The first Learning to Drive trailer has been released, giving us a look at the upcoming dramedy starring Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson.
Clarkson plays a Manhattan author whose life is thrown into disarray when her husband leaves her for a younger woman. She decides to finally learn to drive as part of her attempt to become independent, hiring Ben Kingsley’s Sikh instructor to give her lessons. Along the way, those lessons end up becoming life lessons – for both of them.
The “feel-good” factor is certainly what they’re aiming for here and, while the cast and plot seems to cater to that, we’re not too sure there’s particularly much of interest here. The leads are both great in their own right, so hopefully the slightly snooze-worthy feel we get is just down to the been-there-done-that trailer.
Director Isabel Coixet reunites with Kingsley after working together in the 2008 drama Elegy, a decent little picture co-starring Penelope Cruz.
Learning to Drive hits U.S. cinemas on August 21.
Official synopsis for Learning to Drive:
Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s road blocks.
Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.