View from the Top

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  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 5.3  (28,403)
  • 27

View from the Top is a 2003 romantic comedy directed by Bruno Barreto and starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, and Kelly Preston. The film follows the journey of Donna Jensen, a small-town girl with big dreams of becoming a flight attendant. Donna sees a glamorous life for herself as a flight attendant, traveling the world, and experiencing a life filled with excitement and adventure. But like all beginners, she has to start from scratch, at a tiny airline where their motto is “leap to soar.”

The young and ambitious Donna, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, struggles with the everyday life of training and learning the ins and outs of flight [attending. She makes friends with John Whitney (Mark Ruffalo), another trainee, and they both eventually become assigned to Sierra Airlines, a small, rural airline hosting regional flights. But Donna isn't content with staying there for long, as she believes she deserves more.

As Donna aspires for a better and higher-paying job, she becomes locked in a highly competitive battle with her colleage, Christine Montgomery (Christina Applegate), who seems to have done it all with her fancy shoes and designer bags. The two of them eventually end up in New York, both chasing their dreams, but overlooking what is really important in life.

Meanwhile, Donna meets the charmingly suave Ted Stewart (Mark Ruffalo), and she realizes that her dream of a glamorous and exciting life may not be worth pursuing at the cost of losing true love. Along with all of these struggles, Donna has to learn how to navigate the complex relationships in the airline business, where competition is rife and friends are hard to come by.

The film utilizes a wide variety of stereotypical characters, such as the aging but wise veteran Flight Attendant Randy Jones (Mike Myers), a woman who possesses a unique insight into the trade and acts as a mentor to Donna. There’s also Donna's best friend, Christine, the incredibly competent Flight Attendant, who is determined to rise above the ranks.

View from the Top is a charming, feel-good movie that seeks to expose the realities of trying to make it in a highly competitive industry, while also asking the audience about the cost of fame and success. The film incorporates comedy and romance to help one feel encouraged to pursue their dreams, but it also showcases the importance of taking a step back and taking time to evaluate the things that are truly important in life.

The cinematography is also noteworthy, as the film beautifully captures some of the world's most stunning air travel destinations, showcasing to the viewer the incredible beauty of the world. The costumes, consisting of vintage airline uniforms, adds to the film's overall appeal and adds a touch of class.

In conclusion, View from the Top is a lovely, uplifting movie that showcases the complexities of pursuing one’s dreams, the cost of fame and success, and the importance of staying true to oneself. Its cast, consisting of top-notch actors, together with the film's outstanding screenplay and direction, create a memorable viewing experience. The film serves as a reminder that one’s success should not come at the cost of forgetting what is truly important in life; love, friendship, and personal fulfillment.

View from the Top is a 2003 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3 and a MetaScore of 27.

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    1 hr 27 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.3  (28,403)
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