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Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

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A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.

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Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She's a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she's close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The one movie this fall that will put a smile on your face.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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21 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£385,190 (UK) (18 April 2008)

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$3,494,485 (USA) (16 January 2009)
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Trivia

Sally Hawkins' third film with director Mike Leigh. See more »

Goofs

Poppy cycles South of the river over Blackfriars Bridge but gets off in postcode EC1 (shown on a road sign), which is north of the river. A minute later, when she walks into a shop, she's in SE1 - which is where she should have ended up. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [first lines]
Poppy: [pulls out book from shelf] The Road to Reality...
[smiles and pushes the book back]
Poppy: Don't wanna be going there!
[laughs]
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Connections

Featured in Behind the Wheel of Happy-Go-Lucky (2009) See more »

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Breakfast
Performed by Bent
Written by Simon Mills (as Mills) and Nail Tolliday (as Tolliday)
Published by Warner Chappell Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of Godlike & Electric Records Ltd
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Really a disappointment
10 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I got such hype on this movie from the media, but found it to be such a disappointment. Maybe the intention was that this character was "trying to make everyone happy", but she came off as annoying and disruptive and attention-seeking. And all those facial movement - is she supposed to have Tourettes Syndrome? If anything proved how contrived the character is and how manipulative the story line it is this: The character goes off under a dark bridge to have some kind of face-time with a huge, dirty stranger having a psychotic episode (like any "nice" person would do) and then in another scene totally freaks out because her driving instructor is simply standing on the sidewalk looking at her apartment window. Come on! And don't get me started on the trivialized treatment of gay/lesbian and racial themes Perhaps if we all drink as heavily as Poppy, we would always have her shallow point of view. Not once did she listen to the subtext of someone else's experience until her driving instructor finally hit her and even then she didn't get that she actually was so very patronizing.

Poppy's message: Come on, be happy man, who cares what grief you might actually be feeling or in what way you might be distracted or maybe you are just at work and don't want to deal with my 3-year-old personality. Just be happy because I say so and if you aren't happy, well, you just aren't NICE.


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