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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Poppy
... Bookshop Assistant
... Zoe
... Dawn
... Alice (as Sinéad Matthews)
... Suzy
... Tash
... Scott
Joseph Kloska ... Suzy's Boyfriend
... Heather
Anna Reynolds ... Receptionist
... Ezra
... Patient
... Rosita Santos
... 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 | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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MK2 [France] | Momentum Pictures [UK] |  »

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Release Date:

21 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Happy-go-lucky  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£385,190 (United Kingdom), 20 April 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,867, 12 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,494,485, 18 January 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Samuel Roukin. 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 Imagine: The One and Only Mike Leigh (2014) See more »

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ABC
Written by Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell (as Alphonso Mizell), Deke Richards and Berry Gordy
Published and Licensed Courtesy of Jobete Music Co Inc/EMI Music Publishing
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Disappointing
23 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

I found Poppy to be annoying and unlikable except when she was with schoolchildren, which was only for a small time. There were a few mildly amusing bits of dialog but nothing particularly funny. The film went nowhere and explained nothing, even though it raised a number of relationship questions that could have been explored. We went to see it because the paper quoted a critic who gave it a 3.5 of 4 stars and said that it would all be explained "sanely." I didn't get it, even after reading several other folks' reviews. The acting was fine, which is why it wasn't a complete bomb, and I didn't walk out in the middle because I kept hoping that something--anything--would eventually become clear, although I was dying to look at my watch every few minutes. We were disappointed in our hopes. (Obviously this is my opinion because others felt that something did become clear.) I and a friend did not stay for the credits, which is very rare, because we just didn't care enough about any of it.


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