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Happy Go Lucky | 2008 | R | - 6.4.6

A thirty year-old woman (Sally Hawkins) laughs and jokes her way through every situation; her optimism knows no bounds as she teaches schoolchildren, entertains friends, and experiences everyday life in London. But with a bitter driving instructor (Eddie Marsan), and a challenge in her classroom, will her cheerfulness be sustained? Also with Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough , Sinéad Matthews, Kate O’Flynn , Sarah Niles, Sylvestra le Touzel, Karina Fernandez and Stanley Townsend. Directed by Mike Leigh. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman kiss in a doorway after going on a first date, we then see them in his apartment kissing passionately, the woman unbuttons and removes his shirt (we see his bare back, shoulders and arms, and the side of his bare torso), she makes a remark about liking his body, the man removes her shirt (we see her standing in a bra, with cleavage showing, as well as her bare stomach, midriff, arms and shoulders); they continue to kiss on a bed, she wraps her legs around him and it is implied that they have spent the night together and have had sex (we see them the next day standing in T-shirts and underwear on a balcony drinking coffee and they flirt).
 A woman is seen in her bra and lace stockings during a chiropractic appointment while a man massages and does adjustments on her back (her cleavage, chest, shoulders, arms, back, as well as her bare midriff and stomach are visible and her underwear is visible through her stockings).
 A man holds a woman's face and they kiss goodbye. A woman kisses her female friend on the cheek. A woman touches another woman's legs and then embraces her legs (nothing sexual is implied). A woman touches another woman's hair.
 Two women lay in bed together wearing pajamas (one of the women's cleavage is showing) and another woman enters the room and falls on the bed (the women are friends). Several women wear low-cut tops (cleavage is apparent), and some are wearing mini-skirts. A woman jumps on a trampoline wearing a low cut leotard (we see cleavage and her breasts moving up and down) and women are seen wearing low-cut leotards (some have cleavage and some have bare backs) in a dance class. Women wear low cut tops and dance in a nightclub.
 A woman pokes two fingers into her friend's nipples, over her shirt, in a joking manner and a woman removes size-enhancing inserts from her bra and calls them "chicken fillets." A woman pats another woman's buttocks and says, "That's quite nice," and a woman stands over another woman and tells her "Your cleavage looks great from up here."
 A woman talks to her dance students about emotions one should express while dancing, and she talks about her husband having an affair and how she wants to castrate him (she uses a crude phrase); two other women discuss this later and one refers to the castration as "snip, snip." A man makes a remark about a woman’s breasts using a crude term. A man accuses a woman of teasing him (meaning sexually). A man accuses a woman of having sex with a boyfriend and with a girlfriend (using crude terminology). A woman tells another woman, "You’ve got great legs," and the woman replies, "These are great legs." A woman tells a man and a woman, "No necking." A woman tells a man jokingly, that she's "normally all over her like a rash," referring to her female friend. A woman calls a man she likes a "gigolo" and a woman calls a man a "gigolo." A male driving instructor uses the word "cockpit" to describe the interior of a car, and his pupil, a woman, responds "Oh, naughty." A woman describes a man as a "bit frisky." A woman, upon directions from her male driving instructor, responds, "Whatever turns you on." A man mentions a triangle and a woman responds, "The pubic triangle?" A woman asks another woman if she has a boyfriend, and the woman responds "Not a sausage." A woman uses a derogatory term referring to male genitals. A man states he has a headache, and a woman asks, "Is it that time of the month?" A man calls a woman's boots "sexy and seductive." A woman asks another woman "He hasn't been feeling you up, has he?" (pertaining to her male driving instructor). A woman makes a reference to "syphilis." Women make remarks about each other’s breasts (using a crude term) and mention nipples.
 A man and a woman sit in a bar and flirt. A man misinterprets a woman proclaiming her love for another woman (her best friend), and she jokingly implies that they are gay (without actually saying anything specific).
 A man urinates against a wall (there is no nudity).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man and a woman argue over the man driving dangerously, she takes his car keys stating he's too angry to drive, he demands them back, she refuses, he grabs her by the hair and shakes her head and body violently while he yells expletives at her, she hits him in the chest, and he lets go and she exits the car unharmed.
 A boy punches another boy repeatedly, the boy holds his stomach and a teacher stops the attack. A boy pushes another boy around in a schoolyard, and one boy wraps his arm around the other boy's neck and wrestles him to the ground. A boy in class hits another boy’s arm with his elbow a few times, a teacher reprimands him, and she has him stay after class and asks him, "What's making you so angry?"
 A social worker is called in to help with a boy's violence towards other boys, the social worker asks about the boy's situation at home and he reveals that his stepfather is "not nice" and "He hits me." A pregnant woman argues with her sister about taking life more seriously, and her two female friends come to her defense (the pregnant woman gets up and leaves the room).
 A man drives fast around a corner, slams on the brakes, yells at a woman about her driving, and orders her to switch seats with him. A man drives angrily through heavy traffic and yells expletives and insults at other drivers. A man yells angrily at a woman for "reeling him in." A man questions a woman about her relationship with another man. A woman speaks of "a violent pupil in my flock hitting other kids." A man yells at a woman to get out of a car. A man tells a woman "you will crash and die laughing." A woman asks a man if he's scared of death, he responds "I'm scared of dying." A man angrily discusses "the disease of multiculturalism." A man references the Washington Monument, stating that it’s six hundred and sixty-six feet in height (making reference to the sign of the devil). A teacher talks jokingly about "suffocating" her students. A woman asks a man if he's a "Satanist." A woman jokes about chopping someone's hands off. A woman talks about castrating her husband and later two women discuss the same topic. A man talks angrily about the school system.
 A man speeds into a parking place, and slams on the brakes (we see smoke coming from the exhaust).
 A man lightly pushes a woman into a wall (he does not harm her). A woman is drunk and falls off the edge of a couch and into a wall (she is unharmed). A male chiropractor adjusts a woman's back by rolling her on a table and pushing on her vertebrae and we hear a cracking sound.
 A woman is upset when she discovers that someone has stolen her bike. A woman walks alone on dark streets at night, she finds a man talking to himself, and he yells and punches the air. A man sees two African-American males on bikes, locks the car doors, and shouts to a woman, "Let's go!"
 A man urinates against a wall (we hear a trickle).


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LANGUAGE 6 - 15 F words and their derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 20 sexual references, 10 scatological terms, 13 anatomical references, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, Lucifer, lazy, stupid, pathetic, morons, nutter), 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Women return from a nightclub and stumble as if they're drunk, women talk about visiting a pub for some "hair of the dog," many scenes take place in pubs, a man and a woman are seen drinking in a bar on a first date, and a woman who is drunk falls off the edge of a couch and into a wall (she is unharmed). Women and men are seen smoking cigarettes in multiple scenes. A woman talks about giving up drinking and smoking.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Optimism, friendship, living as a single woman, staying happy through adversity, becoming an adult, racism, growing up, bullies, violence in the classroom, physical abuse of a child, controlling behavior, ignorance, fear, happiness, collective will, relationships, finding a good man, anger, conspiracy theories, the homeless, being led on, jealousy.

MESSAGE - Certain people have a childlike optimism about them. To be happy, forgiving and loving no matter what occurs in life, is truly a fortunate attitude.

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