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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Chandra
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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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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$238,774 (USA) (26 January 2007)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the making of this film Rupert Grint had not yet passed his driving test and so a driving double had to be used for scenes filmed on public roads. Rupert commented that he failed his test during a maneuver as he forgot to look over his shoulder during the turn in the road. See more »

Goofs

The bird that they look up at isn't a Skylark but a Swallow. See more »

Quotes

Ben: I think it's best I stop working for you.
Evie Walton: Oh, why? So you can take up being pompous professionally?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
Traditional
Arranged by Toby Shippey
Performed by Salsa Celtica
Published by Toby Shippey
Courtesy of Greentrax Recordings, Ltd.
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Definitely NOT forgettable
18 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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