View from the Top


View from the Top

Critics Consensus

Uneven in tone and badly edited, A View From the Top wastes the talents of its cast and condescends to its characters.



Total Count: 123


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User Ratings: 39,454
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Movie Info

Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barreto directs this comic look at the world of flight attendants starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Donna, a small town Nevada woman who dreams of seeing the world by becoming a first class international stewardess. Lacking the requisite poise and class, Donna finds a mentor in retired trade veteran Sally (Candice Bergen), a wealthy, best-selling author who assists with advice and her considerable influence. Despite Sally's help, Donna finds the process of fulfilling her career ambitions more difficult than she imagined when she's betrayed by a trusted friend (Christina Applegate) during flight training, a daunting course taught by the bitter John Whitney (Mike Myers), a once-aspiring steward whose eye condition kept him forever out of the friendly skies. Donna also faces a romantic crisis when she falls for a handsome law student (Mark Ruffalo) whose education consigns him to Ohio, far away from the major urban hubs Donna dreams of working. A View from the Top (2002) costars Rob Lowe, Josh Malina, Kelly Preston and Jon Polito.

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Gwyneth Paltrow
as Donna Jensen
Christina Applegate
as Christine Montgomery
Mark Ruffalo
as Tim Stewart
Candice Bergen
as Sally Weston
Mike Myers
as John Whitney
Marc Blucas
as Tommy Boulay
Rob Lowe
as Sierra Co-Pilot
Connie Sawyer
as Gramma Stewart
Jessica Capshaw
as Royalty Flight Attendant
Jon Polito
as Roy Roby
Chelsey Cole
as Young Donna
Stacey Dash
as Trainee
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Frank Thomas
Chad Everett
as Jack Thorton
Roark Critchlow
as Tennis Pro
Wayne Federman
as Whiskey Sour Man
Scott Ford
as Clerk #2
Payton Miller
as Twin Boy
Frank Novack
as Gambler Man
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Critic Reviews for View from the Top

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Audience Reviews for View from the Top

  • Aug 15, 2010
    It's like someone wrote my True LIfe story, except in my story, the airlines wouldn't hire me. Because I failed the personality test. Whatever, United! I would have been great! A movie for wanna-be flight attendants who should have been pilots.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2010
    I thought this movie was so much fun to watch. You get to know about the lives of three stewardesses who work for a low budget company. One of the stewardesses wants more and struggles to get to top of the business. The movie is very easy going and funny.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2010
    A bad movie that's not without its good moments, but one that just clunks along from head-scratcher to head-scratcher. Mike Myers's character is quite funny, and Gwyneth Paltrow does ok, but they have nothing to work with.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2010
    I never knew how bitchy Applegate could get, but her portrayal of a true frenemy to Paltrow definitely became the acting highlight of the film.

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