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Happy-Go-Lucky

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Source: Catholic News Service

Likable, nearly plotless comedy, about a persistently good-natured grade schoolteacher (Sally Hawkins) and her circle of friends, relatives and acquaintances: her longtime roommate (Alexis Zegerman), tightly wound driving instructor (Eddie Marsan), impassioned flamenco trainer (Karina Fernandez) and the school social worker (Samuel Roukin) with whom she falls in love. Hawkins' mannerisms are sometimes grating, and the film, though never dull, is occasionally static, but the story builds and its heroine's eccentricities become more tolerable as writer-director Mike Leigh's film progresses, while its heroine's unshakable optimism and deep compassion for others proves ultimately affecting. Some rough language and brief profanity, some crude expressions and sexual remarks, and an implied nonmarital sexual encounter. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III—adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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