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,
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
which it was.
It seems to show how fun and
frolicking it was,
which you couldn’t ask for
a more delightful film,
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,
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: