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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.

Director:

Bruno Barreto

Writer:

Eric Wald
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Donna Jensen
Christina Applegate ... Christine Montgomery
Mark Ruffalo ... Ted Stewart
Candice Bergen ... Sally Weston
Joshua Malina ... Randy Jones (as Josh Malina)
Kelly Preston ... Sherry
Rob Lowe ... Co-Pilot Steve Bench
Mike Myers ... John Witney
Marc Blucas ... Tommy Boulay
Stacey Dash ... Angela Samona
Jon Polito ... Roy Roby
Concetta Tomei ... Mrs. Stewart
Robyn Peterson ... Donna's Mom
Nadia Dajani ... Paige
John Francis Daley ... Rodney
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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

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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 »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A View from the Top See more »

Filming Locations:

Bullhead City, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,600,000, 23 March 2003

Gross USA:

$15,614,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,526,014
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2.35 : 1
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, and Kelly Preston wear clothes from Betsey Johnson, Moschino, Diane von Fürstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, along with vintage pieces from Versace and others. Donna's (Paltrow's) yellow coat is Chanel. See more »

Goofs

Donna is walking through an airport terminal and sees two other flight attendants from her airline. They both salute her using their right hands, but she returns their salute using her left hand. Of course this could be because Donna is pulling her suit case with her right hand leaving her left hand free to salute. See more »

Quotes

Donna Jensen: I just worry if I really fall in love with Ted, what's going to happen to everything I've worked so hard for?
Randy: OK, fine, don't fall in love with him.
Donna Jensen: That's kinda where I'm having the problem.
Randy: It just takes willpower, is all. I mean, you didn't fall in love with me, did you?
Donna Jensen: You're gay.
Randy: But, it still took willpower, didn't it?
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15 seconds were cut prior to release from a flight attendant training scene in which Mike Myers made a joke about what to do during a terrorist situation. See more »

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Not a Spectacular Sight
22 March 2003 | by jessiedSee 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.


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