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Directed By
Mike Leigh

Written By:
Mike Leigh

Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Elliot Cowan, Nonso Anozie, Trevor Cooper, Stanley Townsend, Sinead Matthews, Samuel Roukin, Tim Glanfield, Andrea Riseborough, Rebekah Staton, Joseph Kloska, Oliver Maltman, Karina Fernandez, Alexis Zegerman, Kate O'Flynn, Sarah Niles, Philip Arditti, Karina Fernandez, Jack MacGeachin, Caroline Martin

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Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
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Movie Review by Zara
April 30th, 2009

I am officially going to eliminate the word "just" from my vocabulary because of this movie.

Very rarely do I get to the point where I end up really disliking a movie. Even more uncommon is when I will turn it off and not watch it all the way through. I've done that with a handful of movies and they were all shady, really, really bad independent numbers.

I sat all the way through HAPPY GO LUCKY and the only thing that kept me going was watching the clock on the cable box tick away the minutes, knowing that if I could endure 2 hours of this torture, at least I could say I earned the right to complain about it.

Poppy is one of the most annoying characters I have ever seen committed to film. I don't need a movie to have a great story and I don't need a movie to teach me a moral and I don't even need to like a character to like a movie. But I HATED Poppy. I wanted to smack her throughout the entire movie aside from the one bizarre scene where she attempted to befriend a schizophrenic homeless man. And I watched that scene (and gave the movie an extra half star because of it) because the homeless guy is worth watching the scene for.

Everyone kept raving about how great Sally Hawkins was in this film. She's a skinny, nerve-jangling minger. The guy she ends up with is as flat as she is forced, her actresses playing her friends all look like they're putting up with being in the movie only in order to get a paycheck and the guy who's giving her driving lessons should have beat her soundly about her head much, much, much, much earlier in the film and not for the reasons that he spouts off. Where he ends up interested in her, I don't get. Are all lonely men supposed to be instantly attracted to anything that giggles and breathes? I despise the concept that men, even when lonely, don't have personal standards.

Agh. ARGH!

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