I can’t believe this movie is a decade old because it feels timeless, fresh, funny, and as perfectly delightful today as when it came out! Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) may be a throwback to 1930s screwball comedies, but it’s not hokey or arch in ways that might be off-putting in the older flicks to kids these days. The casting of deadpan Frances McDormand as social secretary Miss Pettigrew to bubbly Amy Adams, an American singer Delysia, makes for fantastic comedy over the course of this fictional wacky day. Add to it wonderful period costumes by designer Michael O’Connor, and this is a feast for the eyes too.
Set in 1939 London, the movie follows the course of one improbable and hilarious day as down-and-out Miss Pettigrew helps Delysia through one madcap adventure after another and even finds love for herself with the dashing Joe (Ciarán Hinds). Delysia starts the day practically naked and then changes clothes four times, getting more and more fabulous, so we see a great range of ’30s fashions. Miss Pettigrew starts out drab and gets a little makeover from her grateful employer, but is still appropriately subdued for her age and station.
What do you love about Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day?