Driving Lessons
Driving Lessons (2006)

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,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 13, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2007
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it has charm, Driving Lessons is a middling offering in the genre where the youngster coming of age meets a quirky senior who teaches valuable lessons about life.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Brock subscribes to the new school of British Imperialism: crafting cozy little trifles that conquer foreigners with preciousness.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Barely worth the trip.

Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Driving Lessons is as dull as its title.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Writer-director Jeremy Brock has backloaded much of the hero's family conflict into the final scenes, which collapse under the weight.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Christopher Campbell

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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

[Brock] sticks to the inspirational formula of contemporary English sentimental comedies: that real life has little relevance.

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
CAST: Rupert Grint, Julie Walters, Laura Linney, Nicholos Farrell, Oliver Miburn DIRECTED BY: Jeremy Brock SUMMARY: A coming of age story about a shy… More
Lanning : )
Because I would very much like to see Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe succeed in their acting work beyond the wonderful Harry Potter movies, I… More
Morgan Salem
very charming! rupert grint comin into his own. Julie Walters was GREAT!
Mason Williams
Driving Lessons is a lovely film from over the pond in the UK. Julie Walters, Laura Linney, and Rupert Grint all shine in this film. This film centers on a… More
Nicki Marie
Didn't quite go where I thought it would, but it was a good movie. Laura Linney plays the type of mother you would want to strangle to Ruper Grint, also… More
Alice Shen
Shoddy amalgam of "Harold and Maude" and "Lost in Translation." In re the former: it lacked the romantic relationship between young and… More