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Academy Award nominee Mike Leigh (Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Vera Drake, 2004), delivers the delightfully fresh and cheerful comedy HappyGoLucky. Free-spirited and effervescent, Poppy is a schoolteacher whose unstoppable optimism guides her life. Bubbling forth with giggles, laughter and jokes, life's a bowl of cherries even when she comes across a few pits. Whether it's a cranky driving teacher or a fiery flamenco instructor, Poppy embraces life on the sunny side of the street. It's a joyous, feel-good film you'll find irresistible.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 153
- Fresh: 142
- Rotten: 11
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It is a decidedly clear-eyed exploration of the challenges of being happy. And, as such, it's both an enjoyable comedy and a fascinating character study.
Fresh: A picture so seemingly light that it might be hours (or even days) before you realize how deep and rich it really is.
Fresh: The new Mike Leigh film, Happy-Go-Lucky, is a real pleasure, and besides being Leigh's most buoyantly comic feature it's a marvelous showcase for Sally Hawkins, who has worked twice before with the British writer-director.
Fresh: The key to enjoying the film, a minor effort by Leigh, is warming up to Poppy. Her bubbly personality may be too much for some. She's like a walking, talking smiley face.
You can't help but come away from this movie feeling cheerful. It's a simple story with a simple message. Life doesn't have to be difficult if you just take it for what it is. This is the second movie I've seen with Sally Hawkins (the other is Made in Danegam) and She is one fine actress, I hope to see more of her and if these two movies are any indication of her talent, we will. Why it has an R rating, I don't know, PG13 would have been better suited. Watch this one you won't be disappointed.