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Volume 68, Issue 117, Monday, March 24, 2003

Arts & Entertainment

'View From the Top' rock bottom comedic attempt 

By Leslie Smith
The Daily Cougar

Director Bruno Barrett's latest film, View from the Top is nothing short of horrible, to get right to the point. After this movie, you are guaranteed to be disgruntled because 80 precious minutes of your life were just wasted, and you can never get them back. 

Christina Applegate (left) and Gwyneth Paltrow star as flight attendants trying to move up in the world in the new comedy View From The Top.

Darren Michaels/Miramax

The cast actually seemed promising for a cute comedy. With Gwyneth Paltrow in the lead and supporting actors including Mike Myers, Christina Applegate and Candice Bergen, there's no excuse for why the movie turned out so badly. 

The movie begins with a view of the low-class trailer-park life of a little girl named Donna whose only wish is to get out of the dump she was born into. The movie then switches to Donna (Paltrow) around her early 20s, no closer to her goals. When her deadbeat boyfriend dumps her, she suddenly she gains the ability to drive into the sunset and follow her life ambitions.

Starting as a flight attendant in a run down airport, she aspires to become an international stewardess. With help from her gal pals, new love interest, her mentor ­ the old flight attendant (Candace Bergen) ­ and her job trainer (Mike Myers), she set out go global. 

The audience gets its hopes up, thinking the movie will be one of those feel-good, girl-power, you-can-do-anything-you-put-your-mind-to movies. Wrong. She meets a guy, falls in love, leaves him to pursue a dream and then realizes that isn't what she wants. Out of nowhere it becomes a classic chick flick. 

In order to keep the boyfriends interested, the costumes for the leading women are incredibly revealing, baring everything possible and still keep it a PG-13 rating. 

Those who are thinking, "Well, Mike Myers is in it, so it has to be funny" can guess again. Austin Powers memories sparked more laughter than this movie's attempts at humor. 

On the one and only positive note, Mark Ruffalo does a great acting job as the boyfriend character and saves this movie from the fireplace. You may want to see him in You Can Count on Me and Windtalkers ­ films that offer him some redemption from this atrocity. 

All in all, the plot and the acting stink and the only vaguely funny parts are handed to you in the previews. At no point are moviegoers moved to care about anything onscreen. 

View From the Top

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate


The verdict: If you can avoid it, donit even rent this movie.

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