Cast: Amy Adams, Frances McDormand, Lee Pace
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Script: David Magee, Simon Beaufoy
Rated: PG-13, for partial nudity.
Genre: Comedy, drama, romance
It’s 1939 in London, and Delysia (Amy Adams) is an actress lacking in stage talent, but has an unbelievable knack for keeping men on their toes and stirring up trouble. Frances McDormand plays Miss Pettigrew, a sub-standard nanny who manages to change Delysia’s life over the course of one day.
The moviemakers have attempted to add a little bit of everything, an exercise that at times is disastrous, as their efforts to reach a large audience makes it difficult to nail down a genre. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is your typical comedy about character mix-ups and messes, but it also incorporates dramatic touches regarding the search for true love.
It should be mentioned that the movie could work as a made-for-TV movie, but performances from Adams from McDormand make the movie-going experience worthwhile. Both actresses perfectly portray their characters early in the movie, and even though the movie isn’t actually groundbreaking, it’s well-executed. Miss Pettigrew keeps the audience’s eyes glued to the screen and avoids typical Hollywood humor, but don’t expect grand special effects.
This is the perfect movie for classic-film lovers, both international and independent. But if you enjoyed comedies like Borat or Knocked Up, this isn’t the movie for you.