Driving Lessons

2006 PG-13 1h 38m DVD

Driving Lessons

2006 PG-13 1h 38m DVD
  • Overview
  • Details
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.
Cast
Julie Walters, Rupert Grint, Laura Linney, Nicholas Farrell, Michelle Duncan, Oliver Milburn, Tamsin Egerton
Director
Jeremy Brock
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
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."

Violence

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).

Language

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.

Consumerism

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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