Driving Lessons

2006 PG-13 1h 38m DVD

Driving Lessons

2006 PG-13 1h 38m DVD
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Looking to earn some cash -- and to get out from under the thumb of his domineering mother -- shy teen Ben Marshall accepts a job working as an assistant to a retired soap opera actress with an unquenchable thirst.
Julie Walters, Rupert Grint, Laura Linney, Nicholas Farrell, Michelle Duncan, Oliver Milburn, Tamsin Egerton
Jeremy Brock
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this coming-of-age story (which stars Rupert Grint, of Harry Potter fame) focuses largely on sexual awakening and insecurities. This involves the 17-year-old hero's mooning over a classmate, fretting over his mother's adulterous affair, and learning about the sexual interests of his employer, a retired actress. He ultimately loses his virginity to a college student (brief skin is visible). Several references (visual and verbal) to hitting women with cars. Some drinking and salty language, especially from Evie (a couple of "f--k"s, plus other profanity).

Sexual Content

Discussions of sex and a young man's sexual desire; slang for breasts ("t-ts"); adulterous affair; 16-year-old's crush leads to bad romantic poetry; boy's loss of virginity (kiss and embrace, some clothing removed, wakes in the morning with girl in bed); a fan tells Evie her TV soap is "big on the gay scene."


Car careening; car-related injury; discussion of a man running over his wife with his car (treated as comedy, but doesn't sound so funny).


At least two "f--ks" (pushing it for PG-13), plus other familiar profanity ("s--t," "hell," "ass"), British profanity ("bloody," "bugger"), and some other language ("queer," "you silly cow").

Social Behavior

Characters lie; Evie encourages Ben to disobey his mother and is stubbornly obstinate; jokes about evangelical Christian faith; Ben's pushy/insecure mother pays dearly for her "sins" Ben's wimpish father remains wimpish.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Evie drinks to the point of drunkenness and passing out; Ben drinks wine with Evie (he identifies himself as underage), then drinks liquor in a pub; some background smoke.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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