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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review of film: “HAPPY-GO-LUCKY” – Is it Cheerfulness or OBLIVIOUSNESS?!

Review of film:  HAPPY-GO-LUCKY  Is it Cheerfulness or OBLIVIOUSNESS?! = 
                         [ Rating:  7.5 of 10 stars ]
Date Rated: Oct 21, 2008 | Rel. Date: Oct 10, 2008

[Per an advance preview:] This Mike Leigh film has English actress SALLY HAWKINS starring as Poppy, a schoolteacher who's so super-cheerful about life, you might wonder if her near-continual “perkiness” is a put-on or an inherent “defect” of some kind...

...  Her friends and family tend to be “quirky”, but they are clearly general “ENABLERS” of her happy-go-lucky attitude...

...  She finds her carefree demeanor a bit rained-upon by an angry driving instructor named Scott (well-played by EDDIE MARSAN), but still tries to go forward with her outgoing life by taking Flamenco dance lessons (from funny KARINA FERNANDEZ), dating a bit, and trying to help and encourage others around her...

...  Hawkins does a fine job [acting-wise], but, while the film is exceptionally “pleasant”, I didn’t find it all that funny. The characters are often unique, and it's their intriguing interplay that leads me to recommend this film for those who want to get away from today’s everyday life of distressing “downers” surrounding us.

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