Donna Jensen is the main character in the movie View from the Top. Growing up in a dysfunctional family caused this small-town girl to want to see the world. As an adult, she brainstorms the idea that becoming a flight attendant will bring her dreams to fruition.
Even with several obstacles in her path to becoming a New York flight attendant with routes to other countries, she manages to fight for what she wants; and near the end of the film, she gets it. Even with this clearly being a comedy, the film manages to portray a woman going after her dreams with such passion and conviction that it’s almost inspirational.
It’s really too bad that this movie wasn’t about a woman struggling for what she wants and gets it in the end. It would have been fabulous if it had been. No, this movie was about struggling for what you want only to realize that that’s not what you wanted at all. What Donna truly wanted was to keep her man, no matter what the cost. Even if that meant giving up her dreams and staying in Cleveland so that his career could flourish. (Something that he wasn’t willing to do for her when the situations were reversed, I might add.)
The final frustration came from the ending, where it became very clear that the writers knew exactly what message they were sending… but didn’t want anyone to say their movie was sexist or pre-dated. The video pans through a commuter plane, where you expect to find Donna in her flight attendant uniform. Instead, the camera stills on Donna in the pilot seat, singing the last bits of the song in the background.
Inspirational? Uh, no. What you’re telling me is that since her dream to see the world didn’t work out due to her not wanting to be separated by her emotional attachment to the man she is in love with, well, she clearly strove for a different goal that has, one could assume, higher pay and more respect. Who says settling doesn’t come with perks?
After all, if you can’t have the world, at least you can have a position you never mentioned, even in passing, as something you’d desire.