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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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Dawn
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Alice (as Sinéad Matthews)
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Flamenco Student
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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>

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

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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21 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Happy-go-lucky  »

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

When Poppy (Sally Hawkins) visits the book store, at the beginning of the film, one can see the book "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson on display. Hawkins later voiced one of the main characters of the story, in a short film adaptation of the book. See more »

Goofs

In the build up to the final (aborted) driving lesson Scott (Eddie Marsan) is seen turning right into Holloway road (half way up and heading north), then moments later they are seen navigating the Highbury and Islington roundabout, turning into again into Holloway road about half a mile south of the previous location. 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 The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) See more »

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Let Me Try Again
Written by Paul Anka / Sammy Cahn / Figuier / Michel Jourdan / Claude Vasor
Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd (c) 1973
Used by permission. All right reserved.
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Title should have been "Happy Go Looney". Poppy is nothing but ANNOYING!!
25 December 2008 | by (Urbana, IL. USA) – See all my reviews

Dear Readers, please see the movie before voting whether or not a review is helpful.

"Happy-Go-Lucky" (HGL) is being marketed as a lively comedy, in the vain of "Amelie," which is a far superior film that should be rented instead of seeing HGL (a search for Amelie at IMDb will bring up a review). HGL made me and my fiancée sad and annoyed that we had wasted two hours of our lives watching this dreck.

HGL is a film about several sad and miserable people and an annoying, overly-optimistic Poppy who sees the world though rose-colored-glasses no matter the problem or danger. Poppy come across as a lunatic surrounded by boring characters. No one in HGL does anything to endear themselves to any of the other characters or for that matter to the audience. Poppy may be "Happy" but her happiness is not infectious, and she does nothing that brings any joy into the film world or our world.

HGL has few laughs and fails as a comedy; it also fails as a drama about sad and miserable people.

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