Driving Lessons (2006)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language, sexual content and some thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeremy Brock
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On DVD: Jul 3, 2007
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as Laura Marshall

as Evie Walton

as Ben Marshall

as Emma Pagent

as Manager

as Old Lady

as Trendy Mum

as Receptionist

as Robert Marshall

as Old Lady

as Mr. Fincham

as Tough Looking Man

as Child at Campsite

as Mrs. Robottom

as Child at Campsite

as Driving Inspector

as Child at Campsite

as Policeman

as Trendy Mum
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Critic Reviews for Driving Lessons

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (29)

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

Full Review… | December 18, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Barely worth the trip.

Full Review… | November 17, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Driving Lessons


CAST: Rupert Grint, Julie Walters, Laura Linney, Nicholos Farrell, Oliver Miburn

DIRECTED BY: Jeremy Brock

SUMMARY: 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.

MY THOUGHTS: It was exactly what I was hoping for. An offbeat dark comedy. Light on the darkness though. Julie Walters was brilliant in this movie. She's so funny in this film. First time seeing Rupert Grint in a film besides the Potter one's. He did good in this film. He plays a very shy boy but aged with a poets soul. Just wanted to watch a movie that would make me genuinely laugh without trying to hard, and this film did it for me. Fun movie with some serious stuff going on in it as well. His mother is a bit insane. My opinion, but I don't think many will disagree with that comment. But all in all, a good watch. See it if you get a chance.


Super Reviewer


very charming! rupert grint comin into his own. Julie Walters was GREAT!

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer


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 good as a sheltered, shy teen who goes to work for Julie Walters's character who is either eccentric or a bit crazy. Some of it wasn't quite believable, like the girl he picks up (or other way round, to be more exact), but this mostly works and is a good coming of age film.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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