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Happy-Go-Lucky (Ws Sub Ac3 Dol) [DVD] [2008] [US Import]

Sally Hawkins , Alexis Zegerman , Mike Leigh    DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin, Elliot Cowan, Andrea Riseborough
  • Directors: Mike Leigh
  • Writers: Mike Leigh
  • Producers: David Garrett, Duncan Reid, Gail Egan, Georgina Lowe, James Clayton
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N26GFC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A more upbeat movie than you might expect from Mike Leigh, yet one that finds one of Britain’s finest film directors still on good form. Happy-Go-Lucky follows a primary school teacher, Poppy, played by Sally Hawkins, who has an infectious, positive manner about her. She’s the shining core of the film, an upbeat, happy, yet absolutely three dimensional character.

Poppy’s nature is, inevitably, somewhat tested in Happy-Go-Lucky, not least by driving instructor Scott. Superbly played by Eddie Marsan, it’s fair to say that Scott doesn’t share Poppy’s positivity, yet once more, he’s a frighteningly real character, and at times extremely unsettling to watch.

There are layers to Happy-Go-Lucky, with plenty bubbling on under the surface, yet that there’s no escaping the fact that it is a cheerier movie than Leigh usually delivers. It’s fuelled particularly by Sally Hawkins, who is quite brilliant in the central role, and it’s potentially a career-making performance from her.

Yet, once again, the hidden star of Happy-Go-Lucky is Mike Leigh himself, who has shaped an often very funny film, but not one without some gravitas to it. The man remains a national treasure, and Happy-Go-Lucky is but the latest reason why. An easy film to recommend. --Jon Foster

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully conflicting views 28 Sep 2009
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Reading the other reviews, this seems to be a film that you are likely to either love or hate. I loved it, although if it were described to me, I would fully expect to find the Poppy character (or rather, the implication that she is an ideal that people should strive to emulate) rather patronising. I think what made the difference for me was that the character was shown to have some depth.

It's difficult to summarise plot, because there isn't really one - the film basically follows an extreme of character - the happy-go-lucky person who seems impossible to knock down. It's a 'slice of life' type film, and we see her in various situations that are probably there to show that her life isn't that different from the average. Who knows though? Perhaps we all have secret tragedies, and the fact that there is no real trauma in hers is the real source of her happiness. I suspect not though.

The scene with the tramp for me was critical - it was the point at which I stopped dismissing Poppy as a bit of fluff and started thinking that there was something else rather special about the character - the scene was unrealistic in the sense that few sane people would likely go up to a tramp who is very obviously not in touch with reality - but Sally Hawkins' portrayal was so convincing that instead of thinking, 'Fake' it made me think that Poppy had a very special insight, that she would know the tramp-nutter wouldn't harm her, and that she had sufficient compassion to try to find out how he was. It was that balance of compassion that made her chirpiness in the rest of the film endearing rather than annoying.

I loved the interactions between Poppy and Scott (the driving instructor) - and here again, it was the subtleties of the interaction and the great acting that won me over.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This film is poignant and touching, with the main character Poppy, played by Sally Hawkins bringing in a wonderful performance. It's not about special effects and bells and whistles; it's all about the script and well drawn characters. It is the kind of film that really cheers you up and makes you feel like smiling. Gentle and sweet, with a feel good effect; yet still with a twist Mike Leigh style, in the guise of Poppy's gloriously miserably driving instructor.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, colourful and insightful 9 May 2008
By Jaybird
Mike Leigh is the master of the awkward silence and the cringe, of the emotional distress behind so many people's lives.

On the surface, the relentlessly cheerful Happy go Lucky marks a change from that, because the central character, Poppy, is so irritatingly Pollyanna-ish and upbeat. Sally Hawkins carries the film, showing that behind her silliness and happiness, Poppy is in fact intelligent and sensitive. That said, the whole cast turn in great performances.

This is a much more insightful film than might at first meet the eye, fun to watch at the time, with plenty to think about afterwards. Fun and clever - what more ou could you ask for?

Shot in a glossy palate of primary colours, the whole film, and London in particular, look stunning. Highly recommended.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See it and smile 17 July 2008
By simonpeggfan VINE VOICE
Poppy, Mike Leigh's latest creation, sails through this slice of life with a smile on her face, fun on her mind and kindness in her heart.

Quite brilliantly brought to life by the excellent Sally Hawkins, Poppy has much to be happy about. A true friend, a nice flat in a Finsbury Park, a job she was born to do,supportive colleagues, An enjoyable social life, making her Happy-Go-Lucky. Many could probably act happy for a few hours but Hawkins manages so well to cover all the detail - the eyes, expressions and body language - to show happiness - and never sadness

Then there is Scott. When Poppy's bike is stolen (it must have "flown the nest"), she is confronted with Scott (Eddie Marsan) the driving instructor.The very antithesis of happy. Scott is rigid, angry, frustrated, impatient, knotted up and racist. A borderline OCD sufferer, who is tortured by who-knows-what in his past. Scott is the most bitter and overwhelming character in a Mike Leigh film since David Thewlis in "Naked". A towering performance.

If Poppy is the light, Scott is definitely the dark, but such dark shadows inhabit the whole of "Happy-Go-Lucky". The unhappy schoolboy, the glum Sister, the social climbing sister who dominates her husband. Little vignettes of irritation and annoyance.

The film is at times both lovely and disturbing, life affirming but carrying a caveat that unhappiness does exist in the sullen faces, in madness, in neuroses.

Happy-Go-Lucky is a highly enjoyable and often very funny film, but it also carries terrible sadness. I have never been a massive fan of Mike Leigh, but I have to admit that I was wrong. He just seems to get better and better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars En Ra Ha ha ha 22 July 2011
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Happy Go Lucky is the story of a female primary school teacher Poppy who, in the American vernacular, might be described as "kooky", as "happy go lucky" is probably a bit of an understatement. Bouncing from one situation to another, she constantly tries to engage overly-cheerfully in chirpy, witty banter with the plethora of surly people around her until she takes driving lessons.

Her driving instructor is a religious fundamentalist and conspiracy theorist with some serious anger management problems, who lesson after lesson becomes more and more aggressive. While this situation is ongoing, Poppy is also faced with new challenges teaching her previously bouncy, happy creative crafts lessons at the school, having to deal with issues of bullying and child protection.

As the darker side of life begins to creep in to challenge her own, it becomes an internal battle for Poppy to maintain her ultra-cheerful humorous perspective on life.

This is a well-scripted and brilliantly-acted film which can be taken on the surface as a rainy-day happy-go-lucky comedy romance or taken as something to think much more deeply about. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the outstanding performances from Sally Hawkins as Poppy, the actors portraying her family and flatmates, and Eddie Mason as the driving instructor from the depths of Hell.
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1.0 out of 5 stars noooooooooooo !
The actress is good but at the and of the movie I couldn't stand her laugh anymore. Beside I don't like movie without an proper end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allou
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but very watchable :)
I was recommended to watch this by a friend, saw it at stupidly cheap price and added it to basket when buying some other things. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Liz Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last of the Humanists
Mike Leigh is a *genius*, a most overworked word today when used to describe to directors. Leigh, a great admirer of Jean Renoir, another humanist, is the last of a great... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ilprofessore
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't leave me Happy Go Lucky
Very disappointed with this film, I expected so much more from it's write up,
Poor acting, Poor story line, What more can i say !
Published 5 months ago by Carole Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
This film looks better than it is going to be. Not a film I will rush to watch again. Not much of a story.
Published 9 months ago by Ames123
3.0 out of 5 stars ...
After reading such amazing reviews I was exciited to watch this film, it was good although the way it ended was a bit boring, did she end up with the bloke? Read more
Published 10 months ago by chrissy
4.0 out of 5 stars hilarious film
This film is brilliant - anything mike leigh does is great. Thoroughly enjoyed the humour and acting. Well done!! Would recommend to any ML fans.
Published 12 months ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars found the best place
at last a film supplier you can trust. item bought a used one, but it looked mint when I got it. will use again soon. recommended.
Published 12 months ago by Tazz
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get to the end
My sister recommended this as she felt I needed cheering up. Ha! What I found was the actors over acted. I found it to be a bit much. Read more
Published 13 months ago by L. Doone
3.0 out of 5 stars Accent on 'funny' or just funny accents...?
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