Happy Go Lucky is another film by Mike Leigh, who never fails to surprise. He makes films about regular people (in London), not characters that look like they are models or in magazines. These could be people living next door (if you lived in England of course). He has made superior films in Naked, Secrets and Lies ( my personal favorite) and Vera Drake among others. This is a little different, however not as dark, but not as light as you think. Sally Hawkins gives a career performance as "poppy" and confronts the central existential question, "are you happy?"