Simon Mein
EW Staff
August 02, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Happy-Go-Lucky

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
118 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/10/08
performer
Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough
director
Mike Leigh
distributor
Miramax
author
Mike Leigh
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it an A-

Mike Leigh follows 2004’s melancholic Vera Drake with a whimsical comedy that chronicles a few weeks in the life of Poppy (Sally Hawkins), a schoolteacher who confronts every obstacle in her life (a stolen bike, a scornful driving instructor) with eternal optimism. Between laughs, Leigh still manages to squeeze in some of his patented social commentary. ”For me, we’re making a kind of anti-miserabilist film, because we live in tough times and it’s easy to be down about many things, about what we’re doing to people in the world,” Leigh says. ”It’s a love letter to life.”
OUR TWO CENTS This is Leigh’s sunniest film since Topsy-Turvy, with a performance by Hawkins that won her a prize at the Berlin Film Festival. 10/10

See a clip of EW?s Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum discussing this film

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