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)


    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.


    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.


    Alcohol (wine). Smoking. Bar setting.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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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