American Lee Pace, from TV's Pushing Daisies, manages not one but several creditable English accents, sometimes unfortunately all in the same sentence, but whose emotional depth shows up this ball of fluff as insubstantial. Forgettable.
I adore Frances McDor mand, but she's seri ously miscast -- in a title role Emma Thompson could play in her sleep -- in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, an uneasy blend of screwball comedy and pathos set in 1939 London.
Director Bharat Nalluri tries to goose the bedroom farce with swing music, heavy on the brushes and clarinet, and the blossoming romance between the frumpy Pettigrew and an urbane fashion designer seems willfully ignorant of British class codes.
This flat-footed screwball period piece is aimed at the 'art house' crowd, which means it must take itself seriously, which means it must stop dead in its tracks to address the waste of war, and so on...