Driving Lessons (2006)

JEREMY BROCK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.

United Kingdom, 2006.  ContentFilm, Rubber Tree Plant, UK Film Council.  Screenplay by Jeremy Brock.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Young  lives under the thumb of his religiously conservative mother () and miserable, church minister father (). After deciding to take a summer job, he becomes the personal assistant to a once-famous, now falling-down-drunk has-been actress (). Becoming her friend as well as helper, Grint takes a road trip with Walters when she is asked to participate in a book reading that could be her comeback to the big time; the experience is one that broadens the young man’s horizons and pushes him towards choosing between the life of freedom that Walters endorses (and is a representative, cautionary tale of) or staying in the safety of his mother’s religious comfort zone. Bright performances, most especially a wonderfully energetic Walters, and an ending that avoids any pat-happy conclusions are the highlights of an otherwise surprisingly forgettable experience.

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