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With dreams of becoming a songwriter, shy 21-year-old Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) leaves her home in New Jersey and strikes out for New York. Desperate and broke after her apartment is burgled, Violet lands a job at Coyote Ugly, a nightclub where the beautiful barmaids spend more time dancing on the counter than standing behind it. Violet’s demo tapes are rejected by every record label in town. But with her confidence growing, thanks to her bar-top performances and the encouragement of new boyfriend Kevin O’Donnell (Adam Garcia), Violet sets out to conquer her stage fright and perform her songs herself in order to get discovered.

There is a theory that if you sat an infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of typewriters, eventually their random pounding would produce the complete works of Shakespeare. In practice, they would probably come up with the script to Coyote Ugly.

The plot could conceivably be described as high-concept – as long as that term reaches low enough to cover “supermodels writhe on a bar while pouring jugs of water over each other’s chests.” Certainly that’s the only possible pitch the producer, action-meister Jerry Bruckheimer, could have made to the studio. Little Voice showed that, handled smartly, it is still possible to wring life from the shy-starlet-conquers-fears chestnut. Coyote Ugly just wrings the life out of the viewer, scene by excruciating scene.

The drama is from the Bold and the Beautiful school, with much posturing over empty lines. Pouting Piper Perabo carries the movie with confidence and we’ll doubtless see more of her. But watching the storyline unfold its hard to believe that Coyote Ugly ever got made, never mind released. Did Showgirls teach Hollywood nothing? Bootmen’s Adam Garcia steps up as the obligatory Australian hunk, a bevy of models led by Tyra Banks play the Coyotes and Lee Ann Rimes appears in a warbling cameo to ensure the soundtrack shifts some units. Only John Goodman as Violet’s father is really worth watching, managing to shine through the dull material whenever he’s on screen. The movie even falls down technically, with a muddy audio mix further ruining the bar scenes.

For masochists, there’s plenty more on the DVD release. Four deleted scenes show how much poorer the film could have been, LeAnn Rimes pops up again in the music video to the film’s theme song, Can’t Fight the Moonlight, and the cast and crew talk about how much fun they had and how nice everybody was. Finally you can watch the whole thing over again with even worse dialogue, courtesy of an audio commentary by the five Coyotes themselves. At least you’ll know what it sounds like to be at a supermodel slumber party by the end.”
Stuart Whitmore

Published August 9, 2001

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CAST: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, John Goodman, Maria Bello, Izabella Miko, Melanie Lynskey, Tyra Banks, Bridget Moynahan

DIRECTOR: David McNally

RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista Home Entertainment


Widescreen feature presentation; Theatrical trailer; Audio commentary; Music Video; 4 additional scenes; Making of featurettes: Search for the stars, Inside the songs, Coyote 101; Action montage; Subtitles: English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic, Hebrew

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