Set in glamorous 1930’s London, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a Cinderella story for grown-ups. When dowdy middle-aged governess Guinevere Pettigrew loses her latest job, her luck appears to have run out. Desperate for employment, she shows up at the plush flat of Delysia Lafosse, a glamorous nightclub singer whose desire for celebrity is only eclipsed by her interest in men. Delysia immediately calls on her new "social secretary" to help her juggle her numerous suitors. Finding herself catapulted into the dizzying social whirl of London’s high society, every dream that Pettigrew had given up on becomes reality for 24 hours.
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day review by Jawbreaker
Miss Pettigrew is amazingly faithful to the period in which its set. The costumes and sets really capture the pre-World War II setting superbly. However this is really the only real strength of the film. The story is very disappointing, with some of the personalities onscreen proving to be annoying. Amy Adams brings her bright personality to a new overbearing level. The attempt at situational comedy is poorly scripted. Clearly this is a period drama in search of a script.
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A real delight
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day review by Joanne
This is a great little film. Once you get past Amy Adams' rather annoying character it's a real delight, especially once you realise the context it is in - the contrast of the unemployed nanny to the spoilt actress and her priviledged lifestyle set on the eve of war as a warning of how quickly the privileges can be taken away. Watch it - you'll feel better afterwards! Or watch it just for the transformation of Lee Pace from Piemaker Ned in Pushing Daisies to a rather hunky piano playing English gent!