HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Storm Boy
Storm Boy
Frozen II
White Sheik, The
Whalebone Box, The
Hunt, The
Invisible Man, The
Honey Boy
System Crasher
Judy & Punch
Bacurau
Battling Butler
Vivarium
Seven Chances
Dogs Don't Wear Pants
Navigator, The
Knives Out
Hit!
Charlie's Angels
Passport to Shame
Le Mans '66
Keep Fit
Doctor Sleep
Friend or Foe
Brass Target
Mine and the Minotaur, The
Sky Pirates
Syncopation
Sea Children, The
Ghost of a Chance, A
Go Kart Go
Great Buster, The
Seventy Deadly Pills
Wings of Mystery
Treasure at the Mill
VFW
Crime Wave
Terminator: Dark Fate
Slithis
Antonio Gaudi
   
 
Newest Articles
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
Ozploitation Icon: Interview with Roger Ward
Godzilla Goes to Hollywood
Demy-Wave: The Essential Jacques Demy on Blu-ray
The Makings of a Winner: Play It Cool! on Blu-ray
Sony Channel's Before They Were Famous: A Galaxy of Stars
Start Worrying and Hate the Bomb: Fail-Safe on Blu-ray
Completely Different: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 2 on Blu-ray
Bash Street Kid: Cosh Boy on Blu-ray
Seeing is Believing: Being There on Blu-ray
Top Thirty Best (and Ten Worst) Films of the 2010s by Andrew Pragasam
Top of the Tens: The Best Films of the Decade by Graeme Clark
Terrorvision: A Ghost Story for Christmas in the 1970s
Memories Are Made of This: La Jetee and Sans Soleil on Blu-ray
Step Back in Time: The Amazing Mr. Blunden on Blu-ray
Crazy Cats and Kittens: What's New Pussycat on Blu-ray
No Place Like Home Guard: Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes on Blu-ray
A Real-Life Pixie: A Tribute to Michael J. Pollard in Four Roles
   
 
  Confessions of a Driving Instructor Men And Motors
Year: 1976
Director: Norman Cohen
Stars: Robin Askwith, Anthony Booth, Sheila White, Doris Hare, Bill Maynard, Windsor Davies, Liz Fraser, Irene Handl, George Layton, Lynda Bellingham, Avril Angers, Maxine Casson, Chrissy Iddon, Ballard Berkeley, Suzy Mandel, Sally Faulkner, John Junkin
Genre: Comedy, SexBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Timmy Lea (Robin Askwith) is taking his driving test today, but it's not any old driving test, as this is his examination to become a driving instructor. He is introduced to his tutor, who turns out to be a young woman, and not only that but as they drive along it grows clear that she is interested him as more than a pupil. With Timmy doing everything right, the examiner tells him to pull into a layby and starts to seduce him, the effect of this being that their passion is so torrid that the car falls to pieces. Still, it all works out well in the end even if the car doesn't, as Timmy passes with flying colours - now he and his brother-in-law Sid (Anthony Booth) can open their own driving school.

After the comparative highs of Confessions of a Window Cleaner and Confessions of a Pop Performer, the series that had become the most famous of all the British sex comedies of this era began to settle down into looking a lot more like its peers. There may be a caption at the end which informs us that the Confessions films are the genuine article, as if to say "accept no imitations", but as there were so many of this type of thing it was difficult for many audiences to see what the difference was. I'd imagine the producers thought they secured a better quality of guest star, or enjoyed a higher standard of jokes.

However, while there are a few decent enough chuckles with ...Driving Instructor, it was obvious they were running out of ideas, although Christopher Wood was still turning out the original novels and indeed provided the script here. The concept of women so sex-starved that they would resort to shagging their driving instructors, not even to pass their tests, mind, seemed a lot more desperate than a quickie with the window cleaner or being caught up in the lower echelons of showbiz. Perhaps for this reason the whole driving school premise doesn't take up a huge part of the story, mainly reduced to sketches in the main plot.

That main plot sees, somewhat surprisingly, Timmy take on the British class system as a working class crusader breaking down the barriers between the toffs and the hoi polloi. The main object of his affection is, therefore, Mary (Lynda Bellingham, then-wife of the producer) who is the posh daughter of the owner of the rival school next door, played by Windsor Davies somewhat bizarrely not with his Welsh accent, but as a Scotsman complete with kilt (but equally oddly, without any "Is anything worn under the kilt?" "No, it's all in perfect working order" style of gags). Davies' Mr Truscott has a sidekick in George Layton playing Bender, who is also vying for Mary's affections.

There are hints that the producers might have liked to stage some Death Race 2000 stunts, but were lacking the money to pull them off, so when Irene Handl gets behind the wheel as a little old lady who has failed her test forty-three times, she careers around the road to some extent, but the crashes that result are minor. Although they do get her to drive the wrong way up a motorway, we don't see how she ends up parking the car on top of a transporter, just as we don't see Timmy's car landing in a pond when he accidentally lets the handbrake off when he finally gets close to Mary. Class differences raise their head when Timmy is seduced by a Lady whose Lord is out fox hunting, or when the family goes to a posh restaurant and feel out of their depth, but while this could have been mined for better laughs, this instalment settles for average most of the way. Music by Ed Welch.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 8927 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
Andrew Pragasam
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Paul Shrimpton
   

 

Last Updated: