Monday, March 24, 2008

Last night we went to see the film "Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day" and enjoyed it very much. Frances McDormand plays Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess who's out of work and on the streets. She takes a chance on one last job with glamorous American actress and singer Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams) and in 24 hours has her life turned around.

It's a sweet, romantic comedy. McDormand is, as usual, outstanding and Adams plays the ditzy Delysia with a great deal of verve. It also features Lee Pace (le sigh!) of "Pushing Daisies".

Part of what I liked best about the film was what one reviewer said: She could have taken her elderly father to see it and they would have both enjoyed it. It was frothy and fun, and not full of nudity, violence or coarse language. I have no objection to those things in movies, but sometimes it seems like they're added in just to make the movie palatable to 16 year old boys.

This was more like a film you'd see on TCM--comedy and romance aimed at grownups, but you wouldn't worry about the kids wandering into the room while you're watching.

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