MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 598 this week

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  18 April 2008 (UK)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 27,660 users   Metascore: 84/100
Reviews: 190 user | 214 critic | 34 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 17 Jan 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 28 Jan 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 30 Jan 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 20 Mar 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Happy-Go-Lucky.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Another Year (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Successful black woman traces her birth mother to a lower-class white woman, who denies it; emotions run high as everyone's secrets are exposed.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket. Their daughter Rachel cleans in a home for ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen
Naked (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge
The Savages (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

Director: Tamara Jenkins
Stars: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney
Submarine (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

Director: Richard Ayoade
Stars: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their father into their family life.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Stars: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

Director: Thomas McCarthy
Stars: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Director: Alexander Payne
Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister.

Director: Christine Jeffs
Stars: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Bookshop Assistant
...
Zoe
...
...
Alice (as Sinéad Matthews)
Kate O'Flynn ...
Sarah Niles ...
...
Joseph Kloska ...
Suzy's Boyfriend
...
Anna Reynolds ...
Receptionist
...
Trevor Cooper ...
Patient
Karina Fernandez ...
Flamenco Teacher
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Happy-Go-Lucky  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$73,867 (USA) (10 October 2008)

Gross:

$3,494,485 (USA) (16 January 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of Poppy was written specifically for Sally Hawkins. 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]
See more »

Connections

References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Breakfast
Performed by Bent
Written by Mills & Tolliday
Published by Warner Chappell Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of Godlike & Electric Records Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A cheerful film with an underlying vein of tragedy
1 May 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Happy-Go-Lucky has been reviewed in the British press as a relatively lightweight Mike Leigh movie, but I'm not so sure. The story revolves around Sally Hawkins' remarkable performance as primary school teacher Poppy Cross, a highly unusual character in that Hawkins and Leigh between them manage to make her consistently cheerful and optimistic without being either naive or irritating. Poppy is presented as both relentlessly cheery and, on another level, remarkably intuitive; throughout the film, she has a series of encounters with troubled male figures (a boy in her class who has started bullying, a very strange homeless Irishman and, above all, her phenomenally uptight driving instructor Scott) and in all of them, Poppy's liveliness and friendly curiosity about other people is seen to be a powerful counter to male self-pity, anger and despair.

Hawkins' character is not someone who is inclined to let life get her down, so it's just as well that she is surrounded by people with a somewhat more sardonic or downbeat take on reality. Her flatmate Zoe (Alexis Zegerman, very good) is a wonderfully dry and sarky counter to Poppy's enthusiasm, although the affection between them is palpable. Poppy's younger sisters Suzy and Helen are also quite different; Suzy is a law student who is more interested in clubbing, drinking and playing with her brother-in-law's Playstation than in criminal justice, while Helen is heavily pregnant, obsessed with acquiring the trappings of a respectable suburban life and unable to understand how her older sister can be so happy living in a rented flat and not stepping onto the property ladder.

The big surprise for me is that I had been led to believe that this is a more or less straightforward feelgood film. It isn't. Scott, Poppy's driving teacher (Eddie Marsan), is the most affecting character in it, and one of the greatest and most unforgettable characters in Leigh's oeuvre. Most of the reviews I've read of the film depict Scott as a hateful, sinister or otherwise despicable character, but although it's true that he is an uptight, judgmental, angry bigot, it is also perfectly clear from his first appearance that he doesn't know what he's talking about and that he is driven by emotional problems that he hasn't even begun to get a handle on. Marsan's extraordinary performance is one of the best things I've seen on film for a long time. Scott has been afflicted with very bad teeth and a mild speech defect (he can't really say the letter 'r') and although his inner anger and bigotry is played for laughs for a lot of the film, in the end it is allowed to blossom forth in a riveting scene where his fury, jealousy and terror of his own darkness spill forth in a heartbreaking and riveting torrent. If part of the point of art is to help us to understand people we would otherwise have little sympathy with, then this film is a work of art. I've never seen Marsan before but he deserves awards for this movie, no question.

Happy-Go-Lucky is a highly enjoyable and often very funny film, but it also carries terrible sadness. I have never been a massive fan of Mike Leigh, but lately I have to admit that I was wrong. He just seems to get better and better.


195 of 238 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Extremely difficult to watch grynai
What was the point in the scene with the tramp? crashbee
Poppy is a Metaphor for America negritude
Scott's statement 'You just want to be adored': true? ChineseDudeAtMidnight
People are jelous of Poppy because they have no balls! jlnewton147
I don't want to be like Scott faluvegi-1
Discuss Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?