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Driving Lessons

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Jeremy Brock

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About the Movie

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 members of the church staff than helping Ben learn how to operate the family automobile. Wanting to earn some pocket money, Ben starts looking for a part-time job and ends up working for Evie Walton (Julie Walters), an elderly and slightly eccentric actress who needs help keeping her garden in shape. Laura believes Evie isn't an especially good influence on her son, though Ben is happy to find someone who encourages his interest in poetry and the larger world (especially girls). One day, Evie announces that she needs to ride to Edinburgh, where she is supposed to give a reading as part of the city's massive music and arts festival. While Ben doesn't have his license, he volunteers to take the wheel, and soon he's confronted with various forms of decadence that his mother has frequently warned him to avoid. Driving Lessons received its North American premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 75
  • Fresh: 36
  • Rotten: 39
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: With the aid of a charmingly offbeat story and a jolly good dialect coach, the stars leave you thinking, well done. Their spirited performances help cover up glaring holes in the plot. – Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 21, 2006

Rotten: Everybody in the movie is so tightly wound that Walters seems a model of actorly limberness. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Rotten: A Scottish Harold and Maude, with none of the charm. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This coming-of-age movie, unlike Evie's sleek old Citroen wagon, is a clumsy contraption, but it's nice to see Rupert Grint coming out from under that colorful thatch, and coming, not a moment too soon, into an appealing pre-maturity. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Driving Lessons is amazing!!!

I originally wanted to see this movie because it has Rupert Grint from the Harry Potter movies. That was the only reason. But, after seeing it, I was like, wow, what a great movie, and extremely different from what I expected. The story of how Ben (Rupert Grint) comes of age is amazing. Laura Linney, as the over-controlling mother is simply amazing. If I had a mother as over-bearing as her character, I would be scared. Julie Walters as Evie was amazing, too. She was over-dramatic, being a former actress, but she was real. She helps Ben to learn more about the world, and she helps him come of age. Seriously, watch this movie. IT ROCKS!!


omg! I LOVE RUPERT! thank you soooo much iTunes for putting the actual movie up for buying! i love you guys!

Oh awesome!

I had wanted to watch Driving Lessons for the longest time but since it was only available in selected theaters in the United States, I just didn't have the privilege to see the film. Thanks to iTunes, I can finally see the film! I really wanted to see Rupert acting in non-Harry Potter films. I think Rupert is the best actor out of the trio (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson) from the Potter films although he just does not have enough spotlight on him because Daniel Radcliffe is supposingly the better-looking one. Emma Watson used to be very good but in her recent Potter films, she just acted Hermione out with too much exaggeration. Rupert, alone is the actor that was consistent with his character. It is awesome to see him in other role to prove this point.

Driving Lessons
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2007

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