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Driving lessons - Julie Walters, Laura Linney, Rupert Grint, Jeremy Brock

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

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She drinks. He drives. Together it's the trip of a lifetime.

This rites-of-passage comedy introduces a shy and downtrodden Ben (Rupert Grint) with yet another dreary school holiday coming around. Seventeen years of living in an absurdly conservative and traditional household with his highly-strung and overbearing mother (Laura Linney) and quiet, mild mannered vicar father have taken its toll on young Ben. While the other kids are out having fun, Ben spends these precious few weeks attending bible classes, having driving lessons with his mother and helping out at a local old people's home.

However, Ben's world is turned upside down when he's employed by an eccentric retired actress Evie (Julie Walters). Vulgar, dignified and childish all at once, she certainly is not the kind of person Ben expected when searching through the job listings in the stuffy parish magazine, Hello Jesus. Evie enters Ben's life with a cataclysmic force, whisking him away on a series of adventures from camping, to performing Shakespeare in the garden, to attending the Edinburgh festival - where he finally meets a girl much nearer his own age.

Evie's unconventional and often downright bizarre behaviour challenges Ben's beliefs, and forces him to confront the very idea of who he wants to be. Then, when it seems that his new-found freedom is about to be taken away, Ben has to suddenly choose; should he continue to conform, or break out and live his life as his own man?

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama rite of passage UK England church summer adventure

Persons of interest

  • Michelle Duncan .... Bryony
  • Tamsin Egerton .... Sarah
  • Nicholas Farrell
  • Rupert Grint .... Ben Marshall
  • Laura Linney .... Laura Marshall
  • Oliver Milburn
  • Jim Norton
  • Julie Walters .... Evie Walton
  • Jeremy Brock .... Screenwriter
  • Jeremy Brock .... Director

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Theatrical report

Driving lessons is a warm, sweet-natured, delightful comedy in the English vein, which is to say, eccentric old women, sexually unsatisfied vicar's wives, innocent young men, camping, arts festivals and overgrown gardens (see also Keeping mum). It stars the red-haired kid from Harry Potter and the woman who plays his mum. She does a star turn as the batty old lady with too much time and not enough reclusivity. He does a great mope as the young man busy coming-of-age. Between them, literally and figuratively, is Laura Linney as the hard-core vicar's wife with too much time and not enough age. Mothers can be evil bitches when they put their minds to it.

This is a heart-warming film that sits comfortably next to Mrs Palfrey in the Claremont.

The drama, rite of passage, UK movie Driving lessons is directed by Jeremy Brock and stars Julie Walters, Laura Linney, Rupert Grint.

Government security censorship classification

M (Moderate coarse language)

Surveillance time

94 minutes (1:34 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 7 June 2007

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