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Not recommended under 8, PG to 15 (Moderate coarse language; adult themes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended under 8 years. due to coarse language and themes|
|Children aged 8-15||Parental guidance recommended due to coarse language and adult themes.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Driving Lessons|
|Consumer advice lines:||Moderate coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Seventeen-year-old Ben (Rupert Grint) is the frustrated and repressed child of an Anglican minister and his model Christian wife (Laura Linney). Summer holidays have begun and he has yet again failed his driving test, which he realises is due to the poor teaching skills of mother. Adding to Ben’s woes is his mother’s expectation that he will help her out in all her church duties (including acting as a tree in her church play production), his growing suspicion that his mother is having an affair with the young church deacon, his parents’ strained and tense relationship, and his own inability to communicate with his secret crush, Sarah.
When his mother takes in a vagrant as part of her Christian duty, she asks Ben to get a summer job to help financially with his care in their home. Ben applies for the post of companion to retired actress, Dame Evie (Julie Walters) and, after he gets the job, realises that he has taken on more than he can handle. Evie’s exuberant take on life and her ‘devil may care’ attitude are both a shock and an eye-opening experience for Ben. In Evie, he finds someone who appreciates his poetry and in Ben, Evie finds a good friend.
When Evie decides to go on a camping trip, Ben agrees (under duress and as he points out, without a licence) to drive Evie. Having begun to break the rules and constraints placed on his life by his mother, Ben takes the even bigger step of going on a road trip to Edinburgh for what might be Evie’s last performance.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Family breakdown, alcohol dependence
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Some children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Driving Lessons is a coming of age road movie about an unexpected friendship and living life with no regrets.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as.
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