Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day

DVD - 2008
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In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job. Now she must seize the day if she wants a job. She does this by intercepting an employment assignment outside of her comfort level as social secretary. Arriving at a penthouse apartment for the interview, Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse. Suddenly, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into the world of high society. Within hours she is living it up. Taking the social secretary designation to heart, she tries to help her new friend Delysia navigate both a love life and career. This is complicated by the three men in Delysia's life: devoted pianist Michael, intimidating nightclub owner Nick, and impressionable junior impresario Phil. Miss Pettigrew herself is unexpectedly drawn to the gallant Joe, a successful designer who is tenuously engaged to haughty fashion maven Edythe - the one person who senses that the new social secretary may be out of her element and schemes to undermine her. Over the next 24 hours, Guinevere and Delysia will empower each other to discover their romantic destinies.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal, c2008.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE COMEDY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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the_bookwyrm
Aug 03, 2017

A light screwball comedy that left me swaddled in a blanket of good feelings, this is a good choice to watch with a loved one or at a slumber party.

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NGYSOBKNRIWFHBLMSH
Jul 26, 2017

I think amy adams is adorable. I want to marry her, if she'll have me. "Sock him in the jaw!"

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kpelish
Feb 14, 2017

Fast-paced and fun, with a serious message underneath the ever-present champagne that love matters more than fame or fortune--the dilemmas that actress Amy Adams faces in her role as seemingly ditzy Delysia Lafosse. Frances McDormand (one of my favorite actresses), as Guinevere Pettigrew, tartly guides Delysia through a romp of choosing among three different men against a background of gathering war clouds for WW II. Along the way, Guinevere surmounts her fears of long-term unemployment and her double-edged trait of (usually) speaking the truth. There's a funny scene where she misunderstands her agency employer's comment of "difficult" to apply to the alcoholic lady of the house, not herself, and argues that she'd be willing to try the job again if the lady would stop her "fondness for sherry". Spoiler: At the end, simply by being herself, she finds love once again.

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tenet
Jul 20, 2015

Rated 5/10.

EWE!... had to quit ten minutes in, do to a very strong gag reflex. Possibly better suited for those in a coma or suffering from severe brain trauma.

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No_Stalkers4Me
Jun 15, 2015

Feel good, funny, breezy.

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Josanna
Mar 17, 2015

Upon returning the Miss P. DVD I wrote a note to let the staff know this is badly scratched and skips. What did they do? They just put it back on the shelf.

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franna
Jul 27, 2014

just a little silly

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Libraryman1_0
May 21, 2014

Marvelously acted romantic comedy with wonderful turns by Francis Mc Dormand who is great in any role she plays, and Amy Adams always a delight. The authenticity of the era of the 1930's is captured in all it's splendor, and the story moves along nicely and provides the viewer with a fun experience.

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pegasus71
Jan 26, 2014

A silly and insipid British farce that wastes the talents of Frances McDormand and has Amy Adams acting her part as if she were trying to channel Marilyn Monroe. 30 minutes was all I could take of this forgettable wannabe comedy.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 23, 2011

Sexual Content: Nudity and innuendo

nadian Apr 01, 2009

Sexual Content: Suggested off screen. Partial nudity.

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Michael
Mar 31, 2009

Violence: none

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Michael
Mar 31, 2009

Coarse Language: none

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Michael
Mar 31, 2009

Sexual Content: sex is alluded to but not shown

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raghoud87
Nov 20, 2011

raghoud87 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 23, 2011

Teyfor8Wyoma thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

nadian Apr 01, 2009

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Michael
Mar 31, 2009

Michael thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Guinevere Pettigrew: I'm afraid I walked in on your guest in his state of nature. I fear that I have outraged his sense of propriety.
Delysia: Oh no, Phil doesn't have one of those.
Guinevere Pettigrew: He's a much bigger boy than I had anticipated.
Delysia: [giggles] Oh you noticed that too.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Guinevere Pettigrew: Mrs. Brummegen was, well, fond of the sherry, if you take my meaning. As a vicar's daughter I found her rather difficult.
Miss Holt: She found you rather difficult, Miss Pettigrew, and that is, I'm afraid, a recurring theme.
Guinevere Pettigrew: A person can change.
Miss Holt: I haven't seen any sign of that.
Guinevere Pettigrew: She could stop drinking.
Miss Holt: ...Our clients don't adapt to suit your needs, Miss Pettigrew. You adapt to them.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Joe Blumfield: Are you all right?
Guinevere Pettigrew: Yes. Well, to take another woman's escort.
Joe Blumfield: You didn't take me. I took you. I'm sure Edythe can cope. What happened to that particularly beautiful scarf you were wearing at the fashion show?
Guinevere Pettigrew: What are you talking about?
Joe Blumfield: Despite your most elegant transformation, the body is still the same.
Guinevere Pettigrew: Mr. Blumfield!
Joe Blumfield: As are the eyes. Most fetching if I may say.

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Michael
Mar 31, 2009

Joe Blumfield: I've been looking for you all night, and I believe, all of my life. If you'll have me.

Delysia: We're going to war, aren't we?
Guinevere Pettigrew: Yes we are. And that is why you must not waste a second of this precious life. Listen to me. Once I too had ambitions. Not your grand ones, simple ambitions. Marriage, children and a house of our own. He died, in the mud in France. A good, solid man. You would call him dull, no doubt, but he smiled whenever he saw me and we could've built a life on that. Your heart knows the truth, Delysia. Trust it.

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phyllis49
Mar 18, 2012

An out-of-work governess stumbles into the job of social secretary for a glamourous entertainer.
Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Mark Strong, Lee Pace.
MPAA rating PG-13 some partial nudity and innuendo.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.

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Michael
Mar 30, 2009

So, what's this movie about?

Amongst other things - it's about discovering what's truly right and best for you - and being authentic to one's self.

It's also a story that explores the different notions of love - what we do in love - and who we end up with.

And finally, it's about people making choices, about making the right moral decisions in the midst of a complex set of circumstances - and living with the consequences.

And that's an eternal dilemma that we can all relate to - young and old.

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