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Poppy is a free-spirited Londoner with an irrepressible zeal for life, a young woman who always manages to laugh at life's absurdities. Her adventures spark a provocative, truthful yet ultimately winning exploration into just what the difference is between a leading a cynical life and pursuing an optimistic one - one in which doom and despair aren't so much blocked out as seen through a transforming filter of unsinkable good cheer.
Comedy Drama - This is a long, chatty comedy aimed at adults. Fans of British film
and the work of director Mike Leigh will enjoy. The R rating is only
for some language, but the film would not be of interest to young
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Happy-Go-Lucky is a character study that devotes nearly all of its considerable attention and energy to the portrayal of one individual: the irrepressible Poppy, who is played by Sally Hawkins with an intensity and immersion one normally associates with an Oscar nomination.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good 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. It is that rare film that is equal parts entertaining, life-affirming and thought-provoking.
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Poppy (Sally Hawkins) is an irrepressibly free spirited school teacher who brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism to every situation she encounters, offering us a touching, truthful and deeply life-affirming exploration of one of the most mysterious and often the most elusive of all human qualities: happiness. Poppy's ability to maintain her perspective is tested as the story begins and her commuter bike is stolen. However, she signs up for driving lessons with Scott (Eddie Marsan), who turns out to be her nemesis - a fuming, uptight cynic. As the tension of their weekly lessons builds, Poppy encounters even more challenges to her positive state of mind: a fiery flamenco instructor, her bitter pregnant sister, a troubled homeless man and a young bully in her class, not to mention that she has also thrown out her back. How this affects not only Poppy's world view but also the outlook of those around her begs the question "glass half full or half empty"?