Driving Lessons

Synopsis: A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother. His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Jeremy Brock
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Thank you, Ben.

Tell your mother she's an angel,

cooking for all us oldies.

When's the driving test?

-This afternoon.

You got a girlfriend yet?

Oh, no, no.

Not yet, no.

Don't forget.

Hand brake, mirror and turn.

My name is Roger, and I'm your

driving examiner for today.

I'd like you to approach

the next roundabout and

take the first exit.

No, that was the first exit,

please. You're still going round.

In a moment, I'm going to

strike the dashboard.

When I do, I'd like you to

make an emergency stop.

Emergency stop, please.

Stop the car.


Never mind, darling.

I crashed the car.

Well, you were nervous.

Mum, do you think I should have some

proper lessons with a teacher?

I've been driving for 25 years.

You just need more practice.

Seat belt, please.

Oh, come to my heart,

Lord Jesus

There is room

in my heart for Thee

Just fill me

with your presence Lord

I want you to be



Bye, Sarah.

-Bye, Peter.

Bye. See you next Sunday.

-Bye, guys. See you on Sunday.

See you, Peter.

I know a lot of

the guys teaching Religious

Education at Coventry.

It's a hell of

a competitive course now,

very new science,

philosophy, culture.

Very rounded, very sexy.


Obviously I can't take Ben's exams

for him, but I can...

I can definitely recommend him.

Thank you, Peter.

Isn't that wonderful, Ben?


Ben really knows his Bible.

It's just the academics

he struggles with.

Maths was always my problem.

Ben and maths.

Don't even talk about it.

Peter was just telling

us about his thoughts

for an International Day,

with all the different

parish faiths swapping ideas.

I thought it sounded wonderful.

I'm not sure

Finchley Central's quite ready

for Peter's particular bra

of evangelism.

No need to be sarcastic, Robert.

At least he's trying.

May I offer you some more,

Mr. Finley?

How is your room, Mr. Fincham?

Did you manage any sleep

this afternoon?

Ben took his driving test today.

He did very well.

Just a few things to iron out.

Of course, now we've got

the summer holidays ahead of us,

we can spend even

more time in the car.

There you are.

How's my grown-up boy?

Your father and I

have been talking.

Now that Mr. Fincham's

staying with us,

it might be thoughtful if we all

contributed a little money

towards getting

him back on his feet.

What do you think?

Who is Mr. Fincham?

Mr. Fincham came to me

asking for shelter.

He'd heard that I

like to help people.

But how long

is he staying for?


he ran over his own wife.

He must take

as long as he needs.

I thought if you

got a summer job,

you might put some of the money

towards helping Mr. Fincham.

Ask yourselves this question.

How is a person truly free

until they can think

and act for themselves?

God gave us free will

so that we could choose his love.

You see, he wanted us

to understand our commitment,

to be grown-up about it.

If you say to me,

"Am I a Christian?"

I say to you,

"If you strive to do good,

then you're a Christian. "

Hand brake, mirror, turn.

If you don't seek to

hurt or betray others,

you're a Christian.

If you're true to

yourself and treat others

as you'd have them treat you,

you're a Christian.

The more a person

parades their Christianity

for the benefit of others,

the less I'm inclined to trust

the Christianity

they claim to bring.

God tells us

true faith is

the freedom to choose truth.

Now, how you express that,

the way, the manner,

the means at your disposal,

these things are of no consequence,

be you Christian or atheist,

unless in your heart

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Jeremy Brock

Jeremy Brock MBE (born 1959) is a British writer and director whose works include the screenplays Mrs Brown, Driving Lessons, The Last King of Scotland, Charlotte Gray, and The Eagle. Brock has also written two plays for the Hampstead downstairs theatre. more…

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