Up 1,156 this week

Learning to Drive (2014)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 August 2015 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 1,462 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 21 user | 79 critic | 23 from Metacritic.com

As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other's company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.



Watch Trailer
0Check in
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Grandma (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter.

Director: Paul Weitz
Stars: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

Director: Ken Kwapis
Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A lonely college freshman's life is turned upside down by her impetuous, adventurous soon-to-be stepsister.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Seth Barrish
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

Director: Maya Forbes
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky
99 Homes (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who's the source of his frustration.

Director: Ramin Bahrani
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern
Truth I (2015)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.

Director: James Vanderbilt
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age.

Director: Brett Haley
Stars: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.

Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard
Phoenix II (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
Mr. Holmes (2015)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes, deals with early dementia, as he tries to remember his final case and a woman, the memory of whom still haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada
Documentary | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An Indian-American man who is about to turn 30 gets help from his parents and extended family to start looking for a wife in the traditional Indian way.

Directors: Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel
Stars: Chandar Abboy, Renita Abboy, Rishika Advani


Credited cast:
Car Salesman
Matt Salinger ...
Wendy's Father
Friend of Mata
ICE Agent (as Jonathan Charles Kaplan)


Wendy (Patrician Clarkson), a self-absorbed New York book critic, is shocked to reality by the sudden end of her marriage. Always dependent on her husband for driving, she must now learn to take the wheel on her own. Her instructor Darwan (Ben Kingsley) is a Sikh Indian who watches with alarm as his pupil falls apart at the seams. He himself is contemplating an arranged marriage with a woman he has never met. As these two lives intersect, both will change in unpredictable ways. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's never too late to begin a new adventure.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

| |  »




Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aprendiendo a conducir  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$66,015 (USA) (21 August 2015)


$3,446,820 (USA) (20 November 2015)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


At the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival screening, Patricia Clarkson revealed that her name was attached to this project for nine years and didn't drop out of it because she loved the script. See more »


Wendy: I just don't understand why men do that, wag their balls in your face.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Learning to Drive
29 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hollister and O'Toole were completely charmed by "Learning to Drive" at this week's Provincetown International Film Festival – where it rightfully took home the @hbo #AudienceAward. (At the Toronto International Film Festival audiences ranked it second only to "The Imitation Game".)

It is a simple story of two very different lives intersecting, at just the right moment. As Hollister says, it's not just about Learning to Drive – it's really about Learning to Live.

Featuring the indomitable re-pairing of Sir Ben Kingsley (yes, our Oscar-winning "Gandhi") and Oscar-nominee (and two-time Emmy winner for "Six Feet Under") Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Barcelona's very talented Isabel Coixet (who also directed Kingsley, Clarkson, and Penélope Cruz in "Elegy"). Screenplay by Sarah Kernochan – who has won two (!) Oscars for her documentaries, and whose artistic output has given O'Toole a complete complex.

Grace Gummer (Meryl Streep's real-life daughter) plays the movie daughter of Clarkson (who, like Meryl, went to the Yale School of Drama) and Jake Weber (Patricia Arquette's husband on "Medium").

Hollister and O'Toole – and their complexes – completely apologize when it comes to pronouncing last names in this podcast. Isabel Coixet, Sarah Kernochan – please just come give us a tutorial so we can sing your praises in person.

Theatrical release set for August 21, 2015.

Podcast extras include:

Official "Learning to Drive" trailer Clip from "Elegy" Musical excerpt from "Thoth" (the Oscar-winning short documentary by "Learning to Drive" screenwriter Sarah Kernochan.

Now put your seatbelts on first, and go listen to the podcast. http://screenthoughts.net/podcast/learning-drive/

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hello??! Voo-Doo
Um......CAIRO TIME MUCH brooke_cale
Wonderful film. SCraigNZ
What the heck happened to this movie? kmac44mv
Discuss Learning to Drive (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: