In a poor working class London home Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, they and their local community are brought together, and they rediscover their love.
Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.
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
Eddie Marsan admittedly had a hard time shaking off his character in this film. Just two days the production wrapped, he began his work on Hancock (2008) opposite Will Smith and arrived on set with a grumpy and irritated mood. See more »
At one point Scott admonishes Poppy and asks her how old she is. Poppy replies she is 30. Scott would have known Poppy's age as he inspected her provisional driving license at the beginning of their first driving lesson. Towards the end of the film Poppy's age comes up again when Scott guesses that she is 22 when, as previously explained, he would have been fully aware of her age. The latter incident could have been deliberate flattery on the part of Scott. See more »
[pulls out book from shelf]
The Road to Reality...
[smiles and pushes the book back]
Don't wanna be going there!
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Title should have been "Happy Go Looney". Poppy is nothing but ANNOYING!!
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"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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