Course So what have you learnt from it? Please Not today Wen Why not? Like your Grandad for instance No No Look at Andy on his picture I still reckon he looks so Tommy Cooper What did you have for you're breakfast? The is here the trailer-trailer, not the or the or the. Natalie, with short neat hair and a snappy, droll manner, is a plumber; she has a holiday planned in America, but little else. Will the cloud over Nicola's head ever lift? But even encyclopedic knowledge of one series is no longer enough. I brought you a pineapple Oh did you? That is another reason why the upbeat finale works. Chinese Oh yeah, do you want some more? I could Let you have it half price A hundred knicker Yeah nice isn't it Yeah Be tasty on the salad wagon Wouldn't it? Did you know Benioff and Weiss were the writers? Sara, on the other hand, acts like she has all the time in the world, even though sob! What was I supposed to do? Don't know haven't started it yet Am I in it? Oh Nicola Oh blimey hark at him Look I tell you what I'll run you to the bus-stop, ok? Stopping here You can't stop here Please Paula Come on Blinking heck Andy Andy What? Oh come on I'm single and care free thanks Yeah I wish I was You never said you was coming today I'm sorry I'll go shall I? Have a cup of tea Ah jackpot There you go mate Thanks very much Andy Alright mate I'll see you through the week Don't you want a lift? A narrative that is forever robbing us of the final, gratifying ending. But it's not just making life hard. You're going to fall No I'm not drunk right I'm not drunk Aubrey stop it Now behave yourself right you're being silly Aubrey Aubrey will you stop it Now you're behaving like an idiot listen to me no regrets No you don't do any more, no no regret rien no no regrets no regret Blimey Shame though isn't it Come on Paula we're going Oh look at me Oh that's alright he'll find them there in the morning Oh what a night I tell you what Never again What a mistake It's alright he's only asleep he's not dead There's no need to be frightened I'm not frightened Eh? Well you had your chance Nicola When you were seventeen when you were at the college doing your three A levels You were going great and then suddenly you stopped You stopped eating, you stopped everything you ended up eight weeks in the hospital Well you put me there I didn't want to go Oh for Gods sake Nicola you were at deaths door You were trying to control my life You were dieing - No I wasn't Yes you were I'd know if I was dieing Doctor Harris told us you had two weeks to live You didn't know that did you? Yeah Oh you're joking me? Bus Right got you're fare? No Is it auto biographical? Yeah action stations No Shit Fucking yuppies They went straight past Oh did they? Aww bless her I don't suppose you know what a ration book is do you? Oh Patsy Excuse me mate if you don't mind What? Thought I'd lost that What are you looking for fivers down there? No he's a boy - Yeah What's his name? Her husband, a gullible sort, hates his job as a chef in a large company and longs to work for himself, which makes him an easy target for a devious drinking partner who persuades him to buy a clapped out mobile snack bar.
Yeah I'm going to New York Chicago and New Orleans Ain't you going Disney? She's going away with her boyfriend When? Stop being antagonistic I'm not being antagonistic I'm trying to have an intelligent conversation with you Are you capable of that? But that was a breeze for my parents, who'd had to wait three years to find out whether Han Solo would. I remember sitting in the cinema at the end of the first , letting the past two hours sink in and quietly noting the stirrings of what would be a long-running crush. Nothing happened at the restaurant right? On a bank holiday weekend I could make What? Well that is not for me to say Wendy You're behaving like a big kid Don't be cheeky Alright Patsy Andy where're you going? Alright Suzi are you ready? You writing a novel what's it about? Because I didn't want one Because I had two little lives growing inside me I don't beleive in it that's the easy way out You're Dad was only seventeen he was at catering college and he was working in hotels at night trying to get a bit extra We got a little flat together begged and borrowed a couple of cots and when the two of you were born we were thrilled to bits Because we had two lovely little babies We came through laughing Well don't blame me I didn't ask to be born I'm not blaming you Nicola I just want you to be happy that's all, and you're not I wouldn't care what blooming job you did I wouldn't care how scruffy you looked as long as you were happy But you're not something inside you has died You've given up and if one day I could just walk throught that door and you could look at me and you could say look Mum Help me please I don't know what I'm doing I don't know where I'm going Then I'd say great because now we can be honest with each another Now we can start talking But I'm not in a mess Aren't you? I've got something for you Listen Patsy whatever it is I swear to God I can't afford it, I'm broke Andrew I am advising you to accompany me to a certain place Where I'm going to show you something Where? Basically jam blended with orange juice Orange juice What's that white stuff? Yeah yeah So you don't want it? Yeah How do you know? Aw it's a little pet cat look It's a little moggy Aw bless him Yeah it's fantastic isn't it I was going to put this up here Oh you can't No not in a restaurant Aubrey it'll put people off their food No it'll smell - Yeah See what I'm going for here is eh. What is amazing is that a man can labor against the market forces of the stage and screen for 20 years and still retain his sense of humor. Tidying up You're not having no lager Get us a lager Nat You must be joking You've had enough lager for tonight right blooming lager lout, now get up the stairs What're you doing? Cut them Well I tell you what I'll get me little scissors right? Heard it all before See ya later Dad, get us twenty silk cut Get your own - Selfish pig Oh it's nice and hot It's a bit bright isn't it That's it That's right Come on get in What can't get it in the hole? I might See you've got tomato souffle - Yeah Kidney vol-au-vent - Oh vol-au-vents yeah We had them on me 21st vol-au-vents they're nice This is the whole kidney King prawn in jam sauce - Oh yeah just the one Chilled brains, they speak for themselves - Oh not brains Prune quiche, that's one for our vegetarian friends Right Black pudding and camembert soup - Oh no don't Boiled bacon consomme - Oh no consomme that's the same as soup isn't it? Fascist I tell you what though I wouldn't trust him I wouldn't trust anyone wearing a suit like that They cost about 300 quid them suits y'know What does he do anyway? Actually, he accepts it quickly, the pig, but only gradually appreciates it. He's the most unselfish man I've ever met Do you know he's up at six o'clock every morning Slogging his guts out in a job he hates Which is more than you do and he still comes home at the end of the week with sod all I'm not prepared to be exploited Exploited? Oh fifteen twenty minutes Oh you haven't Aubrey Straight up Nicola - What? I'm not just a wanker y'know I could teach you things You've never even dreamed of I'm a magician I want a drink Well there's plenty of orange juice in there, help yourself I want some wine I can't have you getting drunk Kitchen's a very dangerous place She's got wine Me and Wendy We go back a long way Y'know I'm a friend of the family Classic nose Here you are Here What you think of this? Oh yeah What about Aubrey? I don't think you are are you? Just a little bit that way darling, that's it Ok after four One, two, three, four Stretch Yeah Round, stretch You make me feel so happy That's a good girl Lucy You make me feel so good You make me feel like dancing And I'm losing control You make me feel electric You make me feel a babe So why don't you invite me On a holiday Happy happy happy holidays Get your legs up Stretch right up like you're stretching for sweets on the top shelf Happy happy holidays why don't you take me on a holiday with you Come on, enjoy yourself Hands on your hip like that Yeah that's it and the other one Now wave with both hands Right That's it Very good, come on Laura you can be leader now Right out here stick to the edges that's right Let's have a bit of a bum swing from you Above your heads come on hands up Oh swing those bums That's it and you're doing that cleaning your mums windows Alright and then you see your best friend So your shouting out Hi it's me, I'm here Say hi Say it's me I'm here Give me a five pound note I want to go and spend it on sweets I thought that would get you smiling I thought you would like that Come on who's going to be the leader now then Right come on then Time to go home Not too much of a rush now I don't want you tripping over Right get your coats and shoes outside as usual Alright do you want to put your little cardigan on Suzi? No I didn't actually Oh yeah I did Yeah I did Did you?.
What're you doing now then? Course I want pickle Gonna get out there this afternoon finish off that patio Oh don't give me heart attack Andy please I will, make a start What did you get Nat? I'll buy you some fish and chips later y'know Will you? The dogsbody tommorow then the waitress on Tuesday Oh right - Great team Ah I love your little candles Bistro effect isn't it Yeah they're great ain't they I've been trying to get them all the same length But eh I keep forgetting to blow them out y'know and have to start all over again I've been through 12 boxes this week Ah that'll be your first little booking Here we go Hello the Regret Rien Oh hi Hilary How are you? Have you ever seen those hot dog fellas they're all like that Don't know what you're talking about Lipstick's a bit bright Nat Oh very amusing Where're you going? Yeah I think so Oh I tell you what Andy She gets me in a right state that girl I heard myself shouting at her this morning and I thought this isn't me I don't recognise myself y'know it's horrible Good job they're not identical Oh blimey yeah Oh I used to think It'll be so nice to go to discos together and. Hang on hang on - What? Eh put it on 'cause you might get a little chill You've got your sleeves inside out Get your coats now If you can't reach your bags I'll get them down That's it put your cardy on hope your headache's better soon Alright bye darling bye My bags next door Your bags next door? Last is Nicola, odd man out: a snarl, big glasses, cigarette, mussed hair, jittery fingers, bulimic, jobless, and unhappy. Yeah yeah thanks very much So Andrew what do you think? Oh yeah the girl can do all that When they starting then your girls? Nah it's what he wants to be buried in Well come on Oh that's alright I didn't want a coffee anyway Well it's a dump isn't it - Yeah What're you waiting for? I want to go for a fag What? Get out Come on lets go up No What? Drink Have one for me Staying in? Oh Nicola Nicola's not here right she's at home saving the world Now look you've got vodka all down you're suit and that's your best suit you've bought for tonight, right? Sit down - I don't want it I don't want it - What? In the middle of this everyday family chaos is Wendy, a picture of cheery survival. But life on the entertainment treadmill is getting more intense. For all of the film's quirks and absurdity, it never strains credulity. Yes I am calling you a liar I thought you had gone for a walk Don't be so stupid I've never been for a walk in me life have I Sorry about this Aubrey - No sweat Come and have a little seat in the garden Take your coat off get the sun on yourself Well she's a nice girl Yeah nice with her head in a bucket Look at that brilliant Tell you what mate I'll let you have these comestibles for nothing I promise you Andy You go down White Hart Lane on a Saturday for the home games A man of your skills a couple of hundred beef burgers You'll make a fortune I'm telling you Excuse me guvnor I'll have 4 hamburgers 3 egg burgers A sausage roll and onion a bacon egg and cheese roll A tea, a bovril and a large vodka Sold to the man with the beard I have to admit Patsy I am tempted No No regrets No No regret rien Oh yeah that's what I remember yeah She sang it in French Yeah she was from France She was thin She was thin she was French She dead though ain't she Yeah she was a prostitute So Shut up The sparrow Yeah the little sparrow that's right yeah So are you all set then Aubrey? Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on Andy, a cook who forever puts off home remodeling projects, and with a drunken friend, buys a broken down lunch wagon. Look at that An ordinary spoon I never noticed it before Here you are Nineteen seventy five This spoon was born when you were seven years old Oh yeah Just sits in a drawer Out of the drawer Into the peas Stir the custard Into the wash out of the wash Up on the hooks with all the other spoons and all the time just waiting for the fatal day When it would drastically alter the course of a mans life It doesn't look dangerous does it? What with a beautiful girl like you? We could go now Wend Yeah alright He might want to stay here Well what does he want to stay here for? Listen if I choose to eat in my own space that's my perogative, right Hey do you want a glass of low calorie H20? Ten minutes Wend Where're you going I'll be right back - Bye bye Wendy Andy What's he doing? I read the paper I watch the news I'm more political than you Oh blimey Nicola We can all watch the telly You should be out there helping the old aged pensioners or going on marches or whatever Marches are a waste of time it's boring If you put your money where your mouth is you should be joining one of these socialist what's it groups Or the nuclear disarmament whatever but you don't All you do is sit here in this room staring at the walls and tweeking and twitching and you're so perfect? I could get cheap laughs by listing the entire inventory of the bag, but that would be unfair.
Andy, the father, was athletic when he was younger, but is now going comfortably to seed. But now they seem to have settled into a comfortable accommodation with one another, inspired partly by Andy's lunatic schemes, and partly by the way Wendy is both horrified and amused by them. Yeah I used to have a little picture of him on my wall Ringed in black - Yeah tragic What a way to go Struck by lightning On a golf course Yeah what a waste eh? The funniest passage in the movie actually has little to do with the rest of it; it involves a family friend the feckless who opens a grotty French restaurant on the high road, hires one of the girls as his waitress, and then gets doggedly drunk while waiting for customers and reviewing his implausible menu. Don't you be sick on me Andy Nicola shut the caravan door No Brown, Baker Henry How did it go tonight? It is rarely possible to guess where the film will be in the next 10 minutes, yet nothing in it is improbable. While Natalie has a plumbing job, and tends to take after her mom with her bright outlook, Nicola is on the dole and perpetually dwells on the negative. So chow down, rat boy, you need fattening up for the fan-service meat grinder. The filmmaker, , works in a unique way: He assembles his actors, and then they spend weeks or months devising the screenplay by improvising together.
Great knees Look at this rust every where There you go lightning striking a cup of tea It's falling apart the strong winds the roof would come off Here you are have a look inside I'm not going in there mate I value my health to much No no feel free No way Ripe isn't it It's just a bit musty needs a bit of air through it I bet there's something died in here Are you sure this is on the level Patsy? I think it's a load of old crap that's what I think What's the matter with it? We don't hate you We love you, right? No Patsy I don't want it I don't want anything Mean bastard Come on you bastards I'm open I'm ready, I'm waiting for you this is what you've all been waiting for Come and get it Fish wifes Footballers You English dickhead You can stick to your fish and chips go on, go and get cancer Thousand pounds Ten thousand pounds Go on mate cook him You working class morons Go and eat your own shit go on That is enough No more Right? You're chocoholic you are You are, I could give it up tomorrow no trouble Do you want coffee? Got all your little menus printed up and everything? Working Leave it out I have What sort of work? That's what's a matter with me I've got two daughters Oh shut up - What did I tell you So come on then, what happened at the restaurant? He and Wendy were married when they were quite young, and have grown up together, learning some hard lessons along the way. Alright my friend Don't run More colour Chop chop Are you happy in your work Chef? Nicola, by contrast, is unemployed, aggressive - and a complete pain in the butt. Oh lets leave it Let him stew in his own juice I've got enough on me plate Ain't you going in tonight then? Anything Anything you think anything you know What do you care about? You do us any tea Wend? A tenner What's it for? Alison Steadman puts in a sterling performance as the supporting wife and mother, and Jane Horrocks really steals the show as the highly strung, anorexic twin who twitches and fidgets her way throughout the mundane proceedings amidst a cloud of cigarette fumes. Can you shut the caravan door? Get off me Aubrey stop it now I want to fuck you Wendy Now stop talking like that Now just stop it right, because Andy won't let me come here again Do you hear me? You're joking me Leave it out What time's that flight to Prague? In the pocket Right come on then What's a matter? The movie is a remake of a 1968 film starring and and, if memory serves, the same bed in a San Francisco bay window, although this movie is set in San Francisco and the earlier one was in Greenwich Village. I don't want you to see me like this! Not much Andy it's a heap of rubbish What do you mean? I was wondering if Andy was in - Yeah Only I was hoping to catch him down in the boozer like but I got a bit held up Oh yeah Had to go down and see me old Mum Oh did you Yeah he's down the bottom of the garden Oh - Do you want to see him? If you want to Oh it's nice Yeah it's alright isn't it Why do you always get a man's? Leigh has the skill to inspire with the everyday. Mind your own business Suit yourself You'll be charging interest next Yeah it's a good idea Capitalist When did you get that? Oh thanks only I didn't want to let you down y'know You haven't I've had six different blouses on tonight No so as long as you're happy y'know You're superb Eh is that what you're wearing? I just haven't had any outside input y'know Oh haven't you? Nothing Look at the state of you chalk white face Blimey you look like a ghost You'd frighten the birds you would No wonder you didn't peg my washing out Ooh nevermind eh I was like you I started at the bottom y'know I was on the sick for six weeks before I got a look in It's all about keeping your eyes peeled These tongues are a pain in the neck Can't get into the crevices Is it a pigs tongue? I woke up this morning, I felt a little bit what's it y'know and I thought to myself Oh blimey don't tell me I'm in the family way Oh Jesus Christ What's the family way supposed to mean? His motto is: Speed up and smell the coffee. No I don't know why I said it really We could get a big Rottweiller then it might eat Nicola That's a good idea That's one way of getting rid of her We should get a crocodile My hair's falling out Yeah well stop pulling it then It still falls out It's really nice hair Are you taking the piss? Oh hello Aubrey - Hello Wendy What're you doing here? Wendy Steadman and Andy Broadbent have twin daughters, named Natalie and Nicola.
Lets have a look A pocket telly Yeah Have a look? Every major franchise needs an accompanying almanac to decipher the action. You're not prepared to work full stop You've accepted Nat as a plumber and you didn't like that at first No I didn't I didn't like it But I can see now I was wrong because she's happy I don't know what I want to do yet Oh don't you? Feel free That's good isn't it Yeah neat There we go Leave it out You fool Eh seen these? He must be in a right state He's had about ten pints Good job he's been banned from driving Nice hairstyle Aw I bet his Wife did those little streaks She must of got one of them what's it's one of them 3. While Natalie has a plumbing job, and tends to take after her mom with her bright outlook, Nicola is on the dole and perpetually dwells on the negative. Oh Andy you haven't She loves it Patsy Look at it, mobile goldmine I can feel it in me water Oh Andy you're joking me? Of course it's gonna be water-proof grout, it's for a bathroom Yeah there's grout and there's water-proof grout isn't there Allow me to know Just make sure what you get is water-proof grout Don't panic, I'll get you water-proof grout Great, I'll do it next weekend Can I have that in writing please I have to say Wend this lamb is delicious Oh is it? A fucking dump Like the rest of your house Middle class wanker This your old mans? These daughters are like the night and day. I suppose if the worst comes to the worst we could always go on our holidays in it That's right, reconvert it to an ordinary caravan Stick a couple of bunk beds in it Have a little bunk up Oh yes please Eh Eh how about How about Orthopedic five hundred quid y'know Bouncing up and down on his bed Orthopedic y'know Orthopedic y'know Tell you, you want to watch out for Aubrey in that kitchen He'll come up behind you with a cucumber Listen I don't think it'll be a cucumber he'll be coming up behind me with Well maybe you fancy him I don't know Oh you're joking I'm not that desperate Aw bless him I feel sorry for him actually He's not a bad bloke Aubrey What're you doing? Gorgeous Tell you what Andy, your lucky I'm not in the hospital What? Nicola, played by Horrocks, hides behind glasses, tangled hair and cigarettes, and affects a great contempt for all things conventional, progressive, or healthy.
Nothing to be frightened of Alright Is this your little coat and here's your bag Now how're you getting home? Oh that's nice Stick a couple of brown paper bags over their heads Might be able to flog them off cheap, sight unseen Anyway I'm not going to waste my life No? Yeah she's over the moon See ya - See ya Have a good time Have another shot then Oh very flash 200? I put my hands down toilets and on a good day I might get bitten by a rat Do you want any money? Yeahp Yeah they're coming this way Definetly Do you want me to tell Paula again? I surely can't be alone in this fandom fatigue. Give us it, give us back How much do you want for that then? She cooked it that's what it is to her Oh shut up goodie two shoes What's it like in the first class dining compartment then? Yeah mate just mucking about Aubrey Oh blimey I thought we were going to take off then I've got no handles I can't get out - Yeah I know that's why I'll have to come around Hey Andy I thought we were going to fly then I can't get it up ooh That's fantastic isn't look look Wend tres exclusive It's nice Andy - Yeah great It's in good nick isn't it - I like the lamps Oh that's where you're going to keep your little menus is it in there? Each sister is a rebuke to the other. Nah you take my word for it that is an evil spoon Here you are look put it in a place of honour Keep an eye on it Yeah I don't trust it Get us some chocolate Tell you what Go and give your face a little wash make you feel a bit better eh? Natalie, played by Skinner, is clean-cut, cheerful and dutiful. In his day job, Andy works in the food preparation industry and hates it. The script requires him to climb in through Sara's window with a large bag that contains all of the presents he ever would want to give her, based on all the needs and desires she has ever expressed.
Yeah Suppose I've lost me hundred quid now haven't I? Nah Do you want to sit down? She's sitting on your work surface Is she? One daughter is a spitting bulimic, while the other is set to flee the nest to America. She's bored See you want to be with us so why don't you just act normal Andy What? It's only a convention Nicola if you want to smoke while we're eating go up to your room alright Anyway if you smoked less and you ate more you wouldn't be sitting there looking like a skeleton It's better than looking like a beached whale Oh thank you Anyway your Dad likes something to grab hold of of the night What blubber? No I'm not perfect but I haven't given up I'm still out there fighting and I tell you what Nicola Every time I look out that window and I see that rusty old caravan sitting there Do you know what it says to me? Yeah trying to kid us he slipped on a spoon He was still blooming drunk from last night Never I've never known pain like it Nat Ain't you? Yeah she's picking Right Don't sit up there Pauline It's unhygenic Cross infection These stocks are reducing nicely Secret of a great sauce Is a well reduced stock No stock no sauce Keys to the door You're working with a genius Do you know that? It's basically the bacon water - Yeah That's like what your Mum gives you when you're ill? Alright don't worry Who's is the green coat? It's ecologically unsound You're ecologically unsound Bollocks What do you reckon Nat? I am not prepared to reveal that at this stage Why not? My eardrums please - oh dear Sorry sorry I got over excited I am so grateful thank you Really really from the deepest part of my heart, thank you Aubrey shut up right - No no I'm sincere Now listen You're in trouble, right? Oh yeah yeah cool Isn't it great Aub? Now be honest Yeah gilt edged y'know See Aubrey knows the game Can't go wrong Ronald McDonald had to start somewhere didn't he Oh blimey it's old Big Mac sitting here look So when are we going to see your restaurant then Aub Yeah Whenever you like Have a little nose Yeah before you open if you want any advice He wants it to be a success Dad Shut up - Yeah I'd love you to see my restaurant Don't get me wrong I'm confident Infact I'm mega confident Oh are you? A packet of fags No chance Mean cow If you're giving your stomach a rest you might as well give your lungs a rest an all So what have you been up to? Natalie, with short neat hair and a snappy, droll manner, is a plumber; she has a holiday planned in America, but little else. I want you Sentimentalist Nah nah nah I come in we go straight upstairs, we do it Bingo you're a pain in the arse I don't want that, I want to see you nice Well what's nice? Yeah that's the bastard that's the culprit What? Let's go see the next one! Yeah yeah no sweat I want this restaurant to be built on a one to one mouth to mouth reputation y'know Would you like a glass of wine Wendy? Yeah yeah yeah it's eh The possibilities are eh. Re-watching the previous seasons, getting lost in the fan forums and speculating wildly on what the next season holds, fans are salivating at the thought of new twists, big battles and more fur capes than a middle-aged dude at a Renaissance Faire. I'll do it later Blimey it could of been dry by now So what've you been doing all morning? Anyway you don't need a bloke to have a kid Well I wouldn't fancy bringing one up on me own Well it's better to be on your own than be with a bastard Well presumably you wouldn't choose a bastard in the first place if you had any sense All men are bastards What? Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Keywords: , , , , , , , , Life Is Sweet, a comedy with wonderfully touching moments by off-beat British director Mike Leigh, is an absolute gem of eccentric humor about family life.