‘Learning to Drive’

11191080_oriA minor piece of entertainment that’s hard to dislike but which will hardly leave you shouting its plaudits from the rooftops.

The main problem is its total lack of challenge – all the characters are one-dimensionally ‘nice’. Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of Eight, The Green Mile) as the cheated upon wife, her husband;  Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Shutter Island) as the Sikh driving instructor, his new-to-the-US wife – all are challenged by events around them, none of them rise to the bait.

Director Isobel Coixet (The Secret Life of Words, My Life Without Me) choses to focus on hope and the positive rather than the darker elements of feminism, racism, sexism et al – and is the weaker for it.

Rating: 48%


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