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NEW View From The Top (DVD)

Gwyneth Paltrow , Christina Applegate , Bruno Barreto    DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Check your brain at the door and enjoy June 5 2003
Format:DVD
Lighter than air? Yes. Unrealistic and sugar-coated? That too. Can't decide which decade it's supposed to be set in? True enough. A bit offensive to anyone with an ounce of feminist sensibility? I'm afraid so.
Here's the thing: I went to the theater expecting an hour and a half of so-bad-it's-good fluffball comedy, and really enjoyed "View From the Top" in spite of myself. The whole movie all but begs not to be taken seriously, which is probably the reason why it works as well as it does. Appropriately for a movie about the airline industry, this is pure escapism, in the well-worn motif of a trailer-park kid who decides she wants more out of life and, after a few mildly hard knocks, gets it. Donna, a store clerk somewhere in rural Nevada, decides on a career as a flight attendant on a lark after her boyfriend dumps her, and promptly sets her sights on the New York-to-Paris route despite a hilariously bumpy start in the business. Of course, this is America, and all Donna has to do is work hard, be patient and persistent, and look like Gwyneth Paltrow. (Casting Paltrow as trailer trash is about as convincing as you'd expect it to be, but her acting is great as usual.)
While the movie never really tries to be very serious, it will probably elicit a knowing nod or two from anyone who has suffered an unfair setback at work or felt like it was taking too long to climb the professional ladder. (In other words, it's the perfect comedy for today's job market!) The corollary plot about Donna's on again, off again relationship with her law-student boyfriend is a bit too treacly and old-fashioned to be really enjoyable, but the story's final twist resolves this in a cute, if utterly unconvincing, way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars View from the Top March 22 2012
By BJ
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really like this movie. I thought it would be a lot like Pan Am but it isnt. I am happy about that because I thought this movie was better. It shows people that there isnt anything they cant do if they put they put their minds to it. It teaches studying for the dream of what you want to do in your life. I give it a 2 thumbs up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fairly entertaining comedy romance Aug. 14 2007
By falcon
Format:DVD
View from the top is not too bad a movie.it's about a small town girl who dreams of leaving small town life behind and seeing the world.she eventually becomes a stewardess and lives her dream(sort of).i won't say anything more about the plot.i guess you call this movie a sort comedy/romance.i didn't find the movie wildly funny but it does have some amusing moments.Gwyneth Paltrow plays Donna,the main character.Mike Myers has a small,but pretty amusing role.Christina Applegate and Candice Bergen are also in the movie.Mark Ruffalo provides the romantic interest.i wouldn't go into this movie expecting to pee your pants laughing.if you do,you might be disappointed.but if you go in expecting some mildly amusing moments,and a fairly enetertaining story,then this movie should meet your expectations.my vote for View From The Top: 3/5
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3.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's good...I think... April 11 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This film wasn't realised in the UK (I think) so I had seen no trailers or promos for it. My mother simply brought home as a fun bit of fluff for a Saturday night, and that was pretty much what we got.
I was unable to work out whether the film was actually taking itself seriously, or whether it was a gigantic satire on the whole follow-your-dream/romantic comedy genre. At times it was really funny or enjoyably wacky - for instance, quite a few parts of the flight attendant training; Mike Myers's character, in general; the fight scene between Donna and Christina; but at other times it was sickly-sweet (nearly everything about following your dreams) or very, very sincere (Donna's relationship with Ted). So it was really hard to understand how you were meant to react.
Personally, I found the morals of the story cliched and irritating, and the Sally Weston character just another strong-mentor-person-thing; and Donna did come across as just a bit too smug/perfect at times. Also the plot was quite annoying, with characters fading out leaving you wondering what the point was of putting them in in the first place. I would have liked the movie better if it had been more focused on Donna's career and less on her romance, which was extremely predictable.
However, I'd recommend renting it if you're in the mood for something totally fluffy and silly; you like air hostesses in movies; you're a fan of Paltrow (who was very good) or Mike Myers; or you just want to see a movie that seems more than a little separated from reality...
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shhh, don't tell anyone May 1 2004
By James Hiller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I read a review of this movie when it came to the theaters that just completely tore it apart from oepning frame to closing. Thus, I avoided seeing it for all of the right reasons. However, the genre of film is one of my boyfriend's favorites, and as a favor to him, rented this little movie for a quick Saturday afternoon's entertainment. What I found was a quirky, fun, funny movie that, if you don't take it all too seriously, you can seriously warm to.
Gwyneth Paltrow plays Donna, a girl with stars and the skies in her eyes. Donna longs for a better life than her small town girlhood in Silver Springs. Hooking up with a small commuter airline, Donna starts her career in the air. In one short but pivotal scene, she is dissed by a trio of snooty flight atttendants, which fires her upward. Soon, she moves up to a major airlines, but first, has to endure the training process, run by the ever funny Mike Meyers.
Complication besets complication, but no worries, this is a film whose plot is secondary to the likabillity of its characters. You know about the ending, but the time spent with these people is entertaining. Turning in great performances is the hugely underused Kelly Preston, Christina Applegate as a ditsy coworker, wonderful Candice Bergan as a flight attendant extraordinaire, and the lovable Mark Ruffalo, playing a has-it-together guy, finally.
Much disdain has been heaped on this movie, perhaps by people intending to take it much more seriously than was its intention. Citizen Kane its not, but a lighthearted time spent in the skies. As we follow Donna on her journey of self-revelation, we root for her and all of her friends as well. So sit back, make sure your tray table is locked, and this time, you don't have to locate your nearest exits, with a View from the Top.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie (forget bad reviews). Made Me Laugh & Feel Good! March 26 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Gwyneth Paltrow was great as Donna, the main character who dreams of one day being an international flight attendant. Maybe this wasn't her best role, but I certainly enjoyed her performance. The other characters were all good too: Christina Applegate, Candice Bergen, Kelly Preston, Mark Ruffalo (Donna's future boyfriend), and Rob Lowe (although he was only in a few scenes). The characters I liked the best were the gay flight attendant and Mike Myers (that was a nice surprise after being tired of his "Austin Powers" gags). The weakest part about this movie was probably the script, which could have been better. Still the actors made the most of what material they were given, and I was pleasantly surprised by the movie in general. I laughed and felt good walking out of the theater. Who could ask for anything more?
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Movie Nov. 13 2005
By T. Hooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
View From the Top is not as bad a many people would have you believe. In fact, it's quite entertaining. First of all, don't take it seriously, because it's just a fluff romantic comedy. If you keep that in perspective, you'll really enjoy this film.

The story is centered around Donna, a woman from the trailer parks of Nevada who hopes to escape from the type of life her mother leads. She thinks she has found the ticket in the high school quarterback who promises to take her places, but in the end, he dumps her. In a fit of depression, she ends up watching daytime TV in a bar, and she sees the interview of a famous flight attendant. Her dreams take off from there as she struggles to make her dreams come true.

The only weak point in this film is Mike Meyers who places the flight attendant trainer. Some of his jokes fall flat and at times it seems he is recycling some of his Dr. Evil character. Other than that, I think you'll enjoy this. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Skirts, Big Hair, and Service With a Smile! March 15 2006
By Laurie Eno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
How this movie adds up to more than the sum of its parts is difficult to explain without seeing it, but suspend disbelief (and pocket that cineaste elitism for a mo') and read on ...

First, Gwyneth Paltrow can do white trash girl with a heart of gold really, really well, as she's proven in other films (Duets comes to mind). She's got a great range. The woman won an Oscar, remember? She didn't grab the statue for this movie, but she's got the chops and she runs away with the role of Donna, the trailer park girl from Nevada with big dreams.

Second, Christina Applegate is deliciously duplicitious in the role of her friend and protege, and is proof that trash in Chanel's clothing is still ... well, trash. Then again, standing next to Gwyneth Paltrow, who isn't going to look somewhat less-than? (OK, so I'm biased. This is my disclaimer).

Third, Mike Meyers as flight attendant trainer? How funny is this? Do you love Mike Meyers? Why haven't you seen this movie yet? Not optional. A MUST OWN. He is high-larious, and the bloopers at the end of the movie are worth the price of a rental alone. ("I am a kitten ... ")

Fourth: The writing. No, not the plot, which is predictably formulaic and fairly predictable. What makes this movie pop like Jiffy is the way these actors take it and make it their own. What comes through loud and clear is how much fun these folks were having making this film. It is a romp! View From The Top could well have been called "Over The Top" because in some ways it is.

If the Farrelly Brothers has been Farrelly Sisters and made a kinder, gentler romantic comedy, I think this is precisely the kind of movie they'd have made.

I love it. So sue me. It's a riot, and it's heart warming to boot. More "love it" features include "don't hate me because I'm from the 80's" musical valentines (Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer"), and mouthwatering scenes of Paris (with Gwyneth strolling along the Seine wearing a beret looking oh so soignee).

A guilty, fat-free pleasure -- lather, rinse, repeat!
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paltrow Does Her Best With "Top" Turbulence March 5 2003
By "joel928m" - Published on Amazon.com
This is not a winner, but it was pretty entertaining. Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow does what she can with the sometimes lame script that brought along "View from the Top." Its got a great soundtrack and a great cast, which includes Candice Bergen, Christina Applegate, Kelly Preston, Mike Myers, and Rob Lowe. But a movie with some good potential got lost in too many release-date changes and over-the-top, sometimes unfunny humor. Paltrow stars as Donna, a young woman with big dreams. She is on the way to become an international flight attendant, and she's willing to do almost anything to succeed. When her smooth ride turns bumpy, she has to decide whether or not she's ready to leave her dreams behind. There are some hilarious moments involving Mike Myers and a "cat fight" between Paltrow and Applegate. Some of the jokes are likeable and funny, while a few just seem over-done or awkward. "View from the Top," though, is funny at times, and Gwyneth Paltrow is charming, along with her co-stars. But the finished project leaves you a little unsatisfied, but hopefully you'll be able to overcome some mild turbulence.
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