History Film / MissPettigrewLivesForADay

13th Oct '16 3:18:49 PM RoseAndHeather
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A 2008 film based on a 1938 book by Winifred Watson and starring Frances [=McDormand=], Creator/AmyAdams, Creator/LeePace Creator/MarkStrong and [[Creator/CiaranHinds Ciarán Hinds]]. It is set in London, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, and follows a spectacular day in the life of an English nanny.

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A 2008 film based on a 1938 book by Winifred Watson and starring Frances [=McDormand=], Creator/AmyAdams, Creator/LeePace Creator/LeePace, Creator/MarkStrong and [[Creator/CiaranHinds Ciarán Hinds]]. It is set in London, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, and follows a spectacular day in the life of an English nanny.
20th Sep '16 10:14:07 AM fearlessnikki
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* CucubmberFacial: Miss Pettigrew gets one, and this time eating the cucumbers is justified; she's starving.

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* CucubmberFacial: CucumberFacial: Miss Pettigrew gets one, and this time eating the cucumbers is justified; she's starving.



* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: More Rich Suitor, Well-Connected Suitor, Poor Suitor; the choice is between club owner Nick, theatre producer Philip, and poor pianist Michael.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Subverted. Edythe having a fling with Gerry while she's engaged to Joe is portrayed as wrong - as is Delysia's juggling of three men. The difference is that Delysia's is PlayedForLaughs, and her suitors do at least seem to know about each other.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: More Rich Suitor, Well-Connected Suitor, Poor Suitor; the choice is between club owner Nick, theatre producer Philip, and poor pianist Michael. Technically the case for Joe, as his potential suitors are the boutique owner Edythe and the penniless Miss Pettigrew. From Phil's perspective, he also has the choice between established actress Charlotte and Delysia, who is living off Nick's charity.
20th Sep '16 10:10:12 AM fearlessnikki
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: It's implied this is how Delysia ended up with Nick. She mentions wanting to break it off with him but ending up falling for his forceful nature.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Delysia is the beauty with charm and charisma. Miss Pettigrew is the brains with a knack for reading people. Edythe is the brawn who tries to force her way.



* ChehkovsGun: A double whammy. In the opening, Miss Pettigrew spies Edythe kissing a man called Gerry at the soup kitchen. Edythe does not want her fiancee to find out about this, and blackmails Miss Pettigrew with the threat that she'll out her as a homeless beggar.

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* ChehkovsGun: ChekhovsGun: A double whammy. In the opening, Miss Pettigrew spies Edythe kissing a man called Gerry at the soup kitchen. Edythe does not want her fiancee to find out about this, and blackmails Miss Pettigrew with the threat that she'll out her as a homeless beggar.beggar.
* CucubmberFacial: Miss Pettigrew gets one, and this time eating the cucumbers is justified; she's starving.



* EthicalSlut: Played with. Delysia is shown sympathetically for having three lovers - one of whom she's rather shamelessly seducing to further her career - but when given an ultimatum she is forced to pick just one of them.



* {{Fanservice}}: Delysia gets a scene in the bath and afterwards positions the towel in such a way to show off some of her figure.



* TheHecateSisters: Delysia is the Maiden, Edythe is the Matron and Miss Pettigrew is the Crone.



* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: Edythe finds Miss Pettigrew and Joe alone together, having a serious conversation. Edythe assumes that Miss P. has ratted her out to Joe, and says as much, while also telling Joe a secret that Miss P. has been trying to hide. (Miss P. and Joe were actually discussing WWI and [[ItMakesSenseInContext socks]].) Not only does Joe not care about Miss P.'s secret, he's happy to hear Edythe confess the truth about [[YourCheatingHeart her behavior]].

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* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: Edythe finds Miss Pettigrew and Joe alone together, having a serious conversation. Edythe assumes that Miss P. has ratted her out to Joe, and says as much, while also telling Joe a secret that Miss P. has been trying to hide. (Miss P. and Joe were actually discussing WWI and [[ItMakesSenseInContext socks]].) Not only does Joe not care about Miss P.'s secret, he's happy to hear Edythe confess the truth about [[YourCheatingHeart her behavior]].behaviour]].



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Lee Pace's English accent slips a few times, usually when he has to pronounce a word like 'last'. Frances [=McDormand=] fares much better.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Lee Pace's English accent slips a few times, usually when he has to pronounce a word like 'last'. Frances [=McDormand=] fares much better.better - only slipping out of her accent when she discovers Michael in the flat.



* PennyAmongDiamonds: Miss Pettigrew, a homeless nanny pretending to be a high-class social secretary

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* PennyAmongDiamonds: Miss Pettigrew, a homeless nanny pretending to be a high-class social secretarysecretary.



* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl

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* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirlSavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: This dynamic is why Michael and Delysia are the perfect match.


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* TrueBlueFemininity: The beautiful Delysia puts on a baby blue suit for her day out. The scarf she gives Miss Pettigrew - which the latter calls "the most beautiful thing I've ever owned" - is also blue.
15th Sep '16 4:53:05 AM fearlessnikki
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* {{Bitch In Sheeps Clothing}}: Edythe.

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* {{Bitch In Sheeps Clothing}}: Edythe.Edythe, though she's not very good at it. Most see through her act easily, or at least Miss Pettigrew does.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The four female characters fit this bill. Charlotte Warren is the blonde, Edythe and Miss Pettigrew are brunettes (the former is black, the latter brown) and Delysia of course is the redhead.



* BuddyPicture: Female variety. Miss Pettigrew and Delysia are the main characters and the majority of the film is their friendship.
* CastingCouch: Delysia is trying to get a part on the stage by sleeping with the producer's son. When he gives her the part, her competition Charlotte Warren makes a pass at him too.
* ChehkovsGun: A double whammy. In the opening, Miss Pettigrew spies Edythe kissing a man called Gerry at the soup kitchen. Edythe does not want her fiancee to find out about this, and blackmails Miss Pettigrew with the threat that she'll out her as a homeless beggar.



* DevelopmentHell: The book it was based on came out in 1938. The movie rights were sold in 1939. The movie came out in ''2008''.



* FakeBrit: Frances [=McDormand=] as Miss Pettigrew and Lee Pace as Michael.



* GenkiGirl: Delysia is eternally perky and bubbly and charms everyone with it.



* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: When Miss Pettigrew gets her makeover, she's given a purple dress.



* TheLostLenore: Male example. Miss Pettigrew laments the loss of a man she loved in the first World War.



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Well, Delysia ''is'' played by Creator/AmyAdams...
** Except in her case, it's made clear that the character realizes her lifestyle is unsustainable, and that the public persona is largely a mask she uses to emotionally manipulate others. If anything, Miss Pettigrew is the character who helps others find their truest desires. Through calm, heart-to-heart discussions. The film has been called a female buddy flick for a reason.

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Well, Inverted. While Delysia ''is'' played by Creator/AmyAdams...
** Except in her case, it's made clear that
fits the character realizes profile and does liven up Miss Pettigrew's day through her lifestyle is unsustainable, and that the public persona is largely a mask she uses to emotionally manipulate others. If anything, enthusiasm - it's instead Miss Pettigrew is the character who helps others find their truest desires. Through calm, improves other people's lives. She does so through calm heart-to-heart discussions. The film chats, and it's ultimately Delysia who has been called a female buddy flick for a reason.more character growth.



** [[IThoughtItMeant "Oh, you]] [[DoubleEntendre noticed?"]]

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** --> [[IThoughtItMeant "Oh, you]] [[DoubleEntendre noticed?"]]



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Lee Pace can't quite manage to maintain a consistent English accent. Frances [=McDormand=] fares much better.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Lee Pace can't quite manage to maintain a consistent Pace's English accent. accent slips a few times, usually when he has to pronounce a word like 'last'. Frances [=McDormand=] fares much better.better.
* PairTheSpares: It's implied that [[spoiler: Charlotte will marry Phil, tying up that loose end]].
17th Jul '16 4:02:36 AM DoctorNemesis
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* HypocriticalHumor: Delysia, a woman with two lovers and a further suitor, on the subject of men suspecting women of having affairs: "Men can be so untrusting! I have no idea why."

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* HypocriticalHumor: Delysia, a woman with two lovers and a further suitor, speaking on the subject of men suspecting women of having affairs: affairs to another woman with adulterous tendencies: "Men can be so untrusting! I have no idea why."
17th Jul '16 3:59:47 AM DoctorNemesis
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* HypocriticalHumor: Delysia, on the subject of men suspecting women of having affairs: "Men can be so untrusting! I have no idea why."

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* HypocriticalHumor: Delysia, a woman with two lovers and a further suitor, on the subject of men suspecting women of having affairs: "Men can be so untrusting! I have no idea why."
22nd Mar '16 11:42:48 PM SirFrederick
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* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: More Rich Suitor, Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor; the choice is between club owner Nick, theatre producer Philip, and poor pianist Michael.

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* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: More Rich Suitor, Rich Well-Connected Suitor, Poor Suitor; the choice is between club owner Nick, theatre producer Philip, and poor pianist Michael.



* UpperClassTwit: Phil.

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* UpperClassTwit: Phil.Phil Goldman is such an Upper Class Twit, don'cherknow, that the chaps at the Drones Club would say "He's laying it on a bit thick, what?" (In fact, given his status as the AmbiguouslyJewish son of a theatre producer - a very NouveauRiche profession - it's most likely all an act.)


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* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Delysia realises the awfulness of jilting Michael to marry Phil for his theatre connections when Nick, of all people, expresses his admiration of her ruthlessness... and makes clear that he expects her to carry on as his lover nonetheless.
10th Jan '16 5:20:09 AM RushLimborg
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* TheCutie: Yes, Delysia is a shameless heartbreaker and can be less than honest with her men. She is also highly charming, playful, fun-loving, sweet, and downright ''adorable''.
20th Oct '15 6:16:52 PM MetropolisGal2
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A 2008 film based on a 1938 book by Winifred Watson and starring Frances [=McDormand=], Creator/AmyAdams, Lee Pace and [[Creator/CiaranHinds Ciarán Hinds]]. It is set in London, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, and follows a spectacular day in the life of an English nanny.

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A 2008 film based on a 1938 book by Winifred Watson and starring Frances [=McDormand=], Creator/AmyAdams, Lee Pace Creator/LeePace Creator/MarkStrong and [[Creator/CiaranHinds Ciarán Hinds]]. It is set in London, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, and follows a spectacular day in the life of an English nanny.
27th Dec '14 2:48:50 PM Katya0133
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* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: Edythe finds Miss Pettigrew and Joe together, having a serious conversation. Edythe assumes that Miss P. has ratted her out to Joe, and says as much, while also telling Joe a secret that Miss P. has been trying to hide. (Miss P. and Joe were actually discussing WWI and [[ItMakesSenseInContext socks]].) Not only does Joe not care about Miss P.'s secret, he's happy to hear Edythe confess the truth about [[YourCheatingHeart her behavior]].

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* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: Edythe finds Miss Pettigrew and Joe alone together, having a serious conversation. Edythe assumes that Miss P. has ratted her out to Joe, and says as much, while also telling Joe a secret that Miss P. has been trying to hide. (Miss P. and Joe were actually discussing WWI and [[ItMakesSenseInContext socks]].) Not only does Joe not care about Miss P.'s secret, he's happy to hear Edythe confess the truth about [[YourCheatingHeart her behavior]].
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