Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

Well known for his sober, bleak works (think Vera Drake and Naked), master and veteran English director Mike Leigh cranks up the positive with Happy-Go-Lucky; a tale spun from the creative, caring and cheerful life of Poppy (Sally Hawkins, last seen briefly in The Painted Veil).

A thirty-something primary school teacher, single and living with her best friends in London, Poppy is a glass three quarters full kind of gal – loves the children she teaches, likes a dance, cares for her younger sister, takes flamenco and trampoline lessons. You know the type. The film – an observational comedy – follows Poppy as her optimism is tested by life, by an awkward romance with a work mate, and most hilariously by a friendship with her driving tutor Scott (Eddie Marsden). Scott is Poppy’s opposite – an angry, fiery fusspot who treats her lessons very seriously.

Best Actress (Comedy) for Sally Hawkins - Golden Globes 2009. Best Actress for Hawkins - Berlin Film Festival 2008.
2008Rating: M, contains violence and offensive language118 minsUK
ComedyDrama
Director:
Mike Leigh ('Vera Drake', 'All or Nothing', 'Secrets & Lies', 'Naked', 'Life is Sweet')
Writer:
Mike Leigh
Cast:
Sally HawkinsEddie MarsanAlexis ZegermanSamuel RoukinAndrea Riseborough

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Reviews & comments

whats it all about?

Quite good. sold performances.a bit of a change.

3.0

loved it!

All you folk who gave this movie one star need to stick to seeing Will Smith 'blockbusters' as movies like this are not for you! My husband and I and our 12 year old son really enjoyed this. We thought it was very funny. In fact I'm going again with a friend tomorrow. Not quite up there with 'Secrets and Lies' possibly, but a good Mike Leigh movie...

4.0

What is This Woman ON?

There are probably people like the lead of this rather patchy comedy in real life . . . Probably after being released into ciommunity care; If there was ever a person who viewed the world witha false sense of optimism it was this woman. Admittedly, those around here are equally bad in their own ways, and some of the optimism she spews outtward like a...

2.0

warm and funny

Saw this with my dad last night and it is a warm/funny human interest story. Intriguing scenes with the driving instructer and Poppy's flatmate/friends. I would easily see again with a drink and some other people

5.0

Interesting

All you people giving this a one-star review are insane! Save your one stars for Jessica Alba horrors or Ashton Kutcher comedies. This is an unusual, but fresh film which deserves a more thoughtful response. Put this in perspective. It's not a mainstream multiplex bland comedy. It's an arthouse film at heart. If it seems strange, thank god for that. ...

4.0

Shocker

Didn't think it was possible to make a movie this bad. Feeble story line and a lead character to drive you nuts. Great cure for insomnia.

1.0

Funny, low key and charming

If Poppy is nailed by Sally hawkins, Flicks has again nailed it with "Some viewers may find it a bit to lose". Anyway, not all bad, worth a look.

3.0

Great characters

I understand how some people could get annoyed with Poppy's unflappably optimistic personality, but the undiluted strength of her character is quite impressive. I loved the relationship between her and the grumpy driving instructor, and found their final confrontation quite powerful. There are many funny moments, particularly with Poppy's husband-in-law -...

4.0

Snore fest

A movie about someone with a bubbly personality but not much else You begin to ask yourself why am I here and how much longer can I take this. You must be able to find something better to see or do

1.0
Variety

Variety

press

Effervescent comedy offers a lighthearted slice of life seen through eyes of a free-spirited London schoolteacher, replete with lessons of various sorts and humorous comparisons of teaching methods. Less pointed and edgy than anything in Leigh’s oeuvre except “Career Girls,” it still gets by on its own diverting charms.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A couple of hours in Poppy's company will deal to the most stubborn case of the winter blues. "You can't please everybody," Zoe tells her, but she's not listening. "There's no harm in trying," she replies.

4.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Mike Leigh's vision is completely realised through Sally Hawkins performance, she's on screen for pretty much the entire film, and her support cast of friends and family, and her sad, fear-riddled and increasingly loathsome driving instructor, complete the picture.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

As breezy as the title suggests, the film is about as far as can be imagined from such bleak Leigh classics as "Vera Drake" and "Naked." Spun from the cheerful life of its central character -- a smart, confident, goofball primary school teacher named Poppy (Hawkins) -- the film shares her optimism without being at all syrupy or sentimental. Hawkins, who starred to great effect in a recent British television remake of Jane Austen's "Persuasion," is a marvel with her urchin looks and irresistible smile. She makes Poppy unforgettable.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Mike Leigh draws a bravura performance out of Sally Hawkins, and she in return makes Poppy one of Leigh’s best characters yet - up there with the likes of Vera Drake or Beverly from Abigail’s Party.

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

There's some great natural-feeling, seamless acting here, which may be down to the intensive rehearsal period Leigh favours. After numerous over-processed sugar-coated Hollywood romantic-comedies, Happy-Go-Lucky has a very real taste that's refreshing.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Anyone who saw the magnificent, but magnificently depressing Vera Drake might be bracing themselves for another Mike Leigh downer – but Happy-Go-Lucky is anything but. The director's new film is a charming character study starring Sally Hawkins as a quirky, chirpy primary school teacher, Poppy, who delights in teasing her new driving instructor and living life to the full. An improvisational comedy drama, it's very funny and establishes Hawkins as a major talent to watch.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Effervescent comedy offers a lighthearted slice of life seen through eyes of a free-spirited London schoolteacher, replete with lessons of various sorts and humorous comparisons of teaching methods. Less pointed and edgy than anything in Leigh’s oeuvre except “Career Girls,” it still gets by on its own diverting charms.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A couple of hours in Poppy's company will deal to the most stubborn case of the winter blues. "You can't please everybody," Zoe tells her, but she's not listening. "There's no harm in trying," she replies.

4.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Mike Leigh's vision is completely realised through Sally Hawkins performance, she's on screen for pretty much the entire film, and her support cast of friends and family, and her sad, fear-riddled and increasingly loathsome driving instructor, complete the picture.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

As breezy as the title suggests, the film is about as far as can be imagined from such bleak Leigh classics as "Vera Drake" and "Naked." Spun from the cheerful life of its central character -- a smart, confident, goofball primary school teacher named Poppy (Hawkins) -- the film shares her optimism without being at all syrupy or sentimental. Hawkins, who starred to great effect in a recent British television remake of Jane Austen's "Persuasion," is a marvel with her urchin looks and irresistible smile. She makes Poppy unforgettable.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Mike Leigh draws a bravura performance out of Sally Hawkins, and she in return makes Poppy one of Leigh’s best characters yet - up there with the likes of Vera Drake or Beverly from Abigail’s Party.

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

There's some great natural-feeling, seamless acting here, which may be down to the intensive rehearsal period Leigh favours. After numerous over-processed sugar-coated Hollywood romantic-comedies, Happy-Go-Lucky has a very real taste that's refreshing.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Anyone who saw the magnificent, but magnificently depressing Vera Drake might be bracing themselves for another Mike Leigh downer – but Happy-Go-Lucky is anything but. The director's new film is a charming character study starring Sally Hawkins as a quirky, chirpy primary school teacher, Poppy, who delights in teasing her new driving instructor and living life to the full. An improvisational comedy drama, it's very funny and establishes Hawkins as a major talent to watch.

4.0

whats it all about?

Quite good. sold performances.a bit of a change.

3.0

loved it!

All you folk who gave this movie one star need to stick to seeing Will Smith 'blockbusters' as movies like this are not for you! My husband and I and our 12 year old son really enjoyed this. We thought it was very funny. In fact I'm going again with a friend tomorrow. Not quite up there with 'Secrets and Lies' possibly, but a good Mike Leigh movie...

4.0

What is This Woman ON?

There are probably people like the lead of this rather patchy comedy in real life . . . Probably after being released into ciommunity care; If there was ever a person who viewed the world witha false sense of optimism it was this woman. Admittedly, those around here are equally bad in their own ways, and some of the optimism she spews outtward like a...

2.0

warm and funny

Saw this with my dad last night and it is a warm/funny human interest story. Intriguing scenes with the driving instructer and Poppy's flatmate/friends. I would easily see again with a drink and some other people

5.0

Interesting

All you people giving this a one-star review are insane! Save your one stars for Jessica Alba horrors or Ashton Kutcher comedies. This is an unusual, but fresh film which deserves a more thoughtful response. Put this in perspective. It's not a mainstream multiplex bland comedy. It's an arthouse film at heart. If it seems strange, thank god for that....

4.0

Shocker

Didn't think it was possible to make a movie this bad. Feeble story line and a lead character to drive you nuts. Great cure for insomnia.

1.0

Funny, low key and charming

If Poppy is nailed by Sally hawkins, Flicks has again nailed it with "Some viewers may find it a bit to lose". Anyway, not all bad, worth a look.

3.0

Great characters

I understand how some people could get annoyed with Poppy's unflappably optimistic personality, but the undiluted strength of her character is quite impressive. I loved the relationship between her and the grumpy driving instructor, and found their final confrontation quite powerful. There are many funny moments, particularly with Poppy's husband-in-law...

4.0

Snore fest

A movie about someone with a bubbly personality but not much else You begin to ask yourself why am I here and how much longer can I take this. You must be able to find something better to see or do

1.0