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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Day to Remember

    This movie is utterly enchanting. The story is captivating and the characters unforgettable. The score is a perfect montage of 30's classics carefully chosen to fit the scene. The themes of sex and hedonism are tastefully played out without the need for gratuitous nudity or sexuality.

    And any film with a great "transformation" scene is enjoyable; the part where the underfed Miss Pettigrew pulls the spa cucumbers off her eyes and eats them is a gem. The foreshadowing of the violent war to come is seamlessly woven into the plot. The contrast between the seemingly care-free beautiful young things and the older generation scarred by the first war heightens for the viewer the sense hardships to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The studios screwed up when they didn't do publicity for this one

    This is one great film. It isn't edge of the seat thrilling; but it does give a big helping of hope, fun and enjoyment with a large dash of love conquers all. It sounds trite. But, this is one film that feeds the hope for a happily ever after. It's set right on the verge of World War II in London. The heroine has been sacked because she is an incompetent governess. You see that she has not escaped from her upbringing in an English Vicarage.
    With her new employer (and a big fear of unemployment), Miss Pettigrew learns how to compromise and how to accept. She also helps to "teach" her new employer how to grow up and how to choose what is best for her life.
    Miss Pettigrew learns to be human. She feels the sting of fear, she remembers what it was like to love and what it was like to live. She doesn't forget how to be honorable and learns to stand up for what is important.

    This film is easily watched and re-watched. The characters and the actors & actresses who portray them are perfect. The casting director deserves a standing ovation. The writer deserves praise. The music is fantastic (I adore Cole Porter).

    I can't recommend this film enough. I love it. I hate the studios for not letting me know when it hit the theater. I would have gone twice!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    24 hours

    Love and life have bypassed middle-aged Guinevere Pettigrew, who is the quintessential English governess, newly unemployed. Beautiful but ditsy American singer Delysia Lafosse is doing her utmost to land a plum role on the London stage. When Guinevere approaches Delysia in hopes of a job, opposites attract, and it isn't long before Guinevere sets her mind to helping her find true happiness. And to eating as much as she possibly can before this bubble bursts.

    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is filled with humor and music, as Guinevere steers Delysia through her tumultuous day. Complications abound. The governess smokes a cigar, undergoes a makeover, and falls prey to blackmail from an unscrupulous social climber. Delysia, deaf to Guinevere's wisdom, makes all the wrong decisions. Will Delysia ever find true happiness? Will Miss Pettigrew?

    Frances McDormand is outstanding in the title role, while Amy Adams reprises her wide-eyed, golly-gee persona from Enchanted. Ciaran Hinds and Lee Pace are also well-cast. Pacing is quick and direction tight, and the visuals of the glamorous milieu of pre-WWII London are elegant and sophisticated. The bouncy, 1930's era soundtrack perfectly sets the tone. A frothy romantic comedy with heart, highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Outstanding cast, great music and the story keeps you interested the entire time

    Can't say enough about this movie. If you are looking for a fun comedy, great music and a period piece then you can't find anything better than this movie. This is the type of movie you can buy for your library and watch year after year and still enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A wonderful little film

    It is so refreshing to see a truly feel-good movie that leaves you feeling optimistic and satisfied. This little film with the enchanting Amy Adams and the witty and wise Frances Mcdormand is the perfect anecdote to the depressing, violent films that usually flood the theaters. The music, the costumes, and the set decoration will delight you. As will the adorably scruffy Lee Pace as one of Delysia's many suitors. A great movie to uplift anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A light and airy romp.

    Amy Adams and Frances McDormand lead the grade-A cast through this light, frothy comedy about a down-and-out governess, Miss Pettigrew (McDormand) who after being fired, steals a reference to be an assistant to the ditzy socialite and wannabe actress, Delicia (Adams) who is flip-flopping between a man who could make her rich and famous, and a man who is poor but loves her unconditionally. Its no mystery how the film will conclude, yet it makes you smile nearly the whole time. The two leads are perfect, especially McDormand. Amy Adams will no doubt go on to be one of the great character actors of her era. Its too bad Oscar will no-doubt pass this sleeper of a movie over in favor of blockbusters. I saw this twice in the theatre and already have it pre-ordered. I loved this delightful little jem.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Talented cast, very entertaining & sweet story! I'm a fan o

    Talented cast, very entertaining & sweet story! I'm a fan of Ciaran Hinds, who's good in anything he's been in, and his character in this is especially endearing. Highly recommended for anyone who loves beautifully shot , nostalgic period-pieces, with equally appropriate & fun '30's period music and gorgeous Art Deco sets!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Miss Pettigrew lives for a Day

    What a surprisingly delightful movie! McDormand gives a very fine, stellar and subtle performance that goes perfectly with Amy Adams' over-the-top character. It is a wonderful ensemble cast that brings this fun script to the screen in an enjoyable way. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fun Lighthearted movie

    I first mainly wanted to see this movie becaus it has one of my favorite actors, Ciran Hinds, in it, but I fell in love with this movie. It was quirky, funny, lovable and just a great fun to watch. <BR/><BR/>Miss Pettigrew is down on her luck, she just got fired and she is very hungry. She sees a card about a job, so she goes and to apply for it and gets sweep into Delysia's life. She is a social secretary for one day, but it is a most entertaining day. <BR/><BR/>Fav. Quote: "Sock'em in the Jaw." "He's a much bigger boy than I imagined."

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