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View from the Top (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  21 March 2003 (USA)
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A small-town woman tries to achieve her goal of becoming a flight attendant.

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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

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language/sexual references | See all certifications »
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21 March 2003 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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Donna reads a flight attendant job op brochure whose cover spells "Marriott" Hotel with just one "t." See more »

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Donna Jensen: Sally always said, life is a series of arrivals and departures.
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No frills flying experience
29 October 2004 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Middle of the road comedy about the dreams and experiences of a small-town girl (Gwyneth Paltrow) who longs to be an international flight attendant.

Another forgettable comedy with (supposedly) high-powered talent that seems to be unused. Gwyneth does have a good comedic presence, and she looks good in the skimpy outfits, what with her lean, leggy body and all.

But it's all just light fluffy trek. The movie struggles to even fill its 87 minutes with substance. Basically just girl from small town, longing for high life and glamour, trials and tribulations achieving her goals, and final realization that love and home are really what cranks. My, my, original indeed.

Yes, Gwyneth is OK, not totally sleepwalking through this role. She obviously needs to be stretched artistically, though. The supporting cast don't provide much. Mike Myers' cross eyed instructor provides a few laughs, but seems mostly like an overplayed Saturday Night Live character.

Candice Bergen seems settled into these time-killer comedies, and that is her prerogative. As the grand damme of flight attendants, she does get a couple of humorous lines, and her lispy, stilted, staccato, deliberate vocal delivery is always funny to me.

5/10 because I did laugh a few times. When it's not funny though, it's not much.


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