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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
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08.15.2008 By: Sturdy
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day order
Director:
Bharat Nalluri

Actors:
Frances McDormand
Amy Adams
Lee Pace

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A down on her luck nanny finds herself the new social secretary of an aspiring actress. She quickly finds herself in morally compromising situations, but manages to teach everyone, and herself, a little bit about love and doing the right thing.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
A lot of movies are targeted to the female audience, but very few movies only appeal to females. This one happens to be one such film. It has two drastically different lead female characters that form a bond and teach each other a valuable lesson in the end. It has its moments, but overall it was a little too cutesy for my taste.

As much as I love Amy Adams, I found her to be very annoying and slightly obnoxious in this. She basically copied her adorable character from ENCHANTED, but with a slutty twist. The character worked wonderfully for ENCHANTED because it fit the story. I didn’t think it worked well here, as an American actress living in London during WW2 would have to be a little more sociably intelligent than the character we saw.

McDormand always does well, but between her and Amy Adams, there was an overbearing feeling of overacting. At times it felt like I was watching an off-Broadway play with actors trying to hard to sell the situation and the script. There were plenty of instances where I wanted to tell everyone to relax.

I also found the film to be a bit of a contradiction. On one hand, you have Amy Adams acting like a princess and McDormand doing her best, poor Mary Poppins impersonation and then you have promiscuous sex and other sexual innuendos discussed freely. If they had cleaned it up just a bit, it would have made a nice PG kids film. As it is, it might be too raunchy for the 13 and under crowd and too cutesy for the 13 and over crowd.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Bharat Nalluri: Bharat is a knowledgeable director and seems to have a good time talking about the making of the film. He focuses mainly on the back-story and the decisions that went into various scenes. For the most part, he keeps it going and overall he’s pretty interesting.

Deleted Scenes (8:47): One of these is an alternate opening that was actually heavily featured in the previews. Other than that, they’re pretty bland with most of them featured on Miss Petigrew and her

Miss Pettigrew’s Long Trip to Hollywood (8:05): This is a nice little featurette chronicling the journey of making the book into a movie. The movie rights were actually sold a few times, but eventually made their way to Focus features. This is a good one to watch if you were a fan of the book.

Making an Unforgettable Day (18:21): This is your standard making-of featurette with cast and crew interviews and too many movie clips. I get sick of hearing actors talk about what the movie is about because they always seem to think the film is deeper than it actually is. This one is no different.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I wasn’t a fan, but that doesn’t mean this is a bad film. I just found the film to be a little dull and I wasn’t impressed with the otherwise brilliant McDormand and Adams. However, I think some of the female movie fans might find something appealing in the film.
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