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'Learning to Drive' review: Subtle performances from Clarkson, Kingsley

'Learning to Drive' review: Subtle performances from Clarkson, Kingsley

"Learning to Drive," not to be confused with the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman vehicle "License to Drive," comes from an autobiographical 2002 New Yorker article by essayist Katha Pollitt. In the magazine piece, later published in a Pollitt collection of stories, the longtime nondriving Manhattan resident bounces back from a breakup with a womanizing jerk (I'm taking her point of view) by grabbing the wheel of her own life, through driving lessons. At one point Pollitt imagines using her newfound skills to commit vehicular homicide on her ex. Nothing quite so fanciful occurs in the movie, which is decorous and civilized in the extreme. It's extremely well acted...

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