A Plain Movie
View from the Top
Review by Ross Anthony

View from the Top Though it starts out with a quirky sense of promise, this film about an ambitious stewardess never gets off the ground. Gwyneth Paltrow is charming and likable as the small trailer town girl that sets her sights high; but the film never actually endears us to her.

Actually, the film is almost always mildly amusing in a bland sort of way. Even Michael Myers' appearance (as the odd trainer of airline service personnel) relies almost entirely on a cheap sight gag (pun intended) for the small amount of humor he garnishes.

The film is short and feels heavily cut in the edit room, leaving even less story to help us feel for these characters. The pace skips a major beat just passed midpoint and skids into a rather formulaically embarrassing climax.

I would have given the film a "B," but that unrewarding completely unquirky ending is going to knock it down a notch.

  • View from the Top. Copyright © 2003.
  • Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Mark Ruffalo, Candice Bergen, Kelly Preston, Mike Myers.
  • Directed by Bruno Barreto.
  • Screenplay by Eric Wald.
  • Produced by Brad Grey, Matthew Baer, Bobby Cohen at Miramax.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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