Happy-Go-Lucky

Just how hard is it to be happy?


Happy-Go-Lucky
Mike Leigh's latest movie has acquired a string of nominations and awards. One of his most upbeat movies, it is a character study of a young London school teacher, who is irrepressibly optimistic. Nothing gets her down, not even her bicycle getting stolen. Instead, she signs up for driving lessons, which forms the bulk of the story. Her instructor is a grumpy old soul, but will her upbeat charm rub off on him? She also interacts with several other people, all of whom are affected one way or the other by her cheerfulness.

119 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language).
Comedy, Drama, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin
Director
Mike Leigh
ScreenplayMike Leigh
MusicGary Yershon
CinematographyDick Pope
EditingJim Clark
Sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
Made in2008
Produced byFilm4, Ingenious Film Partners, Summit Entertainment, Thin Man Films, UK Film Council

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreComedy, drama
LanguageSome
NudityNone
SexMild
ViolenceMild
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsA comedy/drama, upbeat and poignant with mildly adult themes.
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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith
15
Die Burger
Mariana Malan
10
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
15
24.com
Shaheema Barodien quote iconGo watch it for its inspiring lead performance. Poppy isn't someone you're likely forget very easily.
15
BBC
Anna Smith quote iconAn improvisational comedy drama, it's very funny and establishes Hawkins as a major talent to watch.
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
20
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconPoppy is clearly intended to be a shining beacon of good cheer in this world of woe but everything about Happy-Go-Lucky is so forced and facile, she seems more like a cartoon grotesquerie. But then, maybe it’s not such a surprise that Mike Leigh doesn’t know anything about happy people.
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconPoppy is the kind of character it's a pleasure to spend two hours with. In fact, I would gladly have given her additional time. Most importantly, she's the reason to experience this film and, because of her, what an experience it is!
15
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconGet ready for Sally Hawkins, a dynamo of an actress who will have her way with you in Happy-Go-Lucky, leaving you enchanted, enraged to the point of madness and utterly dazzled. No list of the year's best performances should be made without her.
18
Metacritic.com
34 critics
17
Rottentomatoes critics
132 critics
15
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconMike Leigh's latest partially-improvised film is a light-hearted comedy with moments that bite, and features a brilliant star turn by Sally Hawkins.
19

What the People say

Internet
6414 Netizens quote iconA cheerful film with an underlying vein of tragedy
15

Average .. 75%

15

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