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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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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Mr. Fincham
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Chandra Ruegg ...
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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.

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

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Comedy | Drama

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

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13 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Driving Lessons - Mit Vollgas ins Leben  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,603, 15 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$238,774, 28 January 2007
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1.85 : 1
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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: Explain please the meaning of "He is not in his room!"
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Dedication: "For Rod Hall, 1951-2004". See more »

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

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Jesusland
Written and Performed by Ben Folds
Published by Free The Man Songs LLC/BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Sony BMG Commercial Markets
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Definitely NOT forgettable
18 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I only heard about Driving Lessons through the ITV adverts, and to be honest, I didn't know how much I would like it. I switched on the TV last night and was totally surprised. Driving Lessons is a modest, simple film which draws you in right from the start. Rupert Grint plays the part of socially awkward teenager Ben brilliantly. He's definitely one to look out for in the future. Dame Eve Walton is played by the fabulous Julie Walters. I loved the simple plot and the way the actors portrayed their characters with great sensitivity. The highlight of the film, for me was Evie's rather colourful poem. It shows how friendships can form between the most unlikely pairs. In my opinion, watching Driving Lessons is a great way to spend 2 hours. The scenery was also striking, especially the countryside. Anyone who can call this sparkling comedy forgettable, I strongly disagree with


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