YMMV / Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: "I have been looking for you all night... and, I believe, all of my life."
  • Les Yay: Teased between Guinevere and Delysia; at one point Delysia kisses Guinevere on the lips. When Guinevere sees Delysia naked, she says, "You are beautiful."
  • Tearjerker: The song number "If I Didn't Care".
    • Also the quiet exchange between Miss Pettigrew and Joe, the oldest characters in the movie who lived through World War I, when the "young set" are pointing excitedly at the planes flying overhead:
    Guinevere: They don't remember the last one, do they.
    Joe: No. They don't.
    • Later, they watch the spotlights in the sky above the club, and ask each other if they lost anyone in the Great War.
    Joe: Damn near every school friend I had.
    • Guinevere and Delysia only knew each other for one day before Delysia and Michael left for New York.
  • Values Dissonance: 70 years passed between the writing of the book and the making of the movie. Consequently, when the movie came about, some of the sentiments expressed in the book (particularly about Jews and foreigners) had disappeared. It's not hard to see why. There remains some Deliberate Values Dissonance, mainly in that attitudes of the sexes about appropriate touching and honesty between genders.