Paltrow no hit in ‘View From the Top’

By on April 3, 2003

Fasten your seatbelts, movie fans, Miramax Films’ new release, “View From the Top,” is a bumpy 87 minutes of movie turbulence.

The film, released on March 21, stars Gwyneth Paltrow as a small-town girl with big dreams. Paltrow, of “Shakespeare in Love” fame, portrays Donna, who has grown up falling short of everything she tries, and decides that there is no time but the present to work to make her dreams happen.

After developing an interest in being a flight attendant, Donna accepts a job at a low-budget airline near her home, with no more than five planes making daily flights. While preparing for her job at the airline, Donna is compelled to read the autobiography of Sally, a professional flight attendant, played by “Murphy Brown’s” Candice Bergen.

Sally’s book empowers Donna, pushing her to pursue her ultimate goal of working for Royalty Airlines as a flight attendant for their New York to Paris flights. Donna enrolls in the Royalty Airlines’ training school, where she gets the surprise of her life.

Christina Applegate (“Married With Children”) serves as the film’s antagonist, befriending Donna, only to turn on her when Applegate’s character becomes jealous of Donna’s skills as a flight attendant.

Applegate’s character switches the flight attendance exams and earns a spot on the New York-Paris flight. Donna is devastated, but her revenge is bittersweet.

Odd-ball Mike Myers makes his big screen return as John Whitney, the owner of Royalty Airlines and training coordinator. Whitney takes a liking to Donna, when he sees her potential, and he helps her succeed at Royalty.

Myers’ comedic performance carries the entire film, but his predictable jokes are too reminiscent of his “Austin Powers” characters, making movie-goers wonder what film they came to see.

Director Bruno Barreto uses an unbelievably predictable and unimpressive plotline, where Donna falls in and out of love with a dashing young lawyer, played by Mark Ruffalo. Barreto tries to attract a female audience by having the primarily female cast engage in too much cat fighting and petty arguments, which detracts from the film as a whole.

Bottom line for “View From the Top” is: don’t waste your money. If you must see it, wait until it comes out on video.


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