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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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Feb 17, 2020

Far, far better than I'd expected after reading some of the reviews on here. Yes, Sally Hawkins' character tries your patience at first, and surely Mike Leigh knows that stoned people are nowhere near as funny to non-stoned people as they are to eachother - the post-dance scene goes on way too long. But if you can get past the first twenty minutes you'll start to realize this isn't a comedy and the film has lots to say about who we are underneath our outward presentations. Most of all, Hawkins' character Poppy is a thoughtful girl with a heart of gold, her driving instructor, masquerading as a disciplined and precise, four-square citizen, has some serious psychological issues. When (or if) you've grasped that you'll find this an engaging movie that stays in the memory long after it's over. If you like having your preconceptions challenged, if you can retain an open mind and distinguish between manner and matter, you'll probably enyoy this.

May 04, 2019

Crystallized truth. You might not see it unless you live a happy go-lucky life.

Mar 27, 2018

Awful, just awful. I like Sally Hawkins -- she was great in Blue Jasmine. and her cameo near the beginning of Never Let Me Go was the only good thing about that wretched, dystopian flop. And I had thought Mike Leigh, the writer/director, was sort of OK; he did some good work in Vera Drake and Secrets & Lies. This movie, however, is GODAWFUL. For a so-called comedy, Happy Go Lucky ISN'T FUNNY, isn't insightful, isn't satirical, isn't amusing, isn't anything but a colossal bore. HGL is a numbing, grating, at times shrill fiasco. Above all, it is a piffling WHO CARES?? There's zilch inside this 118-minute hollowed-out endurance test that a sane person could relate to let alone withstand.

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.

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.

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. 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 cow. Then there a few 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 as she remains blissfully oblivious of her surroundings. Unless the idea of spending two hours watching a pathologically happy scamp blow sunshine out her butt appeals to you I’d give this one a wide berth.

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.

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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nadian Jul 31, 2009

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

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.


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Aug 23, 2011

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