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Driving Lessons stars Rupert Grint, whom everyone will recognize as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. In this contemporary story of a shy young man, pressed by his mother to get a job, Grint becomes the daytime companion for a retired actress. The film was written and directed by Jeremy Brock, who was one of the screenwriters of The Last King of Scotland. Scotland is about the only thing the films have in common, as Driving Lessons is very funny. Grint does a great job as Ben Marshall, the shy young man.
Teens will like this movie, as it shows how hard it is to deal with crazy adults. It will also appeal to Masterpiece Theater fans who will recognize the rest of the cast. I would further suggest the movie to people who enjoyed Harold and Maude. Like the old cult classic, it has a frustrated young man with an overbearing mother, and he becomes attached to a wild old lady.
Reviewed by Rick