Learning To Drive Saturday, 11 July 2020

Learning To Drive

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language, sex, nudity and mature themes.

  • The pitch:

    Read the signs.

  • Starring:

    Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury, John Hodgman

  • Directed by:

    Isabel Coixet

  • Running time:

    90 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man is verbally attacked with racial slurs. Vehicle collision. Road rage. Cartoon explosion. A woman throws a book in frustration. Shot fiance, tortured family, wrongful imprisonment, Osama (bin Laden) mentioned. Castration mentioned. Scream, arguing.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couples have bedroom sex. A woman straddles a man to initiate sex/unclips a man's belt buckle. Exposed breasts, male bum, shirtless men, woman in nightgown, cleavage. Pictures of women in skimpy underwear. Infidelity, flirting, kissing. References to oral sex, anal sex.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine). Smoking. Bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women, Indians. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Racial slurs. Cultural/racial/religious stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Driving, lessons, relationships, adultery, marriage, political asylum, racism, Sikhs, multiculturalism, driving tests, arranged marriage, words, critics, independence.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead husbands, brother/son, fiance, parents mentioned. Relationship breakup. Vomiting, toilet, planes, lightning, thunder. Vision during end credits. Based on the autobiographical essay by Katha Pollitt.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Touching, insightful, well-meaning, metaphorical, respectful, grownup, amiable, gentle, warm, nice, fond, sweet, likable. Terrific cast, lovely/commanding/luminous performance by Patricia Clarkson, charming chemistry between Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, realistic characters, unpredictable at times, New York City looks terrific.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Soapish, unremarkable, sappy, toothless, bland, broad, lead-footed, pedestrian, unsurprising, familiar, unimaginative. Forced drama, often listless/uninvolving, several scenes are unnecessary/out-of-place.

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