A movie review of “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”


If I were in the audience at the premiere

of this 2008 movie, I would be hard-

pressed who to choose to throw roses

at the feet of;  too many

fine acting performances.

The movie is,

“Miss Pettigrew


for a Day.”

“People” magazine reviewer at the

release date in 2008, Leah Rozen

glowed with an upscale comment:

“A delightful champagne

cocktail of a comedy!”

This makes the movie seem

extra bubbly,

which it was.

It seems to show how fun and

frolicking it was,

which you couldn’t ask for

a more delightful film,

directed by

Bharat Nalluri.

The part which isn’t covered with

this simple comment will be

explained in my personal opinions.

The main character is a woman who

has just been fired from her latest

position as a governess. It is not

immediately explained why, but

once you see how Miss P’s day

goes, you may think her,

“Ship has finally come in.”

As Miss P. stumbles, dazed into the

streets of London, she had requested

her pay, but alas, wasn’t given a cent.

She has a small suitcase clutched in

her hand as a man hurrying past her,

bumps the hand, she releases her

case, clothing falling and being

caught in a brisk wind blowing.

Embarrassed, Miss P. escapes the

man on the street who admits he just

got out of jail! Hungry, she ends up

late in the day, passing a stylish woman

(and camera slowly shows) in a cab

with her being affectionate with man.

Nothing gets past Miss P, who noticed

woman and later, both man on street

and woman in taxi cab are brought out

of her “steel trap of a brain,” with

catalogued information used.

Woman in cab also remembers Miss P,

walking out of soup kitchen and

soup bowl knocked out of hand.

Desperately hungry, tired and forlorn,

audience finds Miss P. once again at

the employment agency, seeking a job.

One thing leads to another. . . Miss

P. happens to land at door of a

frivolous and flirtatious woman

named, “Delysia Lafosse.”

The day gets better and better,

otherwise how would this be a

plot of a book by same name

written by Winifred Watson?

Miss Pettigrew is played carefully,

cautiously by Frances MacDormand.

One background detail emerges- –

Her character’s father was a minister.

Delysia is played with gusto and a

vivacious attitude by Amy Adams.

☆ ¤ ☆ ¤ ☆ ¤ ☆ ¤ ☆

There are three attractive male

choices for Delysia to decide from,

her singing career and fate rest upon.

♡ ◇ ♡ ◇ ♡ ◇ ♡ ◇ ♡

We, as the audience, and dear Miss

P., know who is the “right choice”

for Delysia’s “happily ever after.”

There is a very packed day of events

where the young singer and older,

wiser Miss Pettigrew become close

as she portrays her personal secretary.

Along the way, Miss P. luckily,

also finds a possible happy future.

A few unspoken wishes come true,

while a very satisfying ending ties

it all up in a pretty package.

The background music is jazzy,

moving and left me breathless.

One song playing as the two women

set off for shopping excursion,

“facials” and haircut and dye job

for Miss Pettigrew is,

“Anything Goes.”

With the serious tone of WWII planes

flying overhead and a

“practice Black Out,”

in London speak easy,

the movie enlists drama,

romance and comedy

at their finest.”

Written by Robin O. Cochran

This review is to be considered as

a part of Cindy Bruchman’s

Valentine’s Day Movie Fest.

Please look for Cindy’s post,

February 13, 2016,

to be found at:


Cindy featured a guest film reviewer,

Ruth, you may find her at:




55 responses »

  1. Oh, I am so glad to read this Robin. Is it available in theaters? I have to take my mother-in-law out to a movie next week and hope I can find this! You could be a regular movie critic!

    • Beth, I learn things every day. Oops! I should have included you may find this in libraries or in DVD rental shops. It is a 2008 movie. My Mom loved it so maybe while your mother visits you may locate it and watch together. I know I would like your beautiful mother, Beth.
      Happy Valentine’s day weekend! ♡

    • You will enjoy this and so much fun. One scene made me laugh out loud. It is a 2008 film so you may find at rental shops or library. My Mom enjoyed and followed the plot fairly well. 🙂

    • Elizabeth, I feel it has a wild part in it but nothing like current PG-13 films. I believe you will thoroughly enjoy this and we’ll worth borrowing from the library or a DVD rental shop. 🙂

    • So glad you were able to read the book as a group. It would be fun yo discuss the hilarious adventures of both Delysia and Miss Pettigrew. Happy Valentine’s Day, dear Jenny! ♡

    • I think you would like it. Although any age above 12 would be amused, Anneli, I think you and I who like historical scenes and costumes would really treasure and enjoy this. My Mom loved the music ftom the past and mentioned to stop the film to tell her memory of day that WWII ended, she was working and passing out free ice cream cones at my great uncle’s pharmacy.

    • Thank you, Jill! Glad you enjoyed the review. It would not ruin the film since there is a lot I left out. I hope you will see it someday. I borrowed from the library; Mom and I really liked it! ♡

    • I will hope you may find it at a library of DVD rental shop, Inese. I believe you will enjoy this very much. I so rarely recommend movies and the last time was when I went to see “The Martian.”
      In case you celebrate Valentine’s day, may you have a special day tomorrow. ♡

  2. Hello Robin! Lovely review, I’m glad I found your blog through Cindy’s. I love this one, it’s bubbly on the outset but it actually has a pretty deep social commentary of that era as well. I thought Lee Pace was absolutely enchanting here and I wanted him & Amy Adams’ character to get together 😀 I wonder what else Bharat Nalluri has done, he’s done a nice job w/ this one and captured the 30s era really well.

    • Ruth, your very thoughtful comments were missed. Hope we can start again. I like Lee Pace and haven’t checked but he and Kristen Chenoweth may have been in a cool but short lived series on television called, “Pushing Daisies.” I will be better seeing your comments in the future! I haven’t looked up the director either. Amy Adams was with Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson’s War and I liked her with Meryl Streep in Julie/Julia. Also, cute children’s animated, “Enchanted.” Her first movie I ever saw her in was called “Junebug.”

    • Thank you, Maniparna. I think it holds a lot of elements everyone could enjoy. I hope that if it is available and free, you may watch it. Libraries here let us borrow movies a week. Take care and have a special Valentine’s ♡ Day. I am glad to have you as a good friend.

    • I like this kind of film, Diana. One’s with characters who have multi-dimensional layers and historical references. So, I saw it first about 7 and 1/2 years ago, then watched it recently to write comments on Cindy Bruchman’s post for the Lucky 13 Club. I found it at our library so I imagine you might, too.
      Happy Valentine’s Day. ♡

  3. I love the song, “If I didn’t care”. That scene chokes me up. And Miss Pettigrew’s advice under the piano where her lost man smiled whenever he saw her–aww, the real meaning of true love. It’s a perfect Valentine’s Day movie!

    • Perfect addition to this post’s section of responses, Cindy. This scene was a great game changer. Yes, without revealing anything, this was a wonderfully sweet and memorable comment. What more could you ask for in a romance? ♡

    • Nia, I am one who doesn’t rely on reviews. I trust my own “gut” or emotions! I think you and I have overlapping tastes: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Labyrinth, laughing at silly things and being laid back sometimes! 🙂 Hope you find this someday and let me know if you see it! 🙂

  4. Great review.But why doesn’t the text display in full paragraphs? It would be more convenient to read.But other wise great review!!

    Please my reviews at my blog as well 🙂

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