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View From The Top

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Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike Myers
Director: Bruno Barreto
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 87 Minutes
Release Date: March 2003
Genre: Comedy

Review by Susan Granger
1 star out of 4

Stranded Gwyneth Paltrow serves as a cotton-candy parachute as this flimsy, ailing airline comedy plummets into oblivion. Filmed several years ago, it's been gathering dust on the Miramax shelf and it becomes quickly obvious why.

Paltrow plays Donna Jensen, an idealistic small-town girl whose fervent wish - since childhood - is to get as far away from Silver Springs, Nevada, as possible. When she glimpses Sally Weston (Candice Bergen), a glamorous, successful former flight attendant hawking "My Life in the Sky" on TV, she sees her route out. Beginning with Sierra Airlines, a regional carrier of gamblers and drunks whose motto is "big hair, short skirts and service with a smile," she aims ever higher and higher. "It's your destiny," encourages Weston, now her mentor, as Donna joins the more prestigious Royalty Airlines, where she's groomed for duty by a self-conscious, cross-eyed trainer (Mike Myers). Despite sneaky double-dealing and a ludicrous cat-fight with a trashy training-school roommate (Christina Applegate), she finally makes it: Paris, First-Class, International! But then - in the City of Light on a lonely Christmas Eve - Donna realizes the reality of what she left behind: namely, a cuddly lawyer (Mark Ruffalo), who adores her.

Writer Eric Wald dredges up every hackneyed stereotype of the bubbleheaded stewardess, while Brazilian director Bruno Barreto wheedles cameos from Rob Lowe and Kelly Preston. And, curiously, the '60s spandex micro-mini's and gaudy, skintight tops may presage outfits for the upcoming Hooters Airlines. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "A View From the Top" is a dim-witted 3. Only Gwyneth Paltrow's beguiling charm saves it from crashing.

Copyright 2003 Susan Granger

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