Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

2008

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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Miss Pettigrew is a breezy period comedy carried by the strong performances of Amy Adams and Frances McDormand.

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In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job. Without so much as severance pay, Miss Pettigrew realizes that she must--for the first time in two decades--seize the day. This she does, by intercepting an employment assignment outside of her comfort level--as "social secretary." Arriving at a penthouse apartment for the interview, Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse. Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into a heady high-society milieu--and, within hours, living it up. Taking the "social secretary" designation to heart, she tries to help her new friend Delysia navigate a love life and career, both of which are complicated by the three men in Delysia's orbit; devoted pianist Michael, intimidating nightclub owner Nick and impressionable junior impresario Phil. Miss Pettigrew herself is blushingly drawn to the gallant Joe, a successful designer who is tenuously engaged to haughty fashion maven Edythe--the one person who senses that the new "social secretary" may be out of her element and schemes to undermine her. Over the next 24 hours, Guinevere and Delysia will empower each other to discover their romantic destinies.

Cast

Frances McDormand
as Miss Guinevere Pettigrew
Amy Adams
as Delysia Lafosse
Lee Pace
as Michael
Christina Cole
as Charlotte Warren
Stephanie Cole
as Miss Warren
Beatie Edney
as Mrs. Brummegan
Sarah Kants
as Annabel Darlington
Matt Ryan
as Gerry
Mo Zainal
as Lenny
David Alexander
as Chestnut Seller
Sally Leonard
as Woman at Train Station
Katy Murphy
as Miss Holt's Assistant
Tim Potter
as Nightclub Patron
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Critic Reviews for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (33)

  • McDormand is left trying for emotional depth in a sea of middling farce and semi-sophisticated comedy.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's lucky that Amy Adams and Frances McDormand lend their best charms to Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, otherwise this featherweight Art Deco fancy might drift away like a soap bubble, and go 'pop!'

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • American Lee Pace, from TV's Pushing Daisies, manages not one but several creditable English accents, sometimes unfortunately all in the same sentence, but whose emotional depth shows up this ball of fluff as insubstantial. Forgettable.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Despite its limitations, I found it impossible to dislike this frail little tale.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Full Review…
  • McDormand is frankly bland and unresponsive in a role she clearly couldn't care less about; Adams's wide-eyed ingenue routine is on autopilot, and the whole thing looks like a sub-prime American TV movie.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a squirming watch, at times quite tortuous because the film can never decide if it's a musical or a play with far too much music.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

  • Jul 11, 2010
    I enjoyed this movie. Frances McDormand plays a down-on-her-luck governess who finds work as the social secretary for a ditsy actress. They are just what each other needs.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2010
    There is only one reason to see this, ah, happy little movie: the growth of the relationship between Frances McDormand and Ciarán Hinds. That part of the movie is beautifully done. The rest of it, however, is a bit of a wash. For McDormand and Hinds, this is a wonderful love story that rings very true. For all the rest of it, well, I guess it's a kind of fluffy window dressing. It's as if there are two movies being shown at the same time.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2010
    Lee Pace and Amy Adams give their usually cute performances while Frances McDormand proves yet again that she can pull any film by its coat tails.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2009
    This was a alright movie. Francis McDormand and Amy Adams play two very different characters who are actually similar in certain ways. And this allows them to help each other make very important changes in their lives over the course of a very frentic day. Adams flies around the sceen at a breathless, breakneck place, while McDormand is somber and earnest as she gets swept up into the bright lights and parties of high society. It's brief and fluffy and not a bad way to spend a bit of your time.
    Lewis C Super Reviewer

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