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Paltrow movie released

A comedy about flight attendants starring Gwyneth Paltrow that was filmed in part in Golden Valley and Lake Havasu City has been released.

However, a publicist for "View from the Top" said she does not know whether the scene of Paltrow on a motorcycle in Golden Valley has been edited out of the movie.

Melanie Jones Anderson of Allied McDonald Entertainment of Cave Creek said she does not know because the production director quit.

Paltrow filmed the scene on Egar Road in Golden Valley in January 2001.

The scenes filmed in Lake Havasu City made the final cut, Anderson said.

"View from the Top" appeared at a Lake Havasu City cinema beginning Friday, but there are no immediate plans to air the movie in Kingman, according to a cinema employee.

The movie, produced by Miramax, is rated PG-13 for language and sexual references.

Efforts to arrange interviews with Paltrow or other actors appearing in the film were unsuccessful.

"They have done some television publicity, but the talent is not available at this time" for interviews, Anderson said.

"I think it is just a matter of availability."

Paltrow plays a flight attendant named Donna Jensen who takes a job with Sierra Airlines in Fresno, Calif., which serves Laughlin, Nev.

The character has high hopes for the future and dreams about becoming a "first-class flight attendant," according to a description posted on the Web site for the film.

Also starring are Christina Applegate, Mark Ruffalo, Candice Bergen, Kelly Preston, Mike Myers and Rob Lowe.

"View from the Top" has been panned by The Associated Press and other reviewers.

AP reviewer Ben Nuckols described "View from the Top" as a "sputtering, underfueled slapstick romance."

Referring to Paltrow, he wrote, "If all she wanted to do was show up and get paid, she probably could have found a bigger-budget movie where phoning it in would have been acceptable."

The reviewer wrote that director Bruno Barreto miscast Paltrow as an ex-showgirl's daughter who grew up in a trailer in the Nevada desert.

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