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Driving Lessons (2006)

 -  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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Ben
Fay Cohen ...
Old Lady 1
Ruby Mortlock ...
Old Lady 2
Don Wetherhead ...
Old Man
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Laura
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Peter
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Robert
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Mr. Fincham
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Evie
Chandra Ruegg ...
Chandra
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.

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

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

Gross:

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

When Evie and Ben are looking at the lake it is flat calm. When the camera looks at them the lake behind has waves. 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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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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Jesusland
Written and Performed by Ben Folds
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Great Film
18 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film on ITV and I enjoyed it a lot. It was very watchable and very funny. Julie Walters and Rupert Grint were perfect in their roles. Julie Walters gets a special mention since she creates a wonderful diverse interesting character to watch. Ben's character is kinda shy and Stoic but the changes he goes through are wonderfully acted out by Rupert Grint, I would definitely say he has a future in acting after Harry Potter.

Laura Linney is quite good in her role as Ben's over protective mother, the only thing they went wrong with is by making her too....Villain-y. Ben's father was also an interesting contrast to his mother, and in the end he is quite honourable too. The only character i wasn't keen on was Bryony, she was a bit plain and unnecessary i thought.

Overall this is a great comedy drama that is very easy to watch. one of my favourite films of the year easily.


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