Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Widescreen & Full Screen Edition)
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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).
Based on a 1938 Winifred Watson novel, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a colorful story about lives stalled in middle age but kick-started again by the follies of youthful lovers all around. Frances McDormand stars as Miss Pettigrew, whose inability to hold a job in London as a governess compromises her well-being shortly before Englands entry in World War II. Finessing her way into a position as social secretary to a young, American golddigger and singer named Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams), the starving Miss Pettigrew finds herself at the center of a whirlwind that is her new employers life. Hemmed in by lovers and suitors--including a young, theatrical producer (Tom Payne) looking to cast one of his pleasing girlfriends in a plum role; a creepy nightclub owner (Mark Strong) in whose flat Delysia lives; and a pianist (Lee Pace) who genuinely loves her--Delysia needs a map to figure out how to navigate through life. Miss Pettigrew, who suffered a loss during WWI that she does not speak of, nudges the naïve songstress toward wise decisions. But she is at the mercy of Delysias formidable friend (Shirley Henderson), who knows the truth about her impoverished state and is engaged to a much older man (Ciarán Hinds). The latter, a fellow of substance who seems to be meandering through life, falls instantly for the soulful Miss Pettigrew. Full of Art Deco trappings and paced with a vintage, screwball comedy energy, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is like watching a contemporary version of a Hollywood classic. --Tom Keogh
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Amy Adams is so versatile. I watched this movie back to back with "Trouble with the Curve", starring Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood. Such different movies, different roles, yet Amy does a fabulous job in each. And of course Frances Dormand is amazing, another very talented and versatile actress. I was cheering for her all the way! AND it's a romantic comedy - Fun, right? - you find out at the end if they each "get their guy" (no spoilers exactly, but... hey, what do YOU think?! ha).
The supporting cast is also an extremly talented mix - some I recognize, some not so much, but clearly career professionals (check out Ciaran Hinds - so debonair!).
Nothing but praise for this movie.
We viewed this movie having no knowledge of what it was all about but within the first 10 minutes were completely hooked on the characters and the action. The rather strange assortment of characters all work together to produce a very satisfying and fulfilling screen experience that is worthy of repeated viewings.
We gladly add this movie to our collection of family friendly classics that we plan on watching again and again.
I enjoyed the movie so much that I have ordered the book, which I am sure will be even better because that's usually how it goes!
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