Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date: October 17, 2008 (limited)
DVD: March 10, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
based on 10 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Alexis Zegerman, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Stanley Townsend, Kate O'Flynn, Caroline Martin, Oliver Martman, Sarah Niles, Samuel Roukin, Karina Fernandez, Nonso Anozie


Poppy (Sally Hawkins) is an irrepressibly freespirited 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"?

Director: Mike Leigh
Studio: Maple Pictures
Producer(s): Simon Channing Williams
Screenplay: Mike Leigh
Official Site: www.happygoluckythemovie.com

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  • 5 stars "Very interesting theme: staying happy despite setbacks."
  • 1 star "Like Seinfeld...The show about nothing only this wasn't funny either. Absolutely the worst show I have ever seen"