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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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Jeremy Brock

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Jeremy Brock
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Grint ... Ben
Fay Cohen Fay Cohen ... Old Lady 1
Ruby Mortlock Ruby Mortlock ... Old Lady 2
Don Wetherhead Don Wetherhead ... Old Man
Laura Linney ... Laura
Oliver Milburn ... Peter
Tamsin Egerton ... Sarah
Nicholas Farrell ... Robert
Jim Norton ... Mr. Fincham
Julie Walters ... Evie
Chandra Ruegg Chandra Ruegg ... Chandra
Ricky Champ ... Tough Looking Man
Rupert Holliday-Evans ... Store Manager (as Rupert Holiday Evans)
Harriet Brock Harriet Brock ... Child at Campsite
James Brock 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

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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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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Driving Lessons - Mit Vollgas ins Leben See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,603, 15 October 2006

Gross USA:

$239,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,250,797
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

During the initial Edinburgh scenes, the background changes from raining to cloudy to almost clear, to rainy, all basically within the same shot. See more »

Quotes

Ben: I'm not going back!
Evie Walton: Then, I'll walk!
Ben: You can't! You're dying!
Evie Walton: I am not dying.
Ben: You mustn't be afraid of death.
Evie Walton: I am not dying!
Ben: God embraces all who believe in him, for they will have everlasting life.
Evie Walton: I AM NOT DYING! I MADE IT UP!
[Evie starts walking away from the car]
Ben: [gets out of the car] I forgive you!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The UK version is the director's cut where in the US version many scenes had to be cut in order to retain a PG-13 rating along with dubbing some F words to "Sod." See more »


Soundtracks

Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Traditional
Arranged by Bazil Meade
Performed by The Hampton Choral Society and Choir Connexion
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Great Film
18 December 2006 | by Sky_RiderSee 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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