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6/10
Uneven comedy but has its fun moments
SnoopyStyle12 April 2014
Donna Jensen (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a trailer park girl from Silver Springs, Nevada. She follows the example of famous flight attendant Sally Weston (Candice Bergen) and gets a job. Her first flight with Sherry (Kelly Preston) is quite eventful as she has never flew. After awhile, she even got her own trainee Christine Montgomery (Christina Applegate). After seeing flight attendants from better airlines, she convinces both Christine and Sherry to apply to Royalty Airlines. They encounter trainer John Witney (Mike Myers) with a wonky eye. After getting the job, Donna is shocked to get only a commuter line to Cleveland while clueless Christine gets the prime route to Paris. Also there is the boyfriend Ted Stewart (Mark Ruffalo).

It's a clunky uneven comedy. Sometimes it works. It just has a tough time maintaining one specific tone. Is it wild and wacky? Or is it more subtle? Gwyneth Paltrow isn't a natural in over the top humor. It's not the worst idea to have a female led wild comedy. I wish the movie kept to either that or a rom-com or something less outlandish or more heartwarming drama. There are some fun moments but there needs to be more of them.
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5/10
Uneven comedy-drama has sweet and funny moments amongst the silliness...
moonspinner5513 March 2006
Pleasant if unremarkable fluff has Gwyneth Paltrow pulling a Mira Sorvino, playing a hick-town cashier in Nevada who is inspired by a celebrity airline hostess and takes to the skies. Middling 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. Her sweet relationship with Mark Ruffalo never gets in the way of the comedy and provides a nice capper at the end. Film begins skittishly, though it, too, gains confidence and composure despite 'scene-stealing' hams in the supporting cast and an abundance of what appears to be costume designs from the 1970s (yet the film takes place in the present day). Not a big success, but a minor enjoyment. ** from ****
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Nicely entertaining movie, she wants to be an international airline stewardess.
TxMike16 August 2014
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I came across this movie on Netflix streaming movies.

Gwyneth Paltrow stars as Donna Jensen, small town girl who never was given much encouragement. Then one day she learns about a new book, written by a successful airline stewardess, and she decides that is what she wants to be. Even though she has never flown before.

The first funny scene comes in her very first assignment with a small local airline that shuttles gamblers to/from casinos. With apparently no training, as they take off she starts to scream that the plane is going to crash, they are all going to die, as the puzzled passengers look on.

But getting over that hurdle, she settles in but isn't satisfied. Then she learns about openings for a large airline. Her training is made funny by Mike Myers as crooked eye John Witney, who was directing training. Eventually Donna is accepted but due to very marginal test scores was relegated to a commuter airline based in Cleveland.

Her good friend and fellow stewardess is Christina Applegate as the dumb kleptomaniac Christine Montgomery who gets one of the prime jobs. This puzzles Donna until the actual tests are checked, it is discovered that Christine changed the I.D. codes on the tests, basically stealing Donna's high scores for herself.

Mark Ruffalo is good as the love interest Ted Stewart. And Candice Bergen is good as Sally Weston, the stewardess who wrote the book that inspired Donna.

SPOILERS: After Donna got everything straightened out and the international job she wanted, it made it hard for her and Ted to make a god of their romance. So, as the movie ends, we see a plane taking off with Donna in the pilot seat, she now was flying out of Cleveland.
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9/10
View from Top-Successful Career Isn't the Only Thing ***1/2
edwagreen18 August 2012
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The idea that a young girl from a dysfunctional Nevada home attains success and happiness in her role as a stewardess, despite being betrayed by her alleged best friend marks this 2003 film. It's the old story that love counts as well.

Gwyneth Paltrow is perfectly cast as that girl. Success comes her way, but in the process she gives up boyfriend, Mark Ruffalo.

This kind of picture will always come along with the element of good advice; in this case, given by Candice Bergen who looks as charming as ever.

Happiness must include your personal life as well.
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4/10
Far too messy and unfunny for a comedy.
Boba_Fett11383 September 2007
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For the first part the movie isn't really going anywhere. It however then soon becomes obvious that this movie is turning into a romantic comedy. It however also means that the movie starts to become more and more predictable, since everything is done very formulaic. Even though its a romantic comedy, the romantic aspects of the movie don't really play the central role in the movie. For big parts in the movie the Mark Ruffalo character isn't even features, which doesn't exactly help to make the love-story believable. There also isn't that much chemistry between Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow. I found it hard to believe that a girl like Paltrow would ever fall for a guy like Ruffalo. In the beginning he still seems like a cool guy but later on he suddenly for some reason turns into a complete- and boring dorky sort of person.

The movie doesn't ever flow well. For too long the movie basically lies still when it isn't heading toward one clear direction and the characters and situations aren't interesting and strong enough to keep your interest. It's the reason why the movie feels messy, since it makes it seem that the makers and actors had no idea what direction to head to with this movie.

It's also one of those comedies that isn't really a comedy at all, meaning that it has no laughs in it or great comical situations. The dialog also restrain the actors and situations from being funny. Basically the only comical highlight of the movie is the small Mike Myers role. You know something is very wrong with a comedy when the highlight of the movie is a extended cameo from a well known comedy actor. Gwyneth Paltrow is a great actress but she doesn't suit this genre. Basically in my opinion she's far too good and therefor also too serious and makes it hard to buy her in a comedy.

This movie seems to have done a world record attempt at putting as many songs as possible into one movie, without having a suiting soundtrack of its own and a record attempt putting as many and as short as possible short skirts into one movie. '60's movies don't even have this many- and short skirts in it. Not to sound like a feminist or anything but I found it to be pretty offensive toward women. Also can't believe Gwyneth Paltrow, who is an highly respected actress, agreed to this!

Like I said before, the acting is good from Gwyneth Paltrow but not really right for a comedy type of movie. Christina Applegate is great in her role but for some reason her role isn't really that big, even though he character plays a big part in the movie its story. The older she gets, the better her acting skills. She shows that she's a great and capable comedy actress, without ever having to fall back to her best known and breakthrough big comedy role in the hit-series "Married with Children". Basically the same goes for Kelly Preston, who also gets featured far too little in the movie. Besides Mike Myers, also Rob Lowe makes a small appearance. But why? Perhaps it was Mike Myers doing? He seems to serve no purpose in the movie, even though I was preparing myself for a big role from him in this movie, after he made his first (and only) appearance. His character seemed to be relevant but in the end it served no purpose at all and it was nothing more than just a cameo. Also other well known actors have a small cameo in this movie, such as George Kennedy, whose cameo is obviously referring to his 'Airport' movies past.

The ending is far too abrupt. They just kiss up and everything is OK? We're just supposed to assume that they'll live happily ever after, though not much in this movie indicates that they really will. Yes, I know these sort of movies are supposed to end with a fluffy and sappy ending but it's just not a satisfying and relieving enough closure for the movie.

Really, can't think of much reason why you should ever watch this movie.

4/10

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An oddity
neil-47613 April 2012
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View From The Top tells the story of Donna (Gwyneth Paltrow) who sees air-hostessing as a means of leaving her hick small town and seeing the world: on the way, she discovers some home truths.

This strange little film is a romantic comedy without much romance or comedy (apart from Mike Myers doing one of his less amusing schticks). It is a small film with a strong cast (a distinct cut above the material), lots of bright colours, lots of attractive women in short skirts, bikinis and bare midriffs, and an air of niceness to it.

It doesn't make you laugh, although it does make you smile. It's quite nicely performed (particularly by Christina Applegate and Candice Bergen), but it leaves you with an air of, "Oh. So what?" The strongest recommendation I can give it is to say that it's not unpleasant.
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6/10
A Look at Paltrow the Flight Attendant.
anaconda-4065825 May 2015
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A View From the Top (2003): Dir: Bruno Barreto / Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, Mark Ruffalo, Mike Myers: Worthwhile comic drama about the climb to success. It stars Gwyneth Paltrow who dreams of becoming a first class international flight attendant. She ends up having to choose between her current relationship or moving up. By the conclusion her success does not overrule her heart. Detailed background with Paltrow's childhood then she deals with betrayal as awful truths indicate that her test scores were higher. Directed by Bruno Barreto who made the superior romantic comedy Bossa Nova. He successfully gives insight into the pursuit of a career as a flight attendant and the hard work to succeed in such an occupation. Paltrow delivers an excellent performance as a woman set on her goals but the outcome choice isn't surprising. Christina Applegate plays her best friend who steals and ultimately sacrifices her friendship and reputation. Candice Bergen is standard as an author whose book inspires Paltrow. Mark Ruffalo is also flat as Paltrow's boyfriend who is basically there to provide her with a dilemma. Mike Myers steals moments as an instructor and adds comic elements that elevate the film a notch. Although more dramatic than funny with its share of narrative problems, it does showcase hard work being rewarded. Score: 6 ½ / 10
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6/10
Eye candy full of Barbie dolls
HotToastyRag5 October 2020
If you think Gwyneth Paltrow is beautiful (and who doesn't?), you'll probably want to catch her in View from the Top, a quirky comedy about becoming a stewardess. This movie takes place in the former world of glitz and glamour, and only ladies who were tall and thin and looked like Barbie dolls were allowed to serve peanuts and sodas on airplanes. So, naturally, Gwyneth thinks she's got an easy ride to the top!

She starts out in a hick town in Nevada, wanting to get away from her family and rise above how she grew up. Flying around and seeing the world sounds glamorous, especially when inspired by former stewardess Candice Bergen, so she joins a training school with Christine Applegate and Kelly Preston - beautiful girls who also look like Barbies!

An interesting aspect of the movie is showing the education behind becoming a flight attendant. We don't usually think about it, but they have to be trained in all sorts of things. Mike Myers plays the one-eyed, kooky instructor, and he puts these girls through the ringer! The other gents in the movie are Mark Ruffalo, Marc Blucas, and Rob Lowe. This movie's a bit offbeat, but it's still fun.
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5/10
Royalty Express rather than First Class International
JamesHitchcock24 April 2009
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There a time when a "Best Actress" Oscar was a sign that you had arrived, that you were now officially recognised as a serious actress who henceforward would star in serious films. I cannot, for example, imagine such previous recipients of the honour as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor or Meryl Streep appearing in something like "View from the Top". Gwyneth Paltrow clearly takes a different view of her career progression. According to her interpretation, the duties of an Oscar winner include (apart from giving a confused, rambling and lachrymose acceptance speech) starring in a sexy dolly-bird role in some lightweight bubblegum picture, presumably in order to show the world that you still have a sense of humour and do not take yourself too seriously. (See also Halle Berry, who celebrated her Oscar win by becoming a Bond girl).

The film is sometimes described as a romantic comedy, but unlike most rom-coms it concentrates far more on the girl than on the boy. Donna Jensen is a young woman from a small town who sets out to fulfill her dream of becoming an air hostess. Her first job is with a small, ultra-low-cost airline operating on a wing and a prayer, but she later applies for a job with the upmarket Royalty Airlines and is accepted on their training programme. She seems at first to be making good progress, but after receiving a disappointingly low score in her final exam fails to achieve the assignment she had been hoping for to an international route. Instead, she is assigned to domestic routes out of Cleveland, Ohio for Royalty Express, the firm's budget subsidiary. In the airline world, it would appear, some jobs are regarded as more prestigious than others- First Class is better than Standard Class, international routes are better than domestic ones and no-frills budget flights are the lowest of the low.

A sub-plot concerns Donna's rivalry with her bitchy, dishonest colleague Christine Montgomery. Eventually Christine is sacked from the airline for stealing and Donna discovers the reason for her low score in the test- Christine cheated by switching Donna's paper with her own. Donna is allowed to take the test again and scores top marks, following which she is assigned to the most prestigious route of all- First Class, International, Paris. It is interesting to note that even though a sizable proportion of the American population have recently taken to jeering at France as a nation of "cheese-eating surrender monkeys", Hollywood still persists with its traditional cultural cringe towards all things French. This is one of a number of recent films- others include "Revolutionary Road" and "The Devil Wears Prada"- in which the French capital is depicted as the epitome of culture, far more stylish and sophisticated than any US city.

Despite her apparent success in achieving her dream, however, Donna is still not happy. Her switch to international routes has meant the break-up of her relationship with her boyfriend, Ted, who lives in Cleveland, and she realises that he means more to her than her job. She therefore abandons her job and returns to Cleveland, where they succeed in rekindling their romance. As in "The Devil Wears Prada", the moral is that success in one's love life is more important than success in one's career.

Paltrow herself described the film as a "terrible movie", suggesting that she only took the role for the money. (Apparently she is unable to survive on the miserable pittance she receives for more intellectual fare like "Sylvia"). Indeed, she also used a more earthy Anglo-Saxon term about it, although decency- and IMDb's automatic profanity detector- forbid a direct quotation. Actually, I have to disagree with her. I have seen plenty of really terrible films, and this is not one of them. There is little that is positively dreadful about it- the acting is of a reasonable standard and the storyline is fairly diverting. There are one or two amusing moments, like the laughs at the expense of the dreadful Sierra Airlines and Mike Myers' turn as the manic cross-eyed training instructor. Unfortunately, there is also not much about the film that is positively good- certainly, for example, nothing like Meryl Streep's brilliant performance in "The Devil Wears Prada", which saved that film from becoming no more than a glossier version of "View from the Top". The film is enjoyable enough while it lasts, but doesn't remain in the mind for very long afterwards. In the film's own terms it is not quite Sierra Airways, but definitely Royalty Express rather than First Class International. 5/10
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5/10
I think I smell a Razzie
=G=11 September 2003
"View From the Top" is all about "Stewardess Barbie" (Paltrow), a small town girl who wants to be a flight attendant more than anything except being in love with her "Ken" (Ruffalo). A romantic-comedy with precious little of either, this bowzer has Paltrow strutting her stuff through a bunch of has-beens, never-wases, and B-listers serving up hackneyed, trite, and cliche lines in what's little more than a long string of trailer moments. A barking flop, this flick never makes it off the ground thanks to the lack of talent in writing. Best saved for broadcast. It'll be there in a New York minute. (C)
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Hard to criticize...
MovieAddict20167 September 2003
Here's where being a film critic is tricky. This movie isn't really bad, it's actually worth seeing in some senses. It's less than 90 minutes long, which is a safe bet for a comedy. But it fails to deliver any laughs, it stumbles in its course and has some major flaws. As a film critic, my assignment is to tell the readers my humble opinion of whether a film is worth paying to see. In that regard, no, "View from the Top" is not recommended by me. I didn't even really enjoy it that much. It delivers nothing fresh. But I never checked my watch, I never felt like doing something else with my time. It is a harmless film, a good-natured, sappy one-laugh movie that isn't as clever as it thinks it is but still manages to be sublimely interesting in an odd fashion. It kept me interested, although there may be a difference between interested and entertained.

"View from the Top" has been in what filmmakers call "production hell" for quite some time. It finally was released only to bomb at the box office. I don't blame the public for ignoring it. It's sad to think that the funniest thing about "View from the Top" is that Mike Myers' co-star role as a weirdo airline employee is the highlight of the movie. Myers' cameo may be self-indulgent, but not nearly as much so as Adam Sandler's in "The Hot Chick." In fact, without Mike Myers, I would have given this movie an even lesser rating.

The movie is about airline stewardesses and their way to the top. This sounds like a dull subject because it is. This can hardly be stretched out into a long movie without becoming repetitive. But, in a sense, it isn't clichéd - there are no evil characters bent on the heroine's destruction, there aren't any sexually suggestive pilots hitting on the heroine. It's just a story about a woman trying to make it to the top. It will probably inspire and enthrall the younger crowds but leave older audiences unsure.

The film stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Donna Jensen, a small-town girl who dreams of leaving her country home and moving out into the real world. After reading an inspirational book about a flight stewardess who made her way to the top, Donna leaves home and joins a low-key airline service. Rob Lowe makes a cameo as the pilot but then disappears for the rest of the film. With the ads for the movie, you'd think he's a main character.

Donna meets up with Shelly (Kelly Preston) and another young stewardess played by Christina Applegate. They decide to join Royalty Airlines, but Donna's test results are switched and she ends up being turned down for a job at the airline by Frank Whitney (Mike Myers), who has a funny eye that turns inwards and in order to read he must go through crazy guestures.

This movie has sweet performances and sweet intentions, and comes off the way it wants to - sweet - but I can't bring myself to fully recommend you pay to see it. "View from the Top" isn't a particularly fine movie. It's watchable fluff, and the techniques the film use are not as clichéd as something like "Legally Blonde." But in the end, I realized I had barely laughed at anything. Perhaps clichés aren't always the things to avoid.

2.5/5 stars
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A gamut of garments
tieman647 December 2014
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"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." - Mark Twain

Gwyneth Paltrow and Christina Applegate are called upon to wear tight clothes in Bruno Barreto's "View From the Top". When they're not wearing tight clothes, they're wearing skimpy clothes. Sometimes they wear tight skimpy clothes. Competing with Paltrow and Applegate is actor Mark Ruffalo, who occasionally wears tight clothes, but mostly wears normal clothes.

"View from the Top" co-stars Mike Myers, who plays an abnormal character tasked with wearing fairly normal clothes. The film's plot, in which a small-towner harbours dreams of becoming a flight attendant, involves the presence of many other clothed characters. No character in the film is particularly interesting, nor are the clothes they wear, but it can be said, with some confidence, that they do indeed wear clothes.

6/10 – A film with clothes.
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6/10
fairly entertaining comedy romance
disdressed1215 July 2007
"View From The Top" is not too bad a movie.its about a small town girl who dreams of leaving small town life behind and seeing the world.she eventually becomes a stewardess and lives her dream(sort of).i won't say anything more about the plot.the movies is a sort of comedy romance.there are some amusing moments,to be sure.Gwyneth Paltrow plays Donna Jensen,the main character.Mike Myers has a small but funny role.Christina Applegate and Candice Bergen are also in the movie.generally,the movie is not that funny,but is is entertaining,and certainly not boring.oh,yeah,Mark Ruffalo plays the love interest and has limited screen time.anyway,if you go into this movie expecting to pee your pants laughing,you'll likely be disappointed.but if going in expecting some mildly amusing moments and a fairly entertaining story,then this movie should meet your expectations.i'll give "View From the Top" a 6/10.
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uneven though occasionally fun
Buddy-5126 June 2004
Bruno Barreto's `View From the Top' boasts a cute premise that doesn't quite live up to its potential. The film starts out in a satirical vein, promising to deliver a nifty spoof of life in the friendly skies. Instead, it settles into a typical romantic comedy formula, not bad as these things go, but nothing to write home about either. So while `View from the Top' never soars very high, neither does it end up crashing and burning. In this day and age, one must be grateful for a safe landing, even if the ride is a bumpy one.

Gwyneth Paltrow delivers a winning performance as Donna, a small town girl who becomes a stewardess as a way of escaping her dysfunctional family and white trash upbringing. The first part of the film is fun, as Donna earns her wings flying for a cut-rate airline whose attendants dress and act more like prostitutes than stewardesses. With their form-fitting, cleavage-exposing blouses, purple hot pants and big hair, these pleasantly perky hostesses look like they're ready to serve their passengers more than just the customary coffee, tea or milk. So far, so good - but once the girls move onto a more `legitimate' airline, much of the satiric bite drains out of the film and we move onto the more familiar terrain of catty rivalries, long distance romance, and unrequited love.

In addition to Paltrow, the movie features Christina Applegate, Rob Lowe, Candice Bergen and Mark Ruffalo in various roles. Mike Myers is surprisingly annoying in the part of a cross-eyed stewardess trainer. The screenplay by Eric Wald has a maddening tendency to drop characters along the way, giving the film a slapdash, unformed and oddly amateurish quality. As partial compensation, the film boasts superb production and costume design and a generally ebullient spirit.

`View From the Top' doesn't end up flying us anywhere special and it's definitely coach all the way, but it does serve up a few laughs in mid flight.
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Starts Funny But Gets Boring At The Romance Track
Chrysanthepop7 March 2008
It starts on a promising note as one might have expected a 'Legally Blonde' type comedy even though Gwyneth Paltrow does not exactly pull off the dumb blonde act as well as Reese Witherspoon. There's a lot of hilarious comedy as the characters of the hotties: Kelly Preston, Christina Applegate and Paltrow meet and befriend one another. However, things slow down and get boring once the film shifts to the Ruffalo-Paltrow romance track. Among the cast only Christina Applegate stands out as the bitchy jealous friend-turned rival (even though she's played similar roles in 'Married with Children' and 'Friends') while Paltrow does an alright job. Ruffalo plays the typical love-interest and he has done better in 'Just Like Heaven'. Somewhere in the latter half of the film there's a hilarious cat-fight between Applegate and Paltrow which was fun to watch and in the end we get a glimpse of some bloopers (many of which are uninteresting). 'View From The Top' is forgettable. Having seen the trailer, I expected something hilarious but alas!
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This movie got a bad rap...
MLDinTN21 March 2004
well, for being bad. After watching it, it was OK. It had some funny moments. Mike Myers was very funny as the flight instructer with a crosseye. And Candice Bergan had some good scenes. The whole vanilla plot between Donna and Ted was so generic. The whole romance with the lead actress having to choose job or guy, choosing job, only later to realize it was the guy she needed. So, she goes back for him. Now, that part was boring because it has been done a thousand times. The parts with Donna striving to become an international flight attendant are what is funny. How could you not laugh when Christine is slamming Donna's head into a loaf of bread. Also, those tight purple and pink outfits they had to wear on Sierra airlines was so ridiculous. And it has great music.

FINAL VERDICT: Much better than I thought it would be. It makes a good Saturday afternoon time killer.
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8/10
An Above Average, Entertaining Comedy
tabuno26 January 2019
31 March 2003. Gwyneth Paltrow plays a want a be airline stewardess with a delightful supporting cast of a Candice Bergen who gets to shine in a more sympathetic role than "Miss Congeniality," a brief part for Rob Lowe as a co-pilot who displays his usual strong support, and even Mike Myers who plays a somewhat toned down version of himself (so as to not take all the spotlight off Gwyneth Paltrow. This movie is an above average coming of age comedy because it diverges somewhat, especially in the beginning from the typical buddy-buddy movies with friends coming and going - more like in real life. The distribution of this movie during the beginnings of the war with Iraq, offers the audience some light relief, with a strong message of going for one's dreams with a word of caution. There is good advice in this movie while at the same time giving the audience entertainment. This lightweight but solid movie is fun, delightful, and a cut above the average comedy. Gwyneth Paltrow practically glows in this movie along with the cute outtakes during the credits. A risky role, but one that really allows Gwyneth to show her range from unrefined and innocent to suave and sophisticated - a depth many actresses have to stretch, but that Gwyneth just seems to flow right into. Eight out of ten stars.
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8/10
Delivers expectations. Gwyneth is perfect.
insomniac_rod3 March 2007
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This was the first movie I saw in 2006. I caught it op on SKY. To be honest, I was on those days that you want to have a mindless watch; you know, without using your brain that much and just enjoy popcorn fun.

But I'm glad to say that I got more than expected. The movie isn't great by any means but it serves for entertaining and making you smile. The story is tender and eventually displays how you can reach your dreams and ideals if you work very hard. Work and a positive mentality are the keys to success... of course, with Hollywood's style.

Meet Donna; your all American girl with blonde hair, long legs, and perfect smile. She's easy going, enjoys life's most simple details, and best of all, has great expectations about life. She has always dreamed about being a famous flight attendant but she lives in a small town that is very far from having decent job opportunities; but she never gives up and finally reaches her goal by performing a brilliant job application for a famous international airline. Well, it's not that easy because there's a confusion. You'll see. When she reaches her goal, she also realizes that love isn't something that happens very often so she picks up a past love interest and meets complete happiness.

Overall this is a good romantic/comedy. The performances are fine, fun, and likable. Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, and Mark Ruffalo deliver great performances. Gwyneth Paltrow does not needs to do much because she's perfect. Mike Myers delivers a weird performance and I think he was over the top but it does not affects the movie's tone. Sexy Kelly Preston also delivers a smooth performance. Overall, a good cast with great chemistry between them.

I completely recommend this movie if you are in the mood of watching romantic comedies with a happy ending. You will like it. Watch it with your girlfriend.

Oh, and Sophia Loell's "Utopia" is a catchy nice song. You see? you get more than expected.
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7/10
Mike Myers Outstanding!!!
jtindahouse8 September 2004
Another absolutely brilliant performance from Mike Myers! He and Jim Carrey have got to do a movie together one day because no one even if they were the most anti comedy person in the universe could turn down watching that. It would be fabulous. One of them on there own is good enough. But apart from Mike Myers role in the movie it lacked comedy and a real solid story line. They did how ever get the casting right with both Gwyneth Paltrow and Christina Applegate. I think that Christina's character should have been punished more for the cheating though. It seemed almost as if the writers agreed with what she did. All in all not a horrible movie and I would certainly disagree with what Gwyneth Paltrow's boyfriend at the time of the release of the movie called it "A view from my arse".
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4/10
This is supposed to be a comedy?
MBunge24 May 2011
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I don't know how on why this script got produced, but something nefarious or untoward had to be involved. Somebody had to get paid off, sucked off or drugged up because this screenplay is painfully obvious and even more painfully incompetent. While watching it, it felt like the story had started out as a spectacularly lame attempt at drama but after writer Eric Wald got rejected for the 538th time, he went back and tried to retrofit it as a comedy. That's a bad idea to begin with and it's made so much worse by Wald's near total lack of any sense of humor. There are only three overtly comedic characters in this whole thing. One is supposed to be funny because he's gay, one is supposed to be funny because she's a thieving skank and the other is supposed to be funny because he's cross-eyed. Such low-quality laughs can be acceptable, but not when they're in desperately short supply. For every 10 funny seconds here, there's at least 10 completely unfunny minutes.

Donna (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a small town girl with sort-of big time dreams. She wants to be a flight attendant, which is only a lofty goal if you grow up in a corrugated aluminum trailer with an ex-showgirl mom and a succession of loser stepdads. She starts out at a bargain basement airline that flies drunks and gamblers around Nevada, eventually making her way to the much more prestigious Royalty Airlines. But even though she's the best student in Royalty's flight attendant training school, when she graduates she's assigned to a commercial express flight out of Cleveland. Along the way Donna meets a boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) and her idol, world famous flight attendant and author Sally Westin (Candice Bergen).

You can probably guess what happens but just in case some unborn fetuses are reading this, Donna gets an opportunity to work the international flights to Paris and have the adventurous life of which she always dreamed. She can't really have that life and a boyfriend in Cleveland, so she has to choose. Unsurprisingly, she chooses one and then later on changes her mind and chooses the other. I think you know which is which.

It's not like View From The Top is badly made. The cast gives it the old college try, the director does what he can and the basic plot unfolds in a blunt yet logical fashion. There are just so many long stretches where there's nothing vaguely resembling a joke or even a humorous situation. If a comedy is genuinely funny, it can be outright terrible in a lot of other ways. This movie isn't actually that terrible, but it's barely funny at all.

Only watch this thing if you're going to be breathing laughing gas for the next 90 minutes.
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8/10
This was fluffy and fun with great costumes
juneebuggy11 February 2015
Ha, I really liked this movie. I can't particularly explain why except to say that it was fun, not completely clichéd and I guess I've always secretly wanted to be a flight attendant.

I enjoyed the story here for what it was, following a girl with dreams of leaving the trailer park and becoming a first class Flight attendant. And I actually got a kick out of Gweneth Paltrow in her role as the gung-ho student destined for flight attendant greatness. She really gives it her all. Her 1970's inspired clothing, hair and changing uniforms were also super entertaining.

A surprisingly decent cast attached to this; Mike Myers is hilarious as John the flight attendant trainer with dubious vision and hidden anger issues. Christina Applegate plays the backstabbing best friend with Kelly Preston, Rob Lowe as a pilot and Candice Bergen as Sally Weston the great mentor.

Ultimately this turns into a bit of a romantic comedy towards the end with 'Donna' having to choose between her dream of the first class run from New York to Paris or love with Mark Ruffalo. That's a tough choice actually. 8/21/13,
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7/10
nice View, but should have remained over The Top
RavenGlamDVDCollector18 March 2014
Warning: Spoilers
Word on the Net is that Ms Paltrow does not consider this one to be her crowning glory. Well, if this was her biggest mistake, then a fine life she has lead cause this can't be that hard to live with. Might I be allowed to dwell on mentioning that Gwyneth looks scrumptious in a skimpy bikini that according to the script is about to fall down, but sadly doesn't. Nice legs, hot body, and, ooh the hair! I loved the hair! But not the overly sophisticated $40 haircut when she went International, but the long, loose hair of the romantic scenes. By the way, I'm sure Mark Ruffalo can only sigh when he remembers he once held Gwyneth Paltrow in his arms. :) There is some excellent casting done in this movie, but none more so than that lovely little girl at the beginning of the movie, Chelsey Cole. She instantly gave the film a warm feel, and she fit in wonderfully, and I would like to believe that's exactly what a beautiful creature like Ms Paltrow looked like when she was a kid. Both Mike Meyers and Candice Bergen were great as well, but the fun casting was Christina Applegate, yeah baby!

The second half of this picture loses height like a DC-3 with a burning starboard engine. Somebody up there in the wild blue yonder should have realized that us little folk down here would enjoy the 'big hair, short skirts, big smiles, flying gamblers and drunks' bit a whole lot more, and the movie could rather have been about a seat-of- their- pants airline much like that forgotten old TV series FLY BY NIGHT. Rob Lowe would have been an excellent choice for that. Instead, as she realizes her ultimate dream, the whole look becomes boring, yawn- worthy. But all is not lost. She realizes her mistake, and the fox is soon totally hot again. That cockpit wink at the end of the movie has got to go down in cinematic history.

Great music too, by wonderful vibrant sexy-voiced talent including LeAnn Rimes, that really gives sparkle to the movie. That one, two, three bit during the plane lift-off scene was 100% perfect.

So, Gwyneth is ashamed of having appeared in this one? Why, my dear, this was such a great showcase for your beauty and charm. Don't worry, we know you are a serious actress, and this is just something much less creepy to remember you by than that one where your head ended up in a hat-box!
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Flies right through the middle, almost crashes.
Poseidon-322 March 2004
How best to describe this light piece of comedic fluff.........lame? trite? trivial? formulaic? That's a start. It's difficult to fault a film for not being important when all it aims to be is entertaining, yet this one is so predictable and by-the-numbers it almost seems like an afterthought or a recycled version of another story. Paltrow is a small-town chick working at Big Lots who decides, after seeing an interview on TV, to pursue the world of international stewardessing. She starts out at a puddle-jumping airline in the tackiest uniforms imaginable and then applies to a prestigious line at which her idol (Bergen) rose to the top of her field. Along the way she deals with a cross-eyed instructor (Myers) and a ditzy roommate (Applegate) and also falls in love with an earnest everyman (Ruffalo.) She finds herself achieving her goals, yet having to choose between the success of them and her heart. How original...... One problem with the film is that it has trouble finding its tone. Is it a knock-off Sandra Bullock romance-vehicle? A "Police Academy" type of farce? A "Legally Blonde" for the skies? It winds up as a stitched-together bit of nothing much, just barely attaining feature length. More disturbing than its predictability is it's primary message that the only way a woman can find real fulfillment is if she meets Mr. Right. So simplistically is this driven home that the passengers only begin to get ugly once she is in doubt about whether or not to keep her coveted position! What the film has going for it is a generally feel-good approach and a series of eye-popping costumes (though Paltrow doesn't even wear the one that's featured in the poster. It's donned by another character!) Myers routine is amusing at times, but wears thin surprisingly quickly. Preston appears briefly as a well-endowed fellow stewardess and gives a nice performance. Paltrow (who is irritatingly compared to Grace Kelly in the media) does an adequate, but unspectacular job, though she does wear the clothes fairly well. Ruffalo is refreshingly normal and Bergen is (thankfully) revealed to be a genuine character and not a surprise villainess. There are numerous factual errors throughout concerning both the flight industry and even Big Lots (grill departments and luggage departments that have someone running them?) Cameos include veteran "Airport" star George Kennedy and "Airplane II" star Chad Everett.
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3/10
You have to fly to crash...
Enchorde14 November 2005
... and since this movie never really took off, it can't crash, can it?

Recap: Little girl Donna lives in a small village in the outback and dreams of leaving. Big girl Donna is still in the village dreaming of leaving. And when seeing Sally Watson, a legendary flight attendant, on TV, she decides that her dream is to become the best flight attendant there is. Well, the local Sierra Airlines might not cut it, but its a place to start. Soon she leaves for Royalty Airlines and their training camp. But even if she is best in class, she gets a posting (punishment) on a commuter line. Something is wrong, and with her good connection with Sally Watson she decides to find out. But not before she met up with Ted, the guy that make her feel like she is home.

Comments: Stated to be a romantic comedy, or a comedy with romance, I don't know, but it got neither. It is not funny (not even the outtakes after the end are funny), with some few and far apart exceptions that valiantly try to put a smile on my face. And it's not very romantic either as Donna mostly flies around Cleveland, or to Paris and feeling sorry for herself. "Gosh, I miss Ted". And surprise (Did we see this coming? Yep we did, it was as subtle as a 747), she comes to the conclusion that her dream is not to be flight attendant on the international flights, but to be with her man, and true love. The end.

It did have two good features though. One, there was a scene to show the passing of time in the never ending circus of international flights, we are put in her room, spinning around and watching her arrive, sleep and leave. Nice work, good scene. And two. The movie is short, so we can go on with our lives.

3/10
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4/10
Lacking Luster
aimless-4625 July 2005
Unless you are a preteen with flight attendant aspirations there is no good reason to see this movie. But here are some random thoughts anyway: The screenplay, written by a male film student, is so incredibly poor that this thing was doomed before it ever left pre-production. Better than average production and post-production could not salvage much, ironically less professional efforts in those area might have made the thing into an entertaining camp classic. The success in getting this produced should inspire other screen writing hacks to keep pounding away at their keyboards.

Candice Bergen is actually very good in this and shows traces of actual comedic acting talent. Christina Applegate is very good as is Joshua Molina. There are some funny Cleveland jokes. Ha Ha Gwyneth Paltrow is horribly miscast, her accent is fine but she just flat out can't do this style of comedy (contrast this with her nice underplayed comedic performance in "Running With Sissors") . During most of her screen time I kept being reminded of Maria Sharapova, it was as if Maria had accidentally gotten her face caught in a steel forging machine, permanently bending it at slightly unflattering angles. Poor Maria.

Michael Myers is staggeringly bad-almost beyond belief bad. Just a step away from being so bad that it would be camp funny.
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