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January 14, 2009, 12:20 am
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"Oh! What-chu-ma-call-it ding dang dilly dilly da da hoo hoo!"-Poppy

"Oh! What-chu-ma-call-it ding dang dilly dilly da da hoo hoo!"-Poppy

Fantastic, hilarious, touching, quirky… well  that doesn’t even begin to explain Happy-Go-Lucky.  Directed by British filmmaker Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky stars Sally Hawkins as the adorable Poppy,  an elementary school teacher who has a lust for life.  Although she may very well be on the brink of insanity, Poppy is extremely loving and caring.  Leighs previous films were rather depressing but Go-Lucky brings an enormous sense of humor to his style.  I found myself laughing out loud, perhaps too loudly, but my laughs blended in with the rest of the audiences.  Poppy is enchanting, a bit annoying, but basically I would love to have her as a best friend.  The comedic timing Hawkins brings to the role is priceless and certainly deserving of her Golden Globe win.  Poppy constantly smiles no matter how hard life gets which is a motto more people could live by.  She chose not to live a conventional life and is happier because of it.  her optimism for life is overwhelming and charming.  When Poppy’s bike is stolen she is forced to enroll herself in driving lessons.  Her driving instructor, Scott, is a polar opposite of Poppy.  Whilst Poppy views the world optimistically, Scott is morose and angry with the world.  The scenes between Scott and Poppy are some of the most hilarious parts of the film.  Although much of the film is comedic there is an underlining layer of sensitivity and lonesomeness.  Leigh is used to writing and directing films with a more somber tone and Happy-Go-Lucky still offers a bit of that.