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Overall Rating
2.27

Awesome: 4.55%
Worth A Look: 15.91%
Average: 13.64%
Pretty Bad34.09%
Total Crap: 31.82%

3 reviews, 26 user ratings


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View from the Top
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by Collin Souter

"Too bad there's already a movie out there called 'Basic'"
2 stars

Often, I am convinced that American audiences honestly don’t care what movies they see. They simply want something nice and pleasant to stare at while they eat their popcorn. So long as the butter comes in ample amounts, the salt does not outweigh the delicate nuances of flavor contained in the wet, puffy cornel and the soda carries with it the element of surprise fizz accompanied by the carefully strewn syrup product, what does it matter if the movie playing is “Amelie” or “My Father, The Hero”? People often go to the movies for the food, first and foremost.

I went into “View From The Top” with this in mind. I decided to rate this movie on its stare factor. Can the movie’s overall pleasantness compete with my Loews buttered/salted popcorn and medium-sized softdrink? Would its attractive actors and its non-risk-taking screenplay be enough for me to put down my food, wipe my slobbering puss, sit up and pay attention? Would the storyline take such a drastic turn as to make me want to whip off my white Stetson hat, stand up and shout at the screen, “Now, hold on, there, hasenpfeffer! You done gone to faw!” (No, because I don’t talk like that)

As it turned out, “View From The Top” was no match for my buttery goodness, and you can quote me on that. I felt sorry for those who opted not to buy the popcorn and coke. The way I see it, they only got half the experience. Some movies try to hit out on the audience’s deepest fears. Some movies want you to walk out debating free will vs. pre-destination. Some movies want you to take action. Some movies demand to be seen on the big screen. “View From the Top” demands to be seen with food placed firmly in lap.

The movie filled me with inertia. Its stare factor rates about a 5 on a 1-10 scale. The story, in case you needed to know this for your notes, concerns Donna Jensen (Gwenyth Paltrow, a not-bad stare) and her desire to be a flight attendant for an airline that travels to Paris. She leaves her trailer park, goes to stewardess school, falls in love with a law student (Mark Ruffalo, a pleasant person to look at, I guess) and makes friends. Her instructor is played by Mike Myers, who with his one awkward eye garnered the highest point on the staring scale. You look at him and your eye is immediately fixed on his awkward eye. This joke gets annoyingly belabored throughout the movie’s pleasantly punctual 87 minutes, during which I did not move internally or externally, except to cram my flapper with edible packing.

This movie aspires to be nothing more than there. It could be this year’s “Mr. Destiny.” No, wait, this year’s “Gold Diggers: Legend of Bear Mountain.” Better yet, “French Kiss.” Actually, I’m thinking more “Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit.” No, something more along the lines of “Someone Like You.” Or, rather “She’s The One.” How about “Only You”?

The best thing I can say about “View From the Top” is that it has credits. Nice ones, too, all colorful and stuff, both at the beginning and at the end. The actors hit their marks and never make challenging decisions regarding their character’s motivations. It’s in focus and the colors look well-placed. The airplanes look authentic and the bikinis seem perfectly natural. As far as creating a world with which we are perpetually familiar (in movie terms, that is), this movie gets everything right.

“View From the Top” is like watching an elementary school play, except you don’t know any of the kids on stage. But they say their lines correctly, everything goes according to plan and without a hitch. Every scene ends the way you’d expect it to and there’s not a whole lot of tension to be felt. Nobody gives a performance that will make your ears bleed and you can always go home in the middle of it without feeling as though you’re missing out. But I’m sure if I did have to leave the theater during “View From the Top,” I would have no trouble picking up the plot thread if I were to come back.

You don’t necessarily have to buy popcorn to go along with it, but it sure is cool to bounce that bag around when you get halfway down and the salt has lost its purpose. That’s why I bring little salt packets that I steal from Poopy’s just down the street. That way, I can stay in my seat and not miss a minute of this motion-propelled picture with sound. A word of warning, though: Contrary to what the title promises, I don’t recall seeing one overhead shot in the entire movie. I do recall, however, looking down at my popcorn to try and find the big, impressive cornels.

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User Comments

1/21/18 Ed Riddick Great cast creates interest. Does what it tries to do. 3 stars
1/08/09 Shaun Wallner This movie was stupid! 2 stars
3/29/05 guis great flick, very funny 5 stars
7/18/04 Daveman Falls flat in just about every way, plodding, incompetently acted, vapid and unfunny. 1 stars
5/10/04 Ray View from the bottom 2 stars
3/24/04 The More You Know Unless ur sitting in a courtroom banging a gavel, u should'nt be judging anyone, so don't. 1 stars
1/21/04 sharon nice movie..corny at times though 4 stars
1/08/04 Cheerleader who ran out of TP& has to wipe her ass with her pompoms OK, call me a blonde airhead, but I liked it! 4 stars
12/15/03 JohnnyXXX It's fun to watch. Sometimes we need to escape. Stop being so constipated!!!! 4 stars
10/30/03 tediboy a safe but derivative movie 3 stars
9/18/03 Samuel Justus Oh why didnt they make a 'Waynes World 3' ?? oh why... 1 stars
9/06/03 Fred Worst movie ever 1 stars
8/21/03 ttiinnaa I kind of liked it!!!! 4 stars
8/15/03 Paul Dempsey Tell me it was just for the money Mark. As for Paltrow...well? 1 stars
8/10/03 sgu182 obvious and simplistic, but not the worst film i've ever seen...and mike myers was funny... 3 stars
8/05/03 Justcinta This movie was 1 hour and 45 minutes of my life I'll never get back. 1 stars
7/10/03 Priscilla Postlethwaite Sappy, sappy, sappy! But not the worst way to spend an hour and a half. 4 stars
7/08/03 kz I will never look at Mike Myers the same way again... 3 stars
6/07/03 Drew Hutchinson Guess which 1986 unfunny movie is a remake of?Stuert School if you guess it. 1 stars
4/16/03 Marisa Monroe The best movie of 2003. 5 stars
4/08/03 Allen Almost average 3 stars
4/02/03 I Wish I Was John Travolta, Except for the Lard Like Duets, you must accept it on sentimental terms. It's likable. And Kelly Preston's hot! 4 stars
3/30/03 Edler Expect the worst and you might find it to be ok - acceptable for a comedy. 3 stars
3/29/03 guisada hmm... why was my previous comment deleted? this movie was GOOD. 4 stars
3/25/03 Butterbean I thought this movie would at least be fun to watch, but it was painfully bland. 2 stars
3/22/03 Ken The view from my ass is better. 1 stars
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  21-Mar-2003 (PG-13)

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  31-Jul-2003




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