MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,919 this week

View from the Top (2003)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  21 March 2003 (USA)
5.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 17,629 users   Metascore: 27/100
Reviews: 138 user | 86 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

A small-town woman tries to achieve her goal of becoming a flight attendant.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 17 Feb 2012
 
V
a list of 22 titles
created 27 Feb 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 23 Sep 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 07 Apr 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "View from the Top" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: View from the Top (2003)

View from the Top (2003) on IMDb 5.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of View from the Top.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two business rivals hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.

Director: Nora Ephron
Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young woman with a Southern background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas
27 Dresses (2008)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister's side as her sibling marries the man she's secretly in love with.

Director: Anne Fletcher
Stars: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman
The Holiday (2006)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A small-town girl wins a date with a male celebrity through a contest. When the date goes better than expected, a love triangle forms between the girl, the male celebrity, and the girl's best friend.

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace
Runaway Bride (1999)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack
Hitch I (2005)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

While helping his latest client woo the fine lady of his dreams, a professional "date doctor" finds that his game doesn't quite work on the gossip columnist with whom he's smitten.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A man and a woman are compelled, for legal reasons, to live life as a couple for a limited period of time. At stake is a large amount of money.

Director: Tom Vaughan
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date's worst nightmare.

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a woman's long-time friend says he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself... and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.

Director: P.J. Hogan
Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Randy Jones (as Josh Malina)
...
...
...
...
Tommy Boulay
...
...
Roy Roby
...
Mrs. Stewart
...
Donna's Mom
...
Paige
...
Rodney
Edit

Storyline

Donna Jensen was raised literally and figuratively on the wrong side of the trailer park in Silver Springs, Nevada. She always believed it was her destiny to get out of Silver Springs. After reading Sally Weston's book, Sally who is arguably the most famous now ex-flight attendant in the world, Donna believes the path to leaving Silver Springs is to become a flight attendant despite never having been on an airplane. After an initial bumpy start to this career, Donna shows a natural flair for the job, so much so that she applies to work for world class Royal Airlines, where Sally Weston mentors. After meeting Donna, Sally believes Donna is destined for flight attendant greatness, namely working first class in the New York-Paris flights. Donna believes in herself as a flight attendant, but has to overcome some obstacles, including flight attendant trainer John Witney, who has some hidden anger issues, and her friend Christine Montgomery who also wants to be a great flight attendant ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't stop till you reach the top. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language/sexual references | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A View from the Top  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$114,257 (South Africa) (17 October 2003)

Gross:

$396,628 (South Africa) (14 November 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In John Whitney's office were photos of Mike Myers (who's character was cross eyed) with celebrities: Sammy Davis Jr., Marty Feldman and Peter Falk. All of these actors had eye problems. See more »

Goofs

Donna is flipping through her mail, which is addressed to her with an address of Cleveland OH 44054. However, 44054 is not a Cleveland zip code. It corresponds to Sheffield Lake, which is a suburb of nearby Lorain OH. See more »

Quotes

John Whitney: You put the wrong em-PHA-sis on the wrong syl-LA-ble.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Special Thanks to Peter Falk See more »


Soundtracks

Unchained Melody
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret
Courtesy of Polygram Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not a Spectacular Sight
22 March 2003 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Director Bruno Barreto's A View from the Top is hardly a sight worth seeing. Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike Myers, Candice Bergen, Christina Applegate, Kelly Preston, Rob Lowe, and a handful of other recognizable faces round out this eclectic, all-star cast burdened by screenwriter Eric Wald's lackluster script. Pacing problems, hit-and-miss dialogue, and an overly didactic ending keep this film from getting off the ground. The picture has a few original, well-written and well-acted scenes, but the key word is `few' and there certainly aren't enough lovable or laughable moments to deem this insipid film a romantic comedy.

Donna (Paltrow)--an intelligent and ambitious young woman trapped in her tiny hometown of Silver Springs, Nevada--hits rock bottom when her high-school sweetheart breaks up with her in a birthday card. She quits her job and heads to the bar, but as she tosses her optimistic paper reminders into the garbage can, Sally (Bergen) speaks to her over the television screen. She deserves to make her dreams a reality. Silver Springs is not her destiny. Sally started out as a small-town girl, but she found fame and fortune--and it all started with her decision to become an airline stewardess. Donna buys Sally's book--a text she deems the Bible of airline etiquette--and within no time she interviews with a local commuter line, squeezes into her form-enhancing synthetic leather uniform, and learns how to fly by the motto, `Big hair, short skirts, and service with a smile.' The hilarious `We're gonna crash!' sequence is short and simple, but definitely the highlight of the entire film. Pretentious stewardesses from a more sophisticated airline inspire Donna to reach greater career heights, and she decides to interview for a place in the Royalty Airlines trainee program.

The interview eventually leads to acceptance into the program that ultimately allows Donna to travel the world as she encounters plenty of difficult decisions, unfortunate revelations, and plenty of heartache along the way. The interview also introduces the film's only steadfast source of humor--John Whitney (Myers). Myers continues his reign as a king of comedy by demonstrating how to turn mediocre material into majestic material. Whitney's lazy eye is cheap, physical humor, but Myers uses the abnormality to create a rich and engaging steward who aced his trainee program final but was never allowed to fly because of the required eye exam. His facial expressions, mannerisms, articulation, and speech patterns atone for all of the weaknesses inherent to his character, and Myers' personal style and improvisation attest to his incredible comedic ability. None of the actors had much to work with, but Myers proves something can be made out of nothing and leaves the rest of the mildly to greatly talented cast members looking like a bunch of amateurs.

Unlike other recent romantic-comedy disasters, A View from the Top resonates with its audiences on certain levels. The film inaccurately portrays all of the airline stewardesses as young, beautiful twenty-to-thirty-something women--with the exception one effeminate, gay steward--and secures other fallible small-town stereotypes, but comedies thrive on generalities whether they are current or dated and so Ward should not be criticized on account of the misrepresentations. One should also note that he includes themes that help spectators identify with the characters: he highlights the humorous nature of serious triviality in many of the training scenes, exposes the fallacy of the `cheaters never win' axiom, shows that success doesn't happen over night, and bravely counters current social ideology by suggesting that a simple life with a significant other is preferable to an unpredictable and exciting life alone. Attempts to connect with audience members were commendable and Myers is unforgettable, but too many other flaws keep this film from taking flight.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Am I the only person who loves this movie? torirallen
it wasnt THAT bad.... tinasparklesau
Gwyneth Not A Fan of Movie luckyunicorn
WHY IS THIS MOVIE SO BAD? grekai
Why is this movie unfairly trashed on? orangerunner
Horrible SugaSweetSymphny
Discuss View from the Top (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?