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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Widescreen)

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Academy Award nominee Amy Adams (Enchanted) and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand star in this charming comedy about finding a new life and a new love, all in one day. When Miss Pettigrew (McDormand) stumbles upon the chance to become the new 'social secretary' to glamorous high-society singer and actress Delysia Lafosse (Adams), she seizes the opportunity despite being totally out of her element. Swept up into the glamorous whirl of high society, it's all Miss Pettigrew can do to keep up with Delysia as she juggles her lovelife and career in this "delightful champagne cocktail of a comedy!" (Leah Rozen, People).

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Grady Harp, August 23, 2008 (view all comments by Grady Harp)

'Brother, can you spare a dime?'

The lead-in cinematic and musical elements for this delightfully entertaining, fast paced, little bit of nostalgia film prepares the viewer for the story as well as any 'overture' could. The setting is London in the 1930s, the day of the first blitzkrieg, and the tone of the imagery is that quiet depression and angst that tainted the world during that time. We meet our main character Miss Guinevere Pettigrew, a dowdy, middle-aged failed governess as she wanders through the streets and soup kitchens - all to the tune of 'Brother, can you spare a dime'. This 'day in a life' abruptly changes when Miss Pettigrew, still saddened by the loss of her beloved in WW I and struggling to be moral as the daughter of a clergyman in a world gone to tatters. How she finds one day of joy - and in the process changes the lives of those she encounters - is the line of the story, a screenplay by David Magee and Simon Beaufoy based on the novel of the same name by Winifred Watson and directed with a fine sense of timing and comedy cum pathos by Bharat Nalluri.

Quite by a fluke Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) absconds the name of a potential client from her caustic job finder and rings the bell of one Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams), a beautiful young American manipulator of men living in one boyfriend's luxurious flat while entertaining others who may help her reach her dream of being a star on the musical stage. Delysia believes Miss Pettigrew to be a social secretary and immediately involves her in the game of her life of flirtation and illusion. Miss Pettigrew, at first shocked by the 'social setting', soon adapts and indeed supports Delysia's efforts of meandering through gentleman callers, and as Delysia finds Miss Pettigrew indispensable she dresses her well and introduces her to a life Miss Pettigrew finds quite foreign but equally fascinating. In rapid fire sequence, at times overlapping like a Keystone Cops movie, we meet Delysia's paramours (played with devilish glee by Tom Payne, Mark Strong, and Lee Pace) as well as high society dames (Shirley Henderson) and the one man who seems above it all - Ciarán Hinds. All of this wild dash through the superficial society affairs is played against the all but ignore threat of the impending WW II and it all happens in one day. But at the end of that day the bond between Miss Pettigrew and Delysia is genuinely sealed and for a moment at least it seems Miss Pettigrew's previously dour existence has changed.

A fine cast, an intelligent director and a cinematographer John de Borman and musical director Paul Englishby make this bit of froth into a confection that contains some social commentary ingredients. The costumes and sets are splendid and provide a view of London before the devastation of the war that is rich in nostalgia. Not a great movie, but a delightful romp that allows McDormand and Adams the opportunity to demonstrate their considerable comedy gifts.

Grady Harp
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Product Details

UPC:
00025195016230
Studio:
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Subject:
Foreign
Actor:
Henderson, Shirley
Actor:
Adams, Amy
Actor:
Hinds, Ciaran
Actor:
Pace, Lee
Actor:
McDormand, Frances
Subject:
Motion pictures, British.
Subject:
Comedy films
Subject:
Romantic comedy films
Subject:
Film and video adaptations
Subject:
1906-
Subject:
Watson, Winifred,
Subject:
London (England)
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women entertainers
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
London
Subject:
England
Subject:
Social secretaries
Subject:
Feature Film Comedy
Copyright:
Publication Date:
2008-08-19
Binding:
DVD
Rating:
PG13 (Some Partial Nudity and Innuendo)
Language:
English
Media Run Time:
1 Hour 32 Minutes
Region:
US and Canada

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