Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

2008 PG-13 1h 32m DVD

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

2008 PG-13 1h 32m DVD
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When her gruff demeanor costs her yet another nanny position, desperate Guinevere Pettigrew lands a job as the assistant of an aspiring American actress and soon gets swept up in a dizzying world of glamour and high society.
Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Lee Pace, Ciarán Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Tom Payne, Mark Strong, Clare Clifford, Sarah Kants, Christina Cole
Bharat Nalluri
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

Lots of sexual innuendo doled out in witty repartee; a woman walks into a bedroom and finds a man naked under a sheet (there's an oblique reference to his erection, though that word isn't used); Delysia swoons over her "passionate" suitors; at one point, she steps out of a bath and prances around naked except for a towel that covers her front (the side of her body from shoulder to legs is visible, but no sensitive bits); she also walks around in lingerie; another woman cheats on her boyfriend and is witnessed kissing another man.


A fistfight breaks out in a nightclub, and a man punches another with glee. World War II looms over the entire proceedings as bombers fly over London.


Squeaky clean, except for "hell" and "damn," which one character says doesn't really count as swearing anyway.

Social Behavior

An ambitious woman is poised to throw away the love of her life to achieve stardom; she juggles three suitors (without telling any of them about the others) -- one for connections, another for the thrill, and a third for love. Nevertheless, she's sweet and warm and helps Miss Pettigrew out of her shell. And in the end, love triumphs.


Signage for the Savoy Hotel; mention of a lingerie store; Miss Pettigrew and Delysia go shopping.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cocktails flow easily and often; some social smoking (accurate for the period).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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