Happy-go-lucky

Happy-go-lucky

DVD - 2009
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Poppy is a life-loving and irrepressibly cheerful primary school teacher. She is thirty years old, single, and infinitely optimistic and accepting. She lives with her best friend and flatmate Zoe in London. She is tested by a repressed driving instructor with anger problems, and, in turn, she decides to test him. She has exciting flamenco lessons, an encounter with a homeless man, an argument with her pregnant sister, and a love-affair with the social worker guiding one of her students.

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SmartAssAWhip
Sep 14, 2015

A little light on laughs for me, however it is interesting to see from a 3rd-person point of view how two polar opposites approach life, (unlike the rest of us who are not overly negative nor overly positive). A charming performance by the female lead.

Quimeras Jul 10, 2015

Uninteresting story and annoying protagonist.

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COURIER3
Jan 17, 2015

A boring crummy movie.
Driving instructor scenes awful.
Previews overrated. I read the newspaper thru the entire movie.
English accent difficult to understand. Scene at the chiropractors visit was interesting..
Can't believe this English flic received a Golden Globe nomination. Plot was difficult and boring to follow. Was worried when Poppy encountered a homeless man at night.

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Nursebob
Dec 27, 2014

Poppy is a 30-year old primary school teacher suffering from terminal optimism. No matter what lemons life throws at her she turns them into lemonade.....and lemon meringue pie.......and a lemon tarte. When her bike is stolen she decides to take driving lessons. When a young boy in her class is suspected of being abused at home she winds up bedding the hunky school social worker that comes to interview him. You could describe her as being “ebullient” although “flakey”, “taxing” and “irritating” also come to mind. Those of you who appreciate Mike Leigh’s wonderfully human working class dramas may be disappointed by this frothy little confection that makes a lot of noise but goes nowhere. Although there’s no mistaking the effort Sally Hawkins puts into the role of Poppy, the character herself comes across as flat and too cutesy for words. There are a few laughs along the way of course, the recently dumped Flamenco teacher was priceless and her initial lessons with a somewhat uptight driving instructor were pretty funny as well. What bothers me the most I suppose is the way in which Leigh presents irresponsibility as a virtue. The only voice of reason in the entire film is the married sister, and she is presented as an anal-retentive bitch. There are two key scenes in which Poppy realizes that a goofy smile isn’t enough to overcome life’s miseries....one unrealistic episode in which she tries to comfort a 300 lb crazy man; and another, arguably the film’s best segment, in which her driving instructor has a psychotic meltdown. Yet both scenes are eventually downplayed and as the carefree chronicles of our manic little dumpling come to a close we see her floating aimlessly on a pleasant pond with her best friend, completely oblivious of her surroundings. Unless the idea of spending two hours watching a pathologically happy scamp blow sunshine out her ass appeals to you I’d give this one a wide berth.

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ilovewhippets
Feb 26, 2014

It was an OK movie..some interesting parts.. and realtionship interplays, humorous events.. I, also, found her somewhat irritating at times.. Perhaps, she was trying too hard to be comedic..

Green_Bird_203 Feb 12, 2014

The heroine is supposed be loved by everyone, but sorry I didn't. I found her irritating and sometimes obnoxious. If you are fond of Sally Hawkins, you might better enjoy this movie.

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uzebdrumz
Nov 03, 2012

"EN RA HA." You will not soon forget Eddie Marsan as the driving instructor and the overall creepy character that he portrays. He steals the show, but Sally Hawkins gets most of the laughs as the optimistic, gregarious Poppy. The story seems like comedy at first, but it becomes very dramatic, desperate and sad - the interplay between Marsan & Hawkins is great. Definitely worth watching. "EN RA HA."

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dresdenfan
Aug 27, 2012

Great feel-good film. I love the character of Poppy and try more each day to approach life the way she does. Sure, it may be a bit unrealistic, but there are certainly worse things to strive for.

jbird_76 Aug 06, 2012

Fantastic film if you're looking for a movie that is character driven rather than plot based. While nothing really happens the performances are captivating, especially from Sally Hawkins as Poppy and the lunatic driving instructor.

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TtamioO
Apr 06, 2012

Life is neither half empty or half full. Here, it is full-period.

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nadian Jul 31, 2009

Violence: One minor scene of agression. Minor descriptions of abuse off screen.

nadian Jul 31, 2009

Sexual Content: Partial nudity and suggested sex off screen. Sexual language.

nadian Jul 31, 2009

Coarse Language: Used sporadically throughout the film, heavy at times.

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DolphinDogs
Aug 23, 2011

DolphinDogs thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

nadian Jul 31, 2009

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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