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8 years, 1 month ago at Sep 15 10:38
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''It's not easy being an adult''
''It's not easy being you, is it?''

Set in contemporary London and follows the adventures of Poppy, a primary school teacher.

Sally Hawkins: Poppy

Happy-Go-Lucky wasn't anything at all what I expected. The beginning of the film I was worried if Mike Leigh's offering may not live up to my expectations, ... read more


6 years, 11 months ago at Nov 24 13:16
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The character is very silly and the movie doesn't give the happy-lesson you expect from the trailer.
Some scenes are funny though.

You can't make everybody loves you, Poppy.

6 years, 9 months ago at Jan 21 18:30
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For the first hour with the except of the first ten minutes I got bored but eventually the movie got better. The character of Sallay Hawkins, Poppy, is a bubbly woman that see a lot of happiness in the world where most of the grow up don't understand anymore what makes her looks like an idiot. You get usted to her, to her personality and start loving her. Her relationship with Scott is the best pa... read more
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Description: Just how hard is it to be happy? In the effervescent new comedy from writer/director Mike Leigh (“Vera Drake,” “Secrets & Lies”), Sally Hawkins stars as Poppy, 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 enthusiastically signs up for dri ... (more)
Release date: 21 November 2008
Tags: Comedy (10), Drama (9), British (8), 2000s (7), 2008 (7), UK (7), Teacher (6), Driving Instructor (4), Optimism (4), Happiness (4), (3), Love (3), School (3), Bully (3), Bar (3), Flamenco (2), Rave (2), Quirky (2), Chiropractor (2), Sort (2)
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“Hawkins' character, Poppy, was really difficult to cope with. She was not "bringing the laugh and optimism", she was actually being psychotic with ignoring problems and laughing hysterically, taking nothing seriously and being absolutely a pain to the people around her having real issues. Even her "teacher life" was unrealistic- myself being a teacher, I really wish I never had a colleague like her. A very convincing Marsan, always fantastic in his challenging roles, and a very annoying Poppy (I hope it was the character). The only reason I sat through the movie was because I was told it's good...that "good part" never came. I was literally very pissed off with her and annoyed with how wrong the way she dealt with Scott was. Wouldn't recommend this movie and wouldn't watch it again.” read more

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