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."
    • There's the bittersweet parting between Guinevere and Delysia where they realise that they'll never see each other again most likely. But Guinevere assures her she'll never forget their day together - and she's clearly proud of Delysia for making the right choice.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Delysia desires to be a famous actress and ends the movie leaving for New York to be with Michael. Fast forward ten years and Amy Adams collected five Oscar nominations and became one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood.
  • 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". It clearly pains Delysia to sing such a song when she's still heartbroken over Michael. It morphs into a Heartwarming Moment as, through the course of the song, she realises she does love him.
    • 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 describing The Lost Lenore she lost during the war; she says he didn't make very much money but he loved her and "had a lovely smile, and we could have built a life on that."
  • 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.