4/25/2009

Movie Review: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)


I was quick to dismiss Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day as a period chick-flick but after watching it, I thought it was a surprisingly good film. What I find also surprising is that the novel the movie was based on was written 70 years ago.

The story is set in 1930's London where Ms. Pettigrew is an out-of-work and homeless British governess who stumbles into Delysia, an American entertainer with big ambitions. We see the dynamics of the odd pair that happens in only one day: Ms. Pettigrew is thrust in Delysia's glossy world of cocktail parties, lingerie fashion shows, and affairs with men, and Delysia is in an internal tug-of-war between her career and personal life until Ms. Pettigrew gradually shows her the way.

The story may be as basic as a 1930's film, but the core of the film are Frances McDormand as Guinevere Pettigrew and Amy Adams as Delysia Lafosse and they are the reasons why this film is delightful. Amy Adams is just stunning and a delight to watch in the movie.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a feel-good film in the spirit of the classics-- good romances, easy to like characters, and, of course, a happy ending. Good to watch on a movie date. :)


Rating: 4/5


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