Kaley Cuoco Ascends to Lead Actress in Hilarious The Flight Attendant
The Flight Attendant. Available now on HBO Max.
Perpetually besotted flight attendant Cassie Bowden is used to waking up in a vodka haze next to men she doesn’t know, or men she does know and wishes she didn’t. When one charmless member of her crew comes around hoping for a second helping, she tries to beg off: “I was very drunk.” Replies the crewman, puzzled at the rebuff: “When aren’t you drunk?”
Yet she has no clue how far out of control her life has careened until one morning when the body next to hers has a cut throat and her hands are covered in blood.
“I am not that kind of drunk!” she gasps to herself while frantically mopping up the gore. “I’m a public-nudity, yelling-in-the-subway kind of drunk.” But the conundrum of The Flight Attendant is, how does a blackout-drunk know what she does when she’s blacked out?
Maybe that should be, the central conundrum, because The Flight Attendant is many things besides a whodunnit. It’s a blackly hilarious comedy, a grim character study, a slow unraveling of a troubling past, a dazzling coming-out party for comedienne Kaley Cuoco as a lead actress and, yeah, a vexatiously fascinating murder mystery. You won’t be able to take your eyes off of it.
In The Flight Attendant, Cuoco stars as Cassie, a character who at first glance somewhat resembles the frustrate
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