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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) Movie Information

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Comedy, Drama





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Bharat Nalluri


Amy Adams
Clare Clifford
David Alexander
Christina Cole
Shirley Henderson
Frances McDormand





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A 40 something woman looses her job as a Governess in London only to be found by an American actress. She begins to live the life in the glamorous spotlight with her new friend. Along the way, she tries to get her employer (the famous American actress) to settle down and find her a man.

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Indyfreak 06/18/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Amy Adams steals the show but it's still a sweet and heartwarming screwball comedy.

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PsychoKing1227 08/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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What a charming movie to just kick back and relax to. This kind of movie reminds me of "The Importance of Being Earnest" or early or revised Restoration plays of the 1700s. I loved loved LOVED Amy Adams in this movie, and Frances McDormand is magical at what she does. The story is definitely one that is universal, where the higher class is under scrutiny by one who wants desperately to be in it. I really loved this movie. Its brilliant.

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Ikkinbot 08/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is a really well done movie based on a really fantastic book. The story is both touching and funny, which is very difficult to pull off. The acting is great. Its hard to picture anyone but Frances McDormand as MissPettigrew and Amy Adams is perfect as the ditsy but lovable lead. Overall, just a really great movie.

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goodfellamike 10/18/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A sprightly, energetic screwball variation on Cinderella, aided by another fabulous, bubbly performance from Amy Adams; Frances McDormand's depressing character weighs down a lot of the enjoyment, but it has heart, humor and pizzazz. Final Grade: B

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06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

This was a surprising little period comedy elevated by some stellar performances from its cast. Frances McDormand is great in the title role (no surprise), but I thought it was Amy Adams that really makes the film something special. We've seen her in this sort of role before as the cute, peppy, ditsy girl, however, she really finds something in the character and by the end of the film you really feel like you've completed her journey alongside her. Lee Pace is also terrific (underrated actor imo) and has some great chemistry with Adams. The movie is predictable in some regards because you know exactly where the film is going to go, but I didn't mind having these actors take me there. Great 1930s setting. I was surprised by how much I loved the film, I fell for every bit of it.

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10/20/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Gets Better as It Goes On

This is another one of those films that solidifies my love for Frances McDormand. She’s a chameleon in every role she plays and she often adds an extra spice that makes her character that much more lovable. But she’s not the only one that shines here. Amy Adams more than held her own, especially during that bar scene when she sings and realizes what she really wants in life. Equally good are fascinating Shirley Henderson (who somewhat reminded me of Megan Mullally not just because of her voice but the way she carried herself) and the romantic Lee Pace. At first I didn’t know whether I was going to like the entire picture because the first twenty minutes were all over the place. There was a lot of energy going on but I was doubtful whether the filmmakers could harness all of it and keep a ...

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