Box art for Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day

comedy, drama

Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams (Enchanted) and Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand star in this charming comedy about finding a new life and a new love, all in one day.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Charming period comedy is a frothy fairy tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is essentially a feel-good fairy tale, albeit one with adult overtones. There's some partial nudity -- Amy Adams parades around in one scene with nothing but a towel covering her front, for example -- and a handful of innuendoes. The plot is fairly mature, too, in that it's about a woman who craves stardom and will do everything -- including bed a producer -- to achieve it, even if it means losing the one man who's right for her. But there's no swearing except for "damn," and the smoking and social drinking are accurate for the late-'30s setting. And the movie approaches its heavier topics with a delightfully light touch, ultimately sending a positive, life-affirming message.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what drives Delysia to succeed. Do you see any parallels between her situation and that of today's aspiring media stars? Why are people willing to make sacrifices to be famous? Families can also discuss why Miss Pettigrew has such an effect on Delysia. What effect does she have on Miss Pettigrew? In the movie, they both undergo an overnight change; is that believable? If not, does it matter? What do they learn from each other?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Adams is adorable as the wide-eyed would-be starlet, with McDormand spot-on as the sensible half of the odd couple. A delightfully frivolous screwball comedy.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Friday, August 15, 2008

Fresh: It's lucky that Amy Adams and Frances McDormand lend their best charms to Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, otherwise this featherweight Art Deco fancy might drift away like a soap bubble, and go 'pop!'

- Anthony Quinn, Independent, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: It's hard not to like a movie in which Frances McDormand spends half her screen time staring longingly at leftover scraps of bread and half-eaten apples, as she does in the charmingly featherweight Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

- Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Friday, March 7, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I enjoyed this movie. Frances McDormand plays a down-on-her-luck governess who finds work as the social secretary for a ditsy actress. They are just what each other needs.

- Redlats, Sunday, July 11, 2010

3 stars

There is only one reason to see this, ah, happy little movie: the growth of the relationship between Frances McDormand and Ciarn Hinds. That part of the movie is beautifully done. The rest of it, however, is a bit of a wash. For McDormand and Hinds, this is a wonderful love story that rings very true. For all the rest of it, well, I guess it's a kind of fluffy window dressing. It's as if there are two movies being shown at the same time.

- binky013, Monday, February 1, 2010

3 stars

This was a alright movie. Francis McDormand and Amy Adams play two very different characters who are actually similar in certain ways. And this allows them to help each other make very important changes in their lives over the course of a very frentic day. Adams flies around the sceen at a breathless, breakneck place, while McDormand is somber and earnest as she gets swept up into the bright lights and parties of high society. It's brief and fluffy and not a bad way to spend a bit of your time.

- lewiskendell, Friday, August 14, 2009