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Driving Lessons

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Laura Linney, Driving Lessons
Driving Lessons: Jay Maidment

Driving Lessons

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
95 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/13/06
performer:
Rupert Grint, Laura Linney, Julie Walters
director:
Jeremy Brock
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Jeremy Brock
genre:
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a C-

You feel for 17-year-old Ben (Rupert Grint). His mom is a controlling Bible thumper (Laura Linney). His ”best friend” is Evie, a hunched-over, Auntie Mame-ish actress (a shrill Julie Walters). In the rigged comic battle that ensues over his young soul, naturally Driving Lessons is on swanny Evie’s side (she steals the boy away for a road trip to Edinburgh — fun!), but Linney is too sensitive and capable an actress to play a stock villain like this. That everyone in the movie dislikes her makes you dislike everyone in the movie.