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DVD - 2009
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Poppy is a life-loving and irrepressibly cheerful primary school teacher. She is thirty years old, single, and infinitely optimistic and accepting. She lives with her best friend and flatmate Zoe in London. She is tested by a repressed driving instructor with anger problems, and, in turn, she decides to test him. She has exciting flamenco lessons, an encounter with a homeless man, an argument with her pregnant sister, and a love-affair with the social worker guiding one of her students.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780788893384
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Jan 17, 2015
  • COURIER3 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A boring crummy movie.
Driving instructor scenes awful.
Previews overrated. I read the newspaper thru the entire movie.
English accent difficult to understand. Scene at the chiropractors visit was interesting..
Can't believe this English flic received a Golden Globe nomination. Plot was difficult and boring to follow. Was worried when Poppy encountered a homeless man at night.

Dec 27, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Poppy is a 30-year old primary school teacher suffering from terminal optimism. No matter what lemons life throws at her she turns them into lemonade.....and lemon meringue pie.......and a lemon tarte. When her bike is stolen she decides to take driving lessons. When a young boy in her class is suspected of being abused at home she winds up bedding the hunky school social worker that comes to interview him. You could describe her as being “ebullient” although “flakey”, “taxing” and “irritating” also come to mind. Those of you who appreciate Mike Leigh’s wonderfully human working class dramas may be disappointed by this frothy little confection that makes a lot of noise but goes nowhere. Although there’s no mistaking the effort Sally Hawkins puts into the role of Poppy, the character herself comes across as flat and too cutesy for words. There are a few laughs along the way of course, the recently dumped Flamenco teacher was priceless and her initial lessons with a somewhat uptight driving instructor were pretty funny as well. What bothers me the most I suppose is the way in which Leigh presents irresponsibility as a virtue. The only voice of reason in the entire film is the married sister, and she is presented as an anal-retentive bitch. There are two key scenes in which Poppy realizes that a goofy smile isn’t enough to overcome life’s unrealistic episode in which she tries to comfort a 300 lb crazy man; and another, arguably the film’s best segment, in which her driving instructor has a psychotic meltdown. Yet both scenes are eventually downplayed and as the carefree chronicles of our manic little dumpling come to a close we see her floating aimlessly on a pleasant pond with her best friend, completely oblivious of her surroundings. Unless the idea of spending two hours watching a pathologically happy scamp blow sunshine out her ass appeals to you I’d give this one a wide berth.

Feb 26, 2014
  • ilove48whippets rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was an OK movie..some interesting parts.. and realtionship interplays, humorous events.. I, also, found her somewhat irritating at times.. Perhaps, she was trying too hard to be comedic..

Feb 12, 2014
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The heroine is supposed be loved by everyone, but sorry I didn't. I found her irritating and sometimes obnoxious. If you are fond of Sally Hawkins, you might better enjoy this movie.

Nov 03, 2012
  • uzebdrumz rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"EN RA HA." You will not soon forget Eddie Marsan as the driving instructor and the overall creepy character that he portrays. He steals the show, but Sally Hawkins gets most of the laughs as the optimistic, gregarious Poppy. The story seems like comedy at first, but it becomes very dramatic, desperate and sad - the interplay between Marsan & Hawkins is great. Definitely worth watching. "EN RA HA."

Aug 27, 2012
  • dresdenfan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great feel-good film. I love the character of Poppy and try more each day to approach life the way she does. Sure, it may be a bit unrealistic, but there are certainly worse things to strive for.

Aug 06, 2012
  • jbird_76 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic film if you're looking for a movie that is character driven rather than plot based. While nothing really happens the performances are captivating, especially from Sally Hawkins as Poppy and the lunatic driving instructor.

Apr 06, 2012
  • TtamioO rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Life is neither half empty or half full. Here, it is full-period.

Nov 30, 2011
  • shelikes2read rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At times I was quite irritated with the eternally happy Poppy! I thought it was going to be annoyingly positive, happy!! movie, until more serious elements crept in.
An interesting glimpse into current UK life and a different take on movie making.

Jul 19, 2011
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not too bad. I am not sure if Sally Hawkins' character is happy-go-lucky, or just a bit off her rocker. However, when push comes to shove she can and does stand up for herself. Lots of other nuts in her life too. In general a good movie.

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Jul 31, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Used sporadically throughout the film, heavy at times.

Jul 31, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: One minor scene of agression. Minor descriptions of abuse off screen.

Jul 31, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Partial nudity and suggested sex off screen. Sexual language.


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Aug 23, 2011
  • DolphinDogs rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 31, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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