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Driving Lessons (2006)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 13, 2006

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some thematic material.

Running Time
1 hour, 38 minutes

Country UK

Production Companies
ContentFilm (present), Rubber Tree Plant (as A Rubber Tree Plant production), UK Film Council (present), United Casting

Studio Sony Pictures Classics

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• Driving Lessons (2006)



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Genre: Comedy

Tagline: All Ben wanted was a job. All Evie needed was a friend.

Plot: With his orange-colored bowl haircut and freckled cheeks, actor Rupert Grint (known by millions of pre-teens as Harry Potter’s cinematic sidekick) is perfectly cast as Ben, an awkward teenage boy whose reticence almost trespasses into total muteness. After a lifetime of being reined in by his overbearing, deeply religious mother (the always spot-on Laura Linney), Ben enters into the social world via his job as assistant to one spitfire of a diva, the washed-up actress Eve Walton (the inimitable Julie Walters of EDUCATING RITA fame). Walton, unable to accept the disintegration of her once-lauded career, chews up the scenery with her theatrics, culled from both plays of her past (think Shakespeare soliloquizing on cue) and creations of her imagination (she constantly invents stories to tell Ben, forgetting them only hours later). Yet it is exactly this overdramatic flair for life that awakens something in the actress’s repressed assistant, and, for the first time, Ben begins to assert himself and his ideas. Of course, this is much to the chagrin of his pious, controlling mother, who struggles in her stern way to keep Ben on the leash she has worked so hard to tighten around him.

First-time director Jeremy Brock is no stranger to writing roles for strong women, having penned the

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 Directed by
Jeremy Brock
Charlotte Gray, Mrs. Brown, The Last King of Scotland
 Written by
Jeremy Brock
Charlotte Gray, Mrs. Brown, The Last King of Scotland
 Cast
Julie Walters
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Billy Elliot
Rupert Grint
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Laura Linney
The Truman Show, Mystic River, Love Actually
Nicholas Farrell
Hamlet, Chariots of Fire, Charlotte Gray
Jim Norton
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Straw Dogs, Memoirs of an Invisible Man
Oliver Milburn
The Descent, Me Without You, The Browning Version
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