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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ben
Fay Cohen ... Old Lady 1
Ruby Mortlock ... Old Lady 2
Don Wetherhead ... Old Man
... Laura
... Peter
... Sarah
... Robert
... Mr. Fincham
... Evie
Chandra Ruegg ... Chandra
... 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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Opening Weekend USA:

$22,603, 15 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$238,774, 28 January 2007
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Screenwriter Jeremy Brock was reportedly inspired by his own teenage experiences working for Dame Peggy Ashcroft. See more »

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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 »

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Evie Walton: [stuck on the rock-climbing display] Ben... Can you- ca- can y-... Can you put your shoulder under my arse?
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Dedication: "For Rod Hall, 1951-2004". See more »

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Referenced in Come Fly with Me: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »

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Every Time I Feel the Spirit
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Arranged by Bazil Meade
Performed by The Hampton Choral Society and Choir Connexion
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Exceeded any expectations I had
4 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this tonight with moderate expectations - if Tartan Films have picked up on something and are releasing it the that's generally a good sign, however I'm not normally a fan of Julie Walters, generally disliking her comedy roles (sorry to any fans, but it's a personal thing - I just don't find her funny in comedy).

This was magnificent though - a great performance by all, but Grint and Walters are exceptional! Plenty of laughs, plenty of pathos, great timing and a wonderfully paced film - such a coming of age film wouldn't normally be something I'd expect to like so much but I can't recommend this highly enough - and watch Rupert Grint as he matures into a fine fine actor.


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