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Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day

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on 5/3/2010

I've watched this movie countless times and it always makes me sigh with longing and smile with joy. It was well acted in both an over the top way, and with quiet dignity.

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A charming comedy about finding a new life and a new love, all in one day.


Studio Universal
SKU 207990873
UPC 025195016230
UPC 14 00025195016230
Format DVD
Release Date 8/19/2008
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Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Review The new film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day harkens back to those days of ditzy heiresses, silly playboys, and suave leading men. And for the most part, it succeeds...Madcap without being scattered, whimsical with just enough realism to keep us rooted, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a film that definitely lives up to its title...Of course, it helps to have Amy Adams in the lead. If Oscars were given out for hyperactive perkiness alone, she'd have a mantle full of gold...As a foil, McDormand is equally engaging. Successfully maneuvering a clipped British accent, and working her way from zaniness to serious drama, she's like a maudlin Mary Poppins, able to make the players' metaphorical medicine go down with a spoon full of sarcasm, not sugar...Indeed, most of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is won and lost on how well we identify and empathize with these characters. The script by David Magee (Finding Neverland) and Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty) frequently overreaches--the musical moment which finds Adams torching "If I Didn't Care" with Michael is a good example--but Nalluri's sense of balance and control keeps it all approachable. While it's not the most winning example of old genre revitalization ever attempted, this is one turn of the clock that produces more smiles than sighs.
Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 8
Review Nalluri -- who has worked mostly in television -- doesn't have as much control over the material as he might: This story, set between the two world wars, of an unemployed governess who changes several lives (one of them her own) in the course of a single day is joyously exaggerated and exuberant, but sometimes it's a little too heavy on its feet...But "Miss Pettigrew" is also one of those rare cases where a filmmaker's good intentions, and the enthusiasm of his actors, are enough to fill in the cracks. Based on a 1938 novel by the English author Winifred Watson (the book was republished in 2000 by Persephone Books), the movie, which was shot by John de Borman, with production design by Sarah Greenwood, has a pleasingly retro look and feel..."Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" is a picture about transformation and finding true love, which, depending on your viewpoint, are either staid, overcooked themes or classical ones. But either way, the movie's simplicity is its strong suit: It never pretends to be more than it is. Miss Pettigrew's life is changed in small ways when she dons a new dress in a flattering color and trades her flyaway mouse tresses for a cap of curls. But the real change she undergoes is hardly cosmetic. Watching McDormand navigate that transformation is the kind of thing that can keep your hope in movies, and in actors, alive.
Reviewer Stephanie Zacharek
ReviewRating 8
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer A jubilee for McDormand and jolly good fun for most everyone else.
Claudia Puig, USA Today A good farce is hard to find...Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a particularly effective and cheeky example.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews Adams shines brightly, reinforcing the image she projected in Junebug and enhanced in Enchanted and Charlie Wilson's War.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter Sustains itself through terrific forward momentum and two glorious star turns by gifted actresses Frances McDormand and Amy Adams.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun unusual and engaging romantic comedy because it's mostly about how these women ready each other for real love.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor Based on the 1938 novel by Winifred Watson, it's a deluxe romance that most of the time plays like farce.
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle Frothy and exuberantly entertaining - in part because of the sexual innuendoes - it's the best romantic comedy so far this year.

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