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Driving Lessons (2006)

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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.

Director:

Jeremy Brock

Writer:

Jeremy Brock
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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

Taglines:

She drinks. He drives. Together it's the trip of a lifetime. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some thematic material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$238,774, 28 January 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Jeremy Brock was reportedly inspired by his own teenage experiences working for Dame Peggy Ashcroft. 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

[falling asleep]
Ben: God. Is. love.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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 »

Connections

References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Cumbia Celtica
Written by Toby Shippey and Eamonn Coyne
Performed by Salsa Celtica
Published by Toby Shippey and Eamonn Coyne
Courtesy of Greentrax Recordings, Ltd.
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Bubblegum Harold and Maude
2 May 2006 | by bridgefSee all my reviews

A British twist on Harold and Maude, Driving Lessons features a reined-in Rupert Grint and an over-the-top Julie Walters. While it is true that Grint is stone-faced like a redheaded Benjamin Braddock for the first half of the movie, it does not deter from the quirky family film--there are things going on that are out of his character's experience that would create a shell-shocked reaction. The chemistry between Walters and Grint carries the film, though Laura Linney's hard work to make her written stereotype human is also notable. These performances combined with a fun poppy soundtrack with artists like Sufjan Stevens, John Renbourn and Salsa Celtica make this kids popcorn flick worth a Saturday afternoon.


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