• Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)


Release Date: October 10th, 2008

DVD Release Date: March 10th, 2009

R |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

Teacher Poppy Cross (Sally Hawkins) is an eternal optimist who lives with her more cynical friend Zoe (Alexis Zegerman). Deciding she wants to learn to drive, she starts taking lessons from Scott (Eddie Marsan), a tense and downbeat instructor who believes Poppy's levity reflects a lack of seriousness. Although they clash, Poppy is not deterred from her goal. Meanwhile, she starts dating Tim, a social worker who came to her school to help a child.

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough, Sinead Matthews, Kate O'Flynn, Sarah Niles, Eddie Marsan

Director: Mike Leigh

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Thin Man Films, UK Film Council, Summit Entertainment

Keywords: Friend , London , Friendship , 2000s , Sister , Family , Offbeat , Amusing , Charming ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    I thought "Topsy-Turvy" was perfection, a spirited evocation of the partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan, plus a blithely definitive depiction of the artistic process. Happy-Go-Lucky is perfection too, assuming you go along with its leisurely pace, which I did quite happily. show more

  • 70
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    As surprising as it is delicious with an indelible performance by new star Sally Hawkins. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Stays with you like great movies tend to do. It asks you to examine the inner mechanisms of human beings, cheerful and miserable alike. It's not about looking at a glass half empty or a glass half full. It's about drinking down what's in that glass and letting it fill your soul. show more

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Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)