Confessions of a Driving Instructor


by Tuna

Driving Instructor is the third in the "Confessions of" series, and doesn't deviate from the formula. This time, the film chooses the upper class to poke fun at.

Anthony Booth has decided to open a driving school, and his partner will be Robin Askwith. They are next door to an aristocratic driving academy, so their work is cut out for them, especially since their competitor is a snooty rich Scotsman who has it in for them. Fortunately, the snob's daughter (Lynda Bellingham) fancies Askwith. Not that it makes much difference. The business, as usual, ends in disaster. En route, Askwith nails the rich girl, his secretary (Maxine Casson), and various customers (Suzy Mandel, Sally Faulkner and Chrissy Iddon). Robin's dotty dad has less to do than in the two previous films, but manages to join in the snob-bashing by making a mess of a pretentious restaurant.

Compared to the earlier entries in the series, this one had a higher ratio of physical-to-verbal in the humor category, and the dialogue was not so clever. At this point in the series, Askwith and Booth had both become caricatures of themselves and the entire joke was wearing thin. That is not to say it is an utterly bad film. There are plenty of beautiful naked birds doffing their kits and a comical rugby match which must be seen to be believed. But Driving Instructor is definitely a step down from the first two Confessions. 


Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


As the series headed downhill, this one was just for diehard fans.


  • Lynda Bellingham shows her left breast.
  • Maxine Casson, Suzy Mandel, Sally Faulkner and Chrissy Iddon do full frontal.







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1.9 IMDB summary (of 10)






All four Confessions films are available together in a single boxed set from Amazon UK for about 30 quid.