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Driving Lessons rating 
3/5 Driving Lessons

   
Director Jeremy Brock
Writer Jeremy Brock
Stars Julie Walters, Rupert Grint, Laura Linney
Certificate 15
Running time 98 minutes
Country UK
Year 2006
Associated shops

Reviewed by Mostic

Driving Lessons brings together a cross-generation friendship between shy young would-be poet teenager Ben (played by Harry Potter vet Rupert Grint) goes to work for eccentric middle-aged actress Evie (Julie Walters) and gets to learn life skills that he was never going to acquire under the stranglehold of born-again repressive mum Laura (Laura Linney). Soon Evie has Ben driving her up to Edinburgh for the festival, going all-night camping and meeting young girls, much to the disgust of Mum Laura.

Julie Walters gives a typically magnetic performance as eccentric Evie and Rupert Grint gets to play a le ad that will serve him well for later. Writer-director Brock's comedy isn't going to set the world alight - it doesn't quite go over the top enough, but Julie Walters fans should enjoy her grasp of the vernacular in this mildly engaging rites-of-passage comedy.

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