Thursday, September 3, 2015

Learning to Drive Review - 2 Stars

Patricia Clarkson suffers a bad divorce and moves forward with the help of driving lessons in “Learning to Drive.”  Ben Kingsley plays a Sikh Indian-American cab driver/driving teacher.  The strength of “Learning to Drive” comes from the combination of Clarkson and Kingsley–two stellar actors.  It’s no surprise that student and teacher from different worlds learn from each other.  Kingsley has an intriguing subplot:  an arranged marriage.  “Learning to Drive” gets far too cute and effete for its own good.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Art house comedy/drama.  Is it entertaining?  Great acting in a thin story  Is it worth the price of admission?  Not especially compelling.