Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
A sophisticated and heartfelt comedy. In the 1939-set romantic tale, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand), a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse (Academy Award nominee Amy Adams). Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into a heady high-society milieu – and, by the end of the day, discovers her own romantic destiny.
Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) finds that one day can make an enormous difference in not only her own life, but in the life of Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams). Delysia needs a social secretary but more emphatically needs some counsel about the heart and true love, something that Miss Pettigrew is a bit of an expert at. In desperate need of employment, Miss Pettigrew swipes a card with Delysia’s name on it from an employment agency, and winds up being at the right place at the wrong time. Delysia is having an affair with a show business producer, and another boyfriend is on the way to her apartment. Miss Pettigrew helps her out of the bind but also helps her to realize that there is more to life than climbing the show biz ladder of success.
Although the film moves along at a pretty good pace, and has some funny moments, the content of the movie prevents Dove from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the picture. The movie contains some strong language, implied sex outside of marriage in addition to both male and female rear nudity. Sometimes it is more prudent to guard the heart than see a film about the heart with non-family elements in it.