We Should All Be This ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’

Sally Hawkins in Happy Go Lucky

Like any great parent, my mom used to tell me that I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up. Unfortunately, she was wrong — because what I really want to be when I grow up is British, and no feat of strength or college course can make that happen for me. Don’t ask me why I want to be British, because I’m not completely sure — just know that if I had the choice, I would be having tea and watching football (their version) rather than having Bud Light and watching football (our version).

And speaking of things that are British, which I obviously am not, here comes a very enjoyable trailer for the film Happy-Go-Lucky, which stars Sally Hawkins (The Painted Veil, Vera Drake) as a woman who is, as the title states, very happy-go-lucky. So happy, in fact, that it might just make you sick — if you are one of those depressing nay-sayers, which I know some of you are. Trust me, I read the comment threads — some of you need serious doses of happiness in your life. Hopefully this quaint little comedy from across the pond can help. Have a look at the trailer below, and the official synopsis even further down.

Watch the trailer for Happy-Go-Lucky:

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Official Synopsis:
Just how hard is it to be happy? In the effervescent new comedy from writer/director Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies), Sally Hawkins stars as Poppy, an irrepressibly free-spirited school teacher who brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism to every situation she encounters, offering us a touching, truthful and deeply life-affirming exploration of one of the most mysterious and often the most elusive of all human qualities: happiness. Poppy’s ability to maintain her perspective is tested as the story begins and her commuter bike is stolen. However, she enthusiastically signs up for driving lessons with Scott (Eddie Marsan), who turns out to be her nemesis — a fuming, uptight cynic. As the tension of their weekly lessons builds, Poppy encounters even more challenges to her positive state of mind: a fiery flamenco instructor, her bitter pregnant sister, a troubled homeless man and a young bully in her class, not to mention that she has also thrown out her back. How this affects not only Poppy’s world view but also the outlook of those around her begs the question, “glass half full or half empty?”

This is a film that has been cruising the festival circuit, drawing praise by the truck-load, currently sitting at a 94% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In his review, Ray Bennett at The Hollywood Reporter said that it was “as surprising as it is delicious with an indelible performance by new star Sally Hawkins.” Evan Williams of The Australian called it an “an exhilarating film, one of the best he [director Mike Leigh] has given us.” Needless to say, with stats like that in its favor, Happy-Go-Lucky is the type of comedy that should be one to look forward to when it hits theaters in limited release on October 10th, expanding a week later on October 17th.

Now, don’t you just feel a little bit happier having watched that trailer?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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