VIEW FROM THE TOP

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Release Date: March 21, 2003

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike Myers, Christina Applegate, Mark Ruffalo, Candice Bergen, Kelly Preston, and Rob Lowe

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Lisa A. Rice Gwyneth Paltrow
stars in VIEW FROM THE TOP, a
"Get-me-out-of-this-small-town-and-let-me-realize-my-dreams-but-oops-I-might-have-fallen-in-love"
comedy. It's campy and cute in
spots, but the plot is
over-used and generic. Paltrow
plays Donna Jenson, a Nevada
woman who works at "Big Lots"
- a discount store where her
boyfriend is the manager. When
he breaks up with her, via a
greeting card, she knows it's
heaven's sign she needs to
move up and out. Donna sets
her sights on becoming a
flight attendant, a dream
fueled by seeing an interview
of a woman named Sally
(Candice Bergen) as she talks
about how she went from
undervalued and insecure to
on-top-of-the-world and a
transformer of the stewardess
industry. With big hair and
tight skirts, Donna and her
girlfriends (played by Kelly
Preston and Christina
Applegate) begin work for a
tacky puddle-jumper airline
that flies gamblers and drunks
between two boring
cities. When a larger airline
advertises for flight
attendants, the girls audition
before John Whitney (Mike
Myers), a humorous but bitter
trainer with one crazy eye
that looks in another
direction. The Kelly Preston
character insults Myers and
doesn't make it, but the other
two undergo Whitney's rigorous
and hilarious stewardess
training. Even though Donna is
an enthusiastic, perfect
student and her friend is
rather dim-witted, her friend
gets the glamorous New York
job, and she only gets another
lame, puddle-jumping schedule,
stationed out of Columbus. She
cries to her now-mentor,
Sally, who manages to check
the test scores and find some
interesting surprises that
begin reversing her
destiny. In the meantime,
Donna starts falling for a
hunky guy in law school, Ted,
but even though he makes her
feel like she "finally found
home," she reasons that, "I
can't let somebody tell me
that I've seen enough." She
leaves the guy when she gets a
cushy Paris assignment, but
when she runs into her mentor
overseas, she finds out that
her perceptions of truth might
be somewhat askew. Donna must
decide, at a crucial moment,
whether to follow her head or
her heart. VIEW FROM THE TOP
starts out as a comedy and
ends as a rather serious
drama. There are some strange
appearances from stars that
never really show up again,
like Rob Lowe and Stacey Dash,
and apparently some cameos of
Christian Slater and Regis
Philbin were also cut. Though
Mike Myers is always funny,
and especially so with his
strange eye and jerky, nerdy
movements, the movie is
strangely constructed. The
benefits of realizing the big
flight attendant dream are not
readily apparent, and the
shallowness of the sexy
stewardess bimbos is rather
unsettling. The audiences
probably are not making the
decision with Donna to leave
her love interest to pursue
her career. As a matter of
fact, it is more likely that
most single female flight
attendants would happily give
up their travel headaches to
settle down and snuggle by a
fire with the likes of hunky,
adoring "Ted in Ohio." Also
sad and distasteful is Donna's
relationship with a male
homosexual flight attendant,
who shares his desires to also
get a great guy and who flirts
with Sally's husband at a
dinner party. The movie needed
more positive sympathy for the
characters; it's the number
one rule of screenwriting for
a mass audience. Audiences
have to like at least the
protagonist and root for them
along the way, making
decisions with them. Someone
described the characters in
VIEW FROM THE TOP as
cardboard.… Maybe so. The
worldview of VIEW FROM THE TOP
is devoid of any concern for
what God would choose, and it
tries to sell career and
romance as the only
fulfillment for happiness in
life. With a few great funny
scenes, like Donna's first
flight where she panics and
scares the passengers, VIEW
FROM THE TOP will get some
laughs but certainly not grip
people's hearts with any
compelling truths. Please
address your comments to: Bob
and Harvey
Weinstein Co-Chairmen Miramax
Films 375 Greenwich Street New
York, NY 10013 Phone: (323)
822-4100 & (212) 941-3800 Fax:
(212) 941-3846 Website:
www.miramax.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 85 minutes

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Content:

(PaPa, Ho, LL, V, S, A, D, M) Worldly outlook portraying life aim as either career or romance with many homosexual references with humor and portrayal of sleeping together before marriage, though no sexual activity is shown; 13 obscenities and 24 light profanities; comedic violence with girls beating each other up; homosexual flirts with woman's husband; portrayals of alcohol and smoking; and, stealing, lying, cheating, betrayal.

GENRE: Comedy

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Summary:

A small-town girl tries to achieve her dreams of becoming a flight attendant and is faced with choosing between career and romance. With an overused "head vs. heart" plot and cardboard characters, VIEW FROM THE TOP will provide some laughs but no memorable truths.

Review:

Gwyneth Paltrow stars in VIEW FROM THE TOP, a "Get-me-out-of-this-small-town-and-let-me-realize-my-dreams-but-oops-I-might-have-fallen-in-love" comedy. It's campy and cute in spots, but the plot is over-used and generic. Paltrow plays Donna Jenson, a Nevada woman who works at "Big Lots" - a discount store where her boyfriend is the manager. When he breaks up with her, via a greeting card, she knows it's heaven's sign she needs to move up and out.

Donna sets her sights on becoming a flight attendant, a dream fueled by seeing an interview of a woman named Sally (Candice Bergen) as she talks about how she went from undervalued and insecure to on-top-of-the-world and a transformer of the stewardess industry. With big hair and tight skirts, Donna and her girlfriends (played by Kelly Preston and Christina Applegate) begin work for a tacky puddle-jumper airline that flies gamblers and drunks between two boring cities.

When a larger airline advertises for flight attendants, the girls audition before John Whitney (Mike Myers), a humorous but bitter trainer with one crazy eye that looks in another direction. The Kelly Preston character insults Myers and doesn't make it, but the other two undergo Whitney's rigorous and hilarious stewardess training.

Even though Donna is an enthusiastic, perfect student and her friend is rather dim-witted, her friend gets the glamorous New York job, and she only gets another lame, puddle-jumping schedule, stationed out of Columbus. She cries to her now-mentor, Sally, who manages to check the test scores and find some interesting surprises that begin reversing her destiny.

In the meantime, Donna starts falling for a hunky guy in law school, Ted, but even though he makes her feel like she "finally found home," she reasons that, "I can't let somebody tell me that I've seen enough." She leaves the guy when she gets a cushy Paris assignment, but when she runs into her mentor overseas, she finds out that her perceptions of truth might be somewhat askew. Donna must decide, at a crucial moment, whether to follow her head or her heart.

VIEW FROM THE TOP starts out as a comedy and ends as a rather serious drama. There are some strange appearances from stars that never really show up again, like Rob Lowe and Stacey Dash, and apparently some cameos of Christian Slater and Regis Philbin were also cut.

Though Mike Myers is always funny, and especially so with his strange eye and jerky, nerdy movements, the movie is strangely constructed. The benefits of realizing the big flight attendant dream are not readily apparent, and the shallowness of the sexy stewardess bimbos is rather unsettling. The audiences probably are not making the decision with Donna to leave her love interest to pursue her career. As a matter of fact, it is more likely that most single female flight attendants would happily give up their travel headaches to settle down and snuggle by a fire with the likes of hunky, adoring "Ted in Ohio."

Also sad and distasteful is Donna's relationship with a male homosexual flight attendant, who shares his desires to also get a great guy and who flirts with Sally's husband at a dinner party. The movie needed more positive sympathy for the characters; it's the number one rule of screenwriting for a mass audience. Audiences have to like at least the protagonist and root for them along the way, making decisions with them. Someone described the characters in VIEW FROM THE TOP as cardboard.… Maybe so.

The worldview of VIEW FROM THE TOP is devoid of any concern for what God would choose, and it tries to sell career and romance as the only fulfillment for happiness in life. With a few great funny scenes, like Donna's first flight where she panics and scares the passengers, VIEW FROM THE TOP will get some laughs but certainly not grip people's hearts with any compelling truths.

Please address your comments to:

Bob and Harvey Weinstein

Co-Chairmen

Miramax Films

375 Greenwich Street

New York, NY 10013

Phone: (323) 822-4100 & (212) 941-3800

Fax: (212) 941-3846

Website: www.miramax.com

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