"In response to the last entry by Ken, I disapgree. Mamma Mia was a joyful, if at times silly and exuberant, entertainment. The film version of Miss Pettigrew scantly resembles the book. The sets were over done. Delysia's flat with that horrendous Victorian kitchen was not at all how it was described in the book. The biggest travesty in my mind is how the film gutted out the essential quality of the book and that has to do with KINDNESS. Miss Pettigrew encounters int he course on one day a panoply of characters, theatrical, vaguely debauched, somewhat bohemian, but all kind. It is the kindness that touches Miss Pettigrew. Something she never encountered among the genteel bourgeoisie she worked for. Miss LaFosse and her coterie embrace Miss Pettigrew to their bosom and Miss Pettigrew learns to eschew the tight-assed hypocritical sanctity of middle-class morality. The film does not get this at all. The characters are collectively unpleasant, selfish, crass and vulgar. One doesn't care about them. Even Miss Pettigrew is reduced to some bag lady who is prepared to eat an apple core off the street."