Amy Adams must enjoy fairy tales - this is the second one in which she has appeared during the last six months. Although Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day differs substantially in many key areas from Enchanted, both movies are anchored by Adams, whose beauty, charisma, and infectious energy make them compulsively watchable. Miss Pettigrew is a female buddy movie frosted with elements of whimsy and a little romance. Its setting of London during the latter years of the Great Depression allows its fanciful edge to meld with a bittersweet element of nostalgia. (Odd how one of the most widespread periods of human suffering during the 20th century has been romanticized over the years.) Miss Pettigrew is a feel-good production that strives and succeeds to put smiles on the faces of its viewers.
As fairy tales go, this one is a little more "adult" than Enchanted. While there's no profanity or violence (or indeed anything radically inappropriate for younger viewers), there are a few well-placed sexual innuendos, some coy nudity by Adams, and a brief butt shot courtesy of Tom Payne, who shows common sense in covering up quickly. Still, it's all pretty tame stuff by today's standards. In the end, Miss Pettigrew comes across feeling a little like Cinderella, although it's difficult to figure out whether the movie's title character is more appropriately linked to the girl who wore the glass slipper or the fairy godmother who made the whole thing possible. Maybe a little of both.
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