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View from the Top (2003)



Critic Consensus: Uneven in tone and badly edited, A View From the Top wastes the talents of its cast and condescends to its characters.

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Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barreto directs this comic look at the world of flight attendants starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Donna, a small town Nevada woman who dreams of seeing the world by becoming a first class international stewardess. Lacking the requisite poise and class, Donna finds a mentor in retired trade veteran Sally (Candice Bergen), a wealthy, best-selling author who assists with advice and her considerable influence. Despite Sally's help, Donna finds the process of fulfilling her career ambitions more difficult than she imagined when she's betrayed by a trusted friend (Christina Applegate) during flight training, a daunting course taught by the bitter John Whitney (Mike Myers), a once-aspiring steward whose eye condition kept him forever out of the friendly skies. Donna also faces a romantic crisis when she falls for a handsome law student (Mark Ruffalo) whose education consigns him to Ohio, far away from the major urban hubs Donna dreams of working. A View from the Top (2002) costars Rob Lowe, Josh Malina, Kelly Preston and Jon Polito.

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Gwyneth Paltrow
as Donna Jensen
Christina Applegate
as Christine Montgomery
Mark Ruffalo
as Tim Stewart
Candice Bergen
as Sally Weston
Mike Myers
as John Whitney
Marc Blucas
as Tommy Boulay
Rob Lowe
as Sierra Co-Pilot
Connie Sawyer
as Gramma Stewart
Jon Polito
as Roy Roby
Jessica Capshaw
as Royalty Flight Attendant
Chelsey Cole
as Young Donna
Stacey Dash
as Trainee
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Frank Thomas
Chad Everett
as Jack Thorton
Roark Critchlow
as Tennis Pro
Wayne Federman
as Whiskey Sour Man
Scott Ford
as Clerk #2
Payton Miller
as Twin Boy
Frank Novack
as Gambler Man
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Critic Reviews for View from the Top

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (38)

What was Gwyneth Paltrow thinking?

December 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A flat, superficial comedy that never establishes a tone.

September 3, 2003

Paltrow cannot begin to save this unfunny flight attendant comedy that should have gone direct to video.

April 27, 2003 | Rating: D

The characters have no wit or charm, the plot has no conflict or development, nothing happens for any reason other than script requirements.

April 4, 2003
Top Critic

It's just sweet and light, but it's got kind of giddy charm to it ...

March 31, 2003

Dull as dirt.

March 27, 2003 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for View from the Top

Don't stop till you reach the top. Decently Good movie! 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. 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. 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.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A bad movie that's not without its good moments, but one that just clunks along from head-scratcher to head-scratcher. Mike Myers's character is quite funny, and Gwyneth Paltrow does ok, but they have nothing to work with.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Uninteresting, pointless & predictable

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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