - a great performance by all, but Grint and Walters are exceptional! Plenty of laughs, plenty of pathos, great timing and a wonderfully paced film - such a coming of age film wouldn't normally be something I'd expect to like so much but I can't recommend this highly enough - and watch Rupert Grint as he matures into a fine fine actor.

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