Driving Lessons

Driving Lessons

Driving Lessons
A soft, ‘Harold And Maude’-type coming of age story about shy teenager Ben (Rupert ‘Ron Weasley’ Grint) trying to escape the influence of his domineering mum (the great Laura Linney). He takes a good step in this direction when he takes a summer job with retired actress Evie (Walters).

Ben and the foul mouthed Evie make for an odd couple – they go camping, recite Shakespeare in the garden and head off to the Edinburgh Festival, where Ben is drawn to a girl nearer his own age…
98 minsUK
ComedyDrama

Reviews & comments

Amazing actors, but...

I found the film boring. The storyline was not interesting enough. Walters and Grint were great though!

3.0

Awesome Performances

The cast of this movie was amazing!! Julie Walters' character was a 'laugh out loud' sort of person whilst Rupert Grint's character didn't seem to be very happy throughout the film. But I guess he finds happiness with Julie's character. One of my favourite actresses of all time is Laura Linney and I have to say she has done a remarkable performance as the...

5.0

Light and fun

Colourful and fun. An older woman much more attractive than her younger counterpart. Another light, watchable from the Britian.

4.0

Julie Walters Take a Bow

Another charmingly eccentric British film. A great relationship built here, between a repressed teenage boy from dysfunctional parents and a crazy elderly writer who breaks all the rules. She offers him a chance to be a free spirit, hungry for this, he grabs gently at the chance and through her outrageous behaviour learns not only to drive a car but also...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Basically conservative yet titillatingly "eccentric" British laffer could succeed in the "Full Monty" import slot...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The screwball aging diva genre isn't the only formula guiding this stubbornly old-fashioned movie. Driving Lessons belongs to the silly feel-good mode of "The Full Monty," "Calendar Girls," "Billy Elliot," "Kinky Boots" and dozens of other celebrations of Britons defying convention to become "free," whatever that means...

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

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...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Aiming for wacky and heartwarming, the film is, at its sporadic best, a mildly diverting coming-of-age story. At its worst, it feels forced...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Grint does his Ron Weasley thing, looking abashed and apologising profusely, while the usually outstanding Linney’s overwrought anguish seems to belong to another movie. But all this is irrelevant — the BAFTA already has Walters' name etched on it...

3.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This is more like a pale, muddled imitation of the classic Harold and Maude, only with a much duller male lead and without the love story or much comedy...

2.0
BBC

BBC

press

It may not pass with flying colours, but Driving Lessons still motors along likeably enough...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Basically conservative yet titillatingly "eccentric" British laffer could succeed in the "Full Monty" import slot...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The screwball aging diva genre isn't the only formula guiding this stubbornly old-fashioned movie. Driving Lessons belongs to the silly feel-good mode of "The Full Monty," "Calendar Girls," "Billy Elliot," "Kinky Boots" and dozens of other celebrations of Britons defying convention to become "free," whatever that means...

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

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...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Aiming for wacky and heartwarming, the film is, at its sporadic best, a mildly diverting coming-of-age story. At its worst, it feels forced...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Grint does his Ron Weasley thing, looking abashed and apologising profusely, while the usually outstanding Linney’s overwrought anguish seems to belong to another movie. But all this is irrelevant — the BAFTA already has Walters' name etched on it...

3.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This is more like a pale, muddled imitation of the classic Harold and Maude, only with a much duller male lead and without the love story or much comedy...

2.0
BBC

BBC

press

It may not pass with flying colours, but Driving Lessons still motors along likeably enough...

3.0

Amazing actors, but...

I found the film boring. The storyline was not interesting enough. Walters and Grint were great though!

3.0

Awesome Performances

The cast of this movie was amazing!! Julie Walters' character was a 'laugh out loud' sort of person whilst Rupert Grint's character didn't seem to be very happy throughout the film. But I guess he finds happiness with Julie's character. One of my favourite actresses of all time is Laura Linney and I have to say she has done a remarkable performance as the...

5.0

Light and fun

Colourful and fun. An older woman much more attractive than her younger counterpart. Another light, watchable from the Britian.

4.0

Julie Walters Take a Bow

Another charmingly eccentric British film. A great relationship built here, between a repressed teenage boy from dysfunctional parents and a crazy elderly writer who breaks all the rules. She offers him a chance to be a free spirit, hungry for this, he grabs gently at the chance and through her outrageous behaviour learns not only to drive a car but also...

3.0