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Uneven comedy-drama has sweet and funny moments amongst the silliness...
Unremarkable but pleasant-enough fluff has Gwyneth Paltrow pulling a Bridget Fonda, playing hick cashier in Nevada who gets inspiration from a celebrity airline hostess and takes to the skies. Occasionally overbearing comedy-romance about flight attendants has Paltrow in unusually silly spirits; her role isn't realistic, of course, but it's a lot of fun watching her go through the ropes, gaining self-confidence and making friends. The romance with Mark Ruffalo is never in the way and provides a nice capper at the end. Film begins skittishly, but it too gains confidence and composure, despite too many hams in the supporting cast and an overabundance of what appear to be costume designs from the early 1970s (yet the film takes place in the present day). Not a big success, but perhaps an entertainingly minor one. **1/2 from ****
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