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Taking the Wheel (2002)

TV-G | | Comedy, Short | 7 August 2002 (USA)
Taking the Wheel is a dark comedy about the complicated relationship between an obstinate 90-year-old woman who refuses to give up driving, and her well-intentioned son who will stop at nothing to get her off the road.

Director:

David Ackerman

Writer:

David Ackerman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Nathan Sullivan
Patience Cleveland ... Nettie Sullivan
Matt Scharf Matt Scharf ... DMV Instructor
Rod Lathim Rod Lathim ... Elder Shuttle Driver
Grant Tomerlin Grant Tomerlin ... Hitchhiker
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Taking the Wheel is a dark comedy about the complicated relationship between an obstinate 90-year-old woman who refuses to give up driving, and her well-intentioned son who will stop at nothing to get her off the road.

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2002 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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An exceptionally human short comedy
19 April 2003 | by mangoidSee all my reviews

Taking the Wheel packs more humanity into ten minutes than any other short film I have seen (and, for that matter, more than a lot of feature films manage in 2 hours).

John Cleese plays the flustered son of a headstrong woman who can't admit that her driving days are over. He receives a warning that his mother's reckless (but not wreckless) driving has become a danger to herself and to others, so he must attempt the impossible: taking her keys without breaking her heart. Patience Cleveland shines as Cleese's beloved maternal nemesis.

David Ackerman's directorial debut is remarkably successful in what it sets out to achieve - to address a heavy fact of life with a light heart, and trickster smarts.

Catch it in film festivals worldwide or on HBO.


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