Driving Lessons
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Two strong-willed women wield their influence on a shy teenaged boy in this coming-of-age comedy from the United Kingdom. Seventeen-year-old Ben (Rupert Grint) is the son of a soft-spoken vicar (Nicholas Farrell), but it's his mother, Laura (Laura Linney), who rules the household, and she has put Ben cheerfully under her thumb, keeping him busy with a variety of good-will errands for the church and numerous local charity causes. With summer vacation looming before him, Ben is looking forward to learning to drive, but Laura is more interested in spending time with one of the more charming… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Writer-director Jeremy Brock has backloaded much of the hero's family conflict into the final scenes, which collapse under the weight."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's an exercise in calculated high-quirk in which the most egregious forms of stereotyping -- particularly along gender and religious lines -- attempt to pass for 'human' behaviour."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Brock subscribes to the new school of British Imperialism: crafting cozy little trifles that conquer foreigners with preciousness."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"The highlight here is most certainly Julie Walters, who hams it up royally, and does a fine job of making her role as an aging actress more than just a cartoon character."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Too many alcoholic outbursts and pitiful breakdowns wear down your patience."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Driving Lessons is a poignant miniature that offers [Julie] Walters a chance to be typically wonderful - saucy but deep - and [Rupert] Grint to stretch quite commendably."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"[Brock] sticks to the inspirational formula of contemporary English sentimental comedies: that real life has little relevance."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Driving Lessons is as dull as its title."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"A warmly funny coming of age story as the ultra conservative clashes with the unconventional in a confluence of the unexpected"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The film is anchored by Walter's brilliant performance. She has a field day with this rambunctious, pampered yet terribly insecure woman. Grint is often reduced to playing straight man, but his reactions are priceless and the fact that he and Walters have"
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Barely worth the trip."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Driving Lessons, with perfectly cast actors, a poignant and often hilarious script and original music, is a study in how fun British humor can be."
‑ Annemarie Moody, Arizona Republic
"They say that truth is stranger than fiction, but as we see in most autobiographical coming-of-age films, adolescent truth is just as boring as adolescent fiction."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Típica besteira de cinema independente que se julga mais inteligente e observadora do que é na realidade. O surpreendente é perceber que, enquanto Walters e Linney apelam para caricaturas, o jovem Grint oferece uma atuação sólida e envolvente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The characterizations and comic situations both seem forced and labored."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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