Driving Lessons

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

The Making of Driving Lessons; Outtakes - Featuring Rupert Grint; Deleted Scenes - Featuring Rupert Grint.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2007
  • UPC: 043396170919
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,971

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Walters Eve Walton
Rupert Grint Ben
Nicholas Farrell Robert
Laura Linney Laura
Jim Norton Mr. Fincham
Michelle Duncan Bryony
Oliver Milburn Peter
Tamsin Egerton Sarah
Annabelle Trendy Mum
Faye Cohen Old Lady
Ruby Mortlock Old Lady
Don Wetherhead Old Man
Chandra Ruegg Chandra
Ricky Champ Tough Looking Man
Rupert Holliday Evans Store Manager
Harriet Brock Child at Campsite
James Brock Child at Campsite
Stanley Brock Child at Campsite
Jordan Young Receptionist
John Yule Hotel Manager
Jacques Kerr Waiter
Rose Keegan Pagent, Emma
Iain McColl Policeman
Annabelle Apsion Trendy Mum
Rita Davies Mrs. Robottom
Technical Credits
Jeremy Brock Director, Screenwriter
Matt Biffa Musical Direction/Supervision
Alessandro Camon Executive Producer
Clive Carroll Score Composer
Julia Chasman Producer
Alexandra Ferguson Co-producer
Robin Fraser-Paye Costumes/Costume Designer
Konrad Jay Asst. Director
Priscilla John Casting
Ashley Johnson Makeup
Robert Jones Executive Producer
David Katznelson Cinematographer
Amanda McArthur Production Designer
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
John Reid Art Director
John Renbourn Score Composer
Trevor Waite Editor
Alison Wright Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Driving Lessons
1. Failed [2:50]
2. The Freedom to Choose Truth [4:56]
3. The Actress, Evie [2:46]
4. The Girl, Sarah [2:34]
5. Robert [3:11]
6. Hanging With Evie [4:15]
7. Mom [2:29]
8. Evie's Things [4:11]
9. Acting Out [3:57]
10. Camping?! [1:52]
11. A Little Drive [4:12]
12. The Soul of a Poet [2:29]
13. "Guilt's a Wicked Ghost" [2:44]
14. "How Long is a Piece of Hope?" [3:58]
15. Edinburgh [1:54]
16. "A Woman Not an Oil Tanker" [4:32]
17. Bryony [5:33]
18. Waiting For Ben [:56]
19. Someone For Ben [1:12]
20. The Reading [1:59]
21. All is Revealed [1:24]
22. The Lake [4:51]
23. Don't Be a Betrayer [3:48]
24. Ben's Not Here [3:17]
25. The Play [1:36]
26. Evie to the Rescue [4:42]
27. New Starts [3:10]
28. Free Verse For Evie [5:01]
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Disc #1 -- Driving Lessons
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      Spanish
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   Special Features
      The Making of Driving Lessons
      Deleted Scenes
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         Old People's Home
         Camping Store Scene
         Ben at Dinner Table
         Hospital Scene
      Outtakes
      Previews
         Offside
         The Italian
         Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles
         House of Flying Daggers
         Riding Giants
         Dogtown & Z-Boys
   Previews
      Offside
      The Italian
      Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles
      House of Flying Daggers
      Riding Giants
      Dogtown & Z-Boys
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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    Quirky and fun

    Rupert Grint is amazing as 17-year-old Ben, living in a repressive household with his evangelical mother and his withdrawn, bird-loving father. He lands a job as a helper for a retired actress, brilliantly played by Julie Walters. Although Ben's mom is giving him driving lessons (that's what she calls the time she spends in her affair with the town priest), it is the often cranky Evie who teaches him to drive, and so much more. She opens up the world to Ben -- swearing (not done in his household), camping, and in general helping him learn that there is more to life than merely acting in his mother's Sunday-school plays. I laughed and I cried. Watch this one--you will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

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    Rupert Grint's portrayal of Ben is great.

    Rupert Grint's portrayal of Ben in this movie is great. Ben is a wanna-be poet with dreams of acquiring his driving license. However, he is held back at home by an over-bearing mother and a vicar father who seem more concerned with their careers rather than their son. When Ben takes a part-time job with Evie, he finds himself wanting to spend more time with her because she encourages him in his dreasms. I don't want to say anything more about the movie so you can discover how Ben develops in this "coming of age" movie. My only complaint is that there was too much swearing in this movie and a bedroom scene (not sexually explicit, however -- that was the reason I rated it four stars.) I would not recommend this movie for small children. Julie Walters, who plays retired actress Evie (also played Molly Weasley, Ron's mother, in Harry Potter) also gave a good performance. Rupert Grint is turning into a fine actor and it was nice to see him in something besides the Harry Potter movies. I recommend this movie for anyone aged 16 and up. I believe this movie is good for parents to discuss with their teen-aged children the importance of faith in God, dreams, attitudes and making good choices in life. I believe this movie gives fine examples of what to do and not do when it comes to making choices.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    I loved this movie. I bought it and watched it about and I just fell in love with it. I know Rupert from the Harry Potter movies, but his portrayal of Ben was just amazing. it blew my mind away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dull, but nice.

    It wasn't spectacular. Personally, I picked it off the shelfs because it had the famous star of the Harry Potter series, Rupert Grint, and the brilliant actress Julie Walters, in it. The plot was dull. Spice it up a bit, go more in depth with some of the characters... maybe then it would conceal the plot itself. The main actors' did great--I particulary enjoyed Walters performance as a batty old woman--it did her well *smiles and winks*. Perhaps work on the directing a little bit more and more in depth characters, then you'll get a movie. Better luck next time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Modern Day Reflection of 'Harold and Maude'

    DRIVING LESSONS is a little film that sneaks up on you. What at first seems to be a bit of fluffy nonsense comedy British style is at its base a very fine story about coming of age and the needs for significant friendship of both the young and the elderly. Writer Jeremy Brock ('Mrs. Brown', 'Charlotte Gray', 'The Last King of Scotland') here directs his own screenplay and the result is a cohesive, progressively involving tale filled with fascinating and diverse characters, each performed by sterling actors. Ben Marshall (Rupert Grint, standing firmly on his own as a developing actor post 'Harry Potter' series) is a quiet, plain little poetic seventeen-year-old living with his bird watching Vicar father (Nicholas Farrell) and his obsessive compulsive, rigid, evangelical do-gooder mother (Laura Linney) in a home where 'needy people', such as the murderous cross-dressing Mr. Fincham (Jim Norton), take precedence over family matters: the mother is by the way having an affair with priest Peter (Oliver Milburn), using Ben as her cover! Sad Ben is among other things attempting to learn to drive a car. His mother is a poor teacher and decides he needs professional lessons AND needs to get a job to help pay for poor Mr. Fincham's needs. Ben follows an ad and meets Dame Eve Walton (Julie Walters), an elderly has-been actress who is as zany as any character ever created. She hires Ben and the fireworks begin. Through a series of incidents, including a camping trip Evie demands they take, the two learn life's lessons missing from each other's natures: Ben learns self respect and self confidence and Evie finds a true friend who will allow her to drop her stagy facade and be the dear human being she has been hiding. Julie Walters, always offering the finest skills of acting in every character she creates, finds a role like no other here: she is outlandishly wild and lovable. Rupert Grint is exactly the right choice for the challenged coming of age Ben. The chemistry between the two is as tender as that in the classic film 'Harold and Maude'. Laura Linney is as always a superb actress playing a role quite different from her usual repertoire. And the supporting cast is a panorama of fine characterizations. This film is a delightful surprise and one sure to warm the heart and entertain those who love fine writing and direction and acting - and message! Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "awesome"

    I'm a huge Rupert Grint fan! This movie appealed to me because I love the way it stays true to the story and it shows how one person can grow so much in such a short span of time.

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