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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  15 August 2008 (UK)
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Guinevere Pettigrew, 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.

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War threatens London as Miss Pettigrew, a destitute governess, filches a client's card from her agency and presents herself at the door. A singer named Delysia Lafosse wants a social secretary as she seeks a West End role by sleeping with a feckless producer in the bed of Nick, a smarmy nightclub owner with whom she also dallies. She ignores Michael, her piano player, who loves her and has tickets for New York on the Queen Mary. Miss Pettigrew's job is to make sure Delysia gets the part. Over 24 hours, Miss Pettigrew is also called upon to help an ambitious and unfaithful fashion editor patch things up with her older fiancé, a lingerie designer. Has Miss Pettigrew found her calling? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Every Woman Will Have Her Day

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

£90,878 (UK) (15 August 2008)

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£90,878 (UK) (15 August 2008)
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Reportedly, the director had to ask Lee Pace leave the set, as Amy Adams admittedly was so distracted by him since "he just looked so dashing". See more »

Goofs

The film takes place immediately before the outbreak of World War II, when England told Germany that they would declare war if Germany invaded Poland. Germany did so, and England declared war in early September, 1939. However, the film depicts an advanced state of autumn, with cool winds, dead leaves, etc. In actuality, war was declared on a beautiful late summer's day in England. It was not yet autumn. See more »

Quotes

Guinevere Pettigrew: I'm afraid I walked in on your guest in his state of nature. I fear that I have outraged his sense of propriety.
Delysia: Oh no, Phil doesn't have one of those.
Guinevere Pettigrew: He's a much bigger boy than I had anticipated.
Delysia: [giggles] Oh you noticed that too.
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References Four's a Crowd (1938) See more »

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Anything Goes
Words and Music by Cole Porter
Performed by Lew Stone and His Band (featuring Radio Three Singers)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Simply irresistible
3 April 2008 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

When I first saw the trailer for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, I was a little off put, it looked like a movie that I was either going like a lot or really dislike and feel like it was a waste of time. So I saw Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day this morning and I really liked it a lot. Miss Pettigrew is a feel good light hearted romantic comedy, one that we need more of these days. It had bright colors, a fun story, and enchanting actors. Frances McDormand was so brilliant and a lot of fun to watch, she's got such a presence on the silver screen and has still got that magical touch. Amy Adams was just adorable, I really am starting to love her more and more in each movie I see her in, she's just so cute in her role as Delysia. The weird thing is, is that her character could have been such a tramp, but she made it into someone so cute and likable that her and Miss Pettigrew into a great on screen friendship.

Miss Pettigrew is a woman in the 1930's who has gone through so much, she's getting fired from one job to the next. But when she sneaks into being a "social secretary" for Delysia Lafosse, a sexy young vixen who is dating three guys at the same time. But she just wants to have the lead role in the local play and become a huge actress, but it's hard balancing these boys, but with Miss Pettigrew, she realizes that she might just be in love with a great man. Miss Pettigrew in the mean time catches the eye of a handsome rich man, Joe, who may just change her life.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a charming film and is one of the better films of 2008. I know that it's a bit predictable and it's a chick flick, but it's just a fun movie that I'm sure you'll like. It doesn't try too hard and the actors looked like they had such a great time making this movie. I would recommend Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, it's worth the watch. It's a nice romantic comedy that's original, clean, and fun. It brought me back to the classic movies of the 1950's where they were just fun entertainment, the colors and the feel of movie was just enchanting.

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