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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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Ben
Fay Cohen ...
Old Lady 1
Ruby Mortlock ...
Old Lady 2
Don Wetherhead ...
Old Man
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Peter
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Mr. Fincham
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Chandra Ruegg ...
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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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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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All Ben wanted was a job. All Evie needed was a friend. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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13 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Driving Lessons - Mit Vollgas ins Leben  »

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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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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 »

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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

Ben: God gave you your talent for a reason.
Evie Walton: There's no God, you pompous little cretin!
Ben: God forgives you for that too.
Evie Walton: Let's get one thing clear, sunny boy! I do the forgiving, not God!
Ben: That's a terrible thing to say!
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Dedication: "For Rod Hall, 1951-2004". See more »

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

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One Door Opens
Written and Performed by Richard Thompson
Produced by BEESWING Music (BMI) administered by Bug Music
Courtesy of Cooking Vinyl, Ltd.
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Great Comedy and Relatable Film
27 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much out of this movie and I was slapped in the face. Julie Walters, Rupert Grint, and Laura Linney perform wonderfully as the main characters in this movie. Any teenager can relate to parental control and the urge to come out as who you really are, which is basically what this movie is about. Ben (Rupert Grint) does this when he meets retired actress Evie (Julie Walters) and begins to express his ideas with words. He slowly but surely breaks out of his shell and becomes much less awkward. Each and every viewer feels the ups and downs of the movie and the theatre is filled with laughter 75% of the time. The film satisfies all, and I hope that soon it might be released in all US theatres, because many do not have the chance to see the film unless they live in big cities. It is a MUST see!


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