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 ...
Tough Looking Man
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Store Manager (as Rupert Holiday Evans)
Harriet Brock ...
Child at Campsite
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Child at Campsite


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


All Ben wanted was a job. All Evie needed was a friend. 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?


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


[falling asleep]
Ben: God. Is. love.
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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 »


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


One Door Opens
Written and Performed by Richard Thompson
Produced by BEESWING Music (BMI) administered by Bug Music
Courtesy of Cooking Vinyl, Ltd.
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User Reviews

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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