Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Theatrical Release: March 7, 2008
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day


A sophisticated and heartfelt comedy. In the 1939-set romantic tale, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand), 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 (Academy Award nominee Amy Adams). Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into a heady high-society milieu – and, by the end of the day, discovers her own romantic destiny.

Dove Review

Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) finds that one day can make an enormous difference in not only her own life, but in the life of Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams). Delysia needs a social secretary but more emphatically needs some counsel about the heart and true love, something that Miss Pettigrew is a bit of an expert at. In desperate need of employment, Miss Pettigrew swipes a card with Delysia’s name on it from an employment agency, and winds up being at the right place at the wrong time. Delysia is having an affair with a show business producer, and another boyfriend is on the way to her apartment. Miss Pettigrew helps her out of the bind but also helps her to realize that there is more to life than climbing the show biz ladder of success.

Although the film moves along at a pretty good pace, and has some funny moments, the content of the movie prevents Dove from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the picture. The movie contains some strong language, implied sex outside of marriage in addition to both male and female rear nudity. Sometimes it is more prudent to guard the heart than see a film about the heart with non-family elements in it.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Implied sex between unmarried couple; also the same woman with another male character; a bra is seen on the top of a chandelier; kissing.
Language: GD-1; D-11; G/OMG-4; H-3
Violence: A fist fight in which a man is knocked out.
Drugs: Smoking and drinking in a few scenes.
Nudity: Rear male nudity; partial rear female nudity; woman's thigh exposed; cleavage.
Other: A character has several boyfriends with the idea of making it to the top in show business; the beginning of World War ll is mentioned and air raid practices go on and war planes are seen flying overhead; a few lies are told in the film and a woman steals a business card.


Company: Focus Features
Writer: David Magee and Simon Beaufoy
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 92 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter