Film #258: DRIVING LESSONS
3 out of 5 stars
While the film is told in an enjoyable fashion, sadly the story is one we’ve all seen dozens of times - young, impressionable kid meets eccentric, carefree older person and finds his way to independence and to himself. Comparisons to HAROLD & MAUDE are inevitable and not without merit. The cast here (Julie Walters and Rupert Grint) is spot on. Sadly, the usually impeccable Laura Linney is the clunker here… adopting an obviously put-on English accent and mannerisms. Humorous in spots, there is a sad little undercurrent here that gets handles a little too heavy-handedly. Still… the film is enjoyable and Grint & Walters give solid performances that make the film worth renting… just don’t expect an abundance of originality.