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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 ...
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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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

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)

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Robert Marshall: [talking about Laura] I think it's better this way.
Ben: How can you say that? After all the shit she put you through, how can you say that to me? You're my dad! You're meant to stand up for yourself! You should've divorced her! You should've told her to bloody well fuck off!
Robert Marshall: I did. It was me who asked for the divorce.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

God Don't Never Change
Traditional
Arranged and Performed by Ginny Clee
Produced by Ginny Clee, Simon Edwards, and Roy Dodds
Courtesy of Sore Thumb Records
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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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