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65 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2000
Format: DVD
"Coyote Ugly" has to be the best romantic dramedy this year, even though this year has had it's share of bad romances-Autumn in New York, Down to You and The Next Best Thing just to name a few. The bar dancing scenes are incredible accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack including one of my favorites, "Pour Some Sugar on Me". Plus there are two new great songs from LeAnn Rimes,who is also in the movie, but I'm not reviewing the soundtrack so I'll skip this. And that's just the stuff you see in the previews. What you don't see on the surface through the previews are the great performances from newcomer Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia and the always great John Goodman. the story is mainly about Piper Perabo's character, nicknamed Jersey, who goes into the big city trying to get someone to perform her well written songs. She runs into several problems with a new boyfriend, some disagreements with her father, and many crazy encounters at the bar "Coyote Ugly". The title is explained in the movie to mean when you go home with a one night stand after a night of big drinking and you wake up with someone so ugly that you would rather chew your arm off than wake them up to know you're leaving. Believe me, you're not going to feel that way leaving this one! BUY THIS MOVIE!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2001
Format: DVD
Coyote Ugly is a nice movie,and although it may not be apparent from the trailer or the pictures from the movie,there is a fine story included,to add to the pleasure of seeing beautiful ladies dancing to great songs on the top of a bar.
It is the story of a young lady,Violet,who leaves South Amboy N.J. and goes to New York to become a famous songwriter.There is one slight problem though,she has stagefright and it is not easy to make people hear your songs if you can not sing them.On top of that,her house gets robbed and she runs out of money.At that point,she learns about the bar named Coyote Ugly (why would a bar be named like that?) and gets a chance to work there.In the meantime,she also meets Kevin O'Donnel,a young Australian and a love interest starts between them.The rest is the funny adaptation of Violet to the crazy and wild environment of Coyote Ugly and her struggle to overcome her stagefright to finally make it to the bigtime.
The songs are definitely worth mentioning,both because they are important to the story of Violet and because they are really beautiful.Leanne Rimes is the voice of Violet singing and she does a great job altering her voice to make us believe that it is really Violet singing.
The DVD includes a lot of extras,and also some deleted scenes which for me are the most important element of any dvd's bonus features.
Just don't bother with how cheesy the storyline is,and how much this movie looks like a lot of movies we have seen before.Then I guarantee you will have fun watching Coyote Ugly.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2000
A talented young woman from New Jersey, filled with hope and desire, moves to New York to chase her dreams of becoming a songwriter in "Coyote Ugly," directed by David McNally and starring Piper Perabo. Against the wishes of her father, Bill (John Goodman), but with his acquiescent approval, Violet (Perabo) begins her quest and soon learns what every aspiring newcomer to show business discovers: It's tough out there. Soon, in order to pay the rent and keep the dream alive, on a tip she seeks employment in a bar called Coyote Ugly; the owner, Lil (Maria Bello) lets her "audition (work one night)" to see if she can handle their kind of action. It's a tough gig, but Violet knows she's going to have to make certain sacrifices if she's to succeed. And that is really what this movie is all about: Personal character, having the tenacity to maintain ideals and dignity, and deciding what and how much one must be willing to sacrifice to achieve one's goals; and most importantly, having enough heart to see it all through. Perabo gives a winning performance as Violet; she's fresh, somewhat naive (but not entirely), and the way she presents her character makes it easy to connect with her right away. She becomes someone you care about quickly, and there are moments early on, especially when she first arrives in New York, that allow you to emphasize with her immediately. There's a fragility about her, but at the same time she exhibits a strength of character and sense of morality that is becoming; and being able to convey this level of complexity convincingly is a tribute to her ability as an actress. John Goodman also does a good job as her father, a caring bear of a man who obviously has nothing but the best intentions for his daughter at heart. His performance, and the way the situation of his having to let Violet go is handled makes it believable, and helps create an emotional bond between them and the audience. It's something with which many will be able to identify, and it becomes one of the underlying strengths of the film. One of the weaknesses of this project comes, not from the movie itself, but from the "promotion" of the movie; in this case the theatrical trailer, which is a gross misrepresentation of what "Coyote Ugly" really is. Certainly the "coyotes" and the bar are a significant part of the film, and it's all exceptionally well and tastefully done, and is a fun part of the movie and definitely gives it some life; but I think the presentation in the trailer will do more to alienate a cross-section of audience that ultimately would appreciate this movie, but initially at least will not even see it, and only because of a misconception caused by the preview. It must be noted that this is a PG-13; there is nary a profane word, and no sex or nudity in it. It is an upbeat, entertaining film that should be readily embraced by a much wider audience than one would expect simply from seeing the trailer. The excellent supporting cast includes Adam Garcia (Kevin), Izabella Miko (Cammie), Melanie Lynskey (Gloria), Bridget Moynahan (Rachel), Tyra Banks (Zoe) and LeAnn Rimes (In a cameo as herself). Hopefully, if only by word-of-mouth, this movie will gain the audience it deserves. Reminiscent of "Flashdance," there is a universal theme here of having a dream and going for it. In the final analysis, "Coyote Ugly" is a decent film that will appeal to anyone who's ever had or pursued a dream. Do yourself a favor, put any preconceived notions aside and check this one out; I think you'll be glad you did.
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46 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2000
Format: DVD
This "Coyote" ain't "Ugly"! Actually the thing that you may mainly be fooled by is the trailer-"Is this a plotless, PG-13 version of "Showgirls"?" Actually it's not. The people that actually decided to see it(which was no small amount-$60 million worth) found that it was about a young female songwriter,played exceptionally well by rising star Piper Perabo, who moves into the big city trying to sell her music and finds herself working and the craziest bar since the Ti--y Twister in "From Dusk Till Dawn". Of course the men will be more than entertained by the hot, dancing barmaids which make some great "action" scenes for the film, but what for the women? The women actually get more out of it than the men. A great plot-the storyline mentioned earlier plus getting rid of stage fright, setting things straight with her father, finding how far a true love would go. Great overall movie, good characters, good acting, good setting. Truely a good movie for everyone. Just go see it! Deserves at least a rental but my DVD collection wouldn't be perfect without it! "Coyote Ugly"!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2001
Format: DVD
I went into this film with not one clue as to what it was about. I had heard Jessica Simpson was up for a role at one stage and assumed it was to be your typical teen-flick for young, annoying girls - I was dead-wrong. As a huge movie fan, and one who enjoys strong stories like Seven and American History X, I can assure you that it takes a lot to impress me. I'm not saying this is an original story, or that it packs a punch like those two films, but it certainly is an enjoyable film with strong characters that you really come to like very quickly. Maria Bello is fantastic as the straight-talking owner of Coyote Ugly, and Adam Garcia plays a sweet and noble comic collector to perfection. Don't trust the reviews that say this is crap - the story is solid, the cast is flawless and the music will have you out to buy the soundtrack in no time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2001
Format: DVD
Coyote Ugly is a fantastic movie that not only incorporates that typical... guy finds girl, loses girl, gets girl back... chick flick storyline, but also a whole lot of fun and excitement. It was in my opinion, one of the cutest and funnest movies of 2000. Piper (Violet-leading actress) played the right role for the part. She has an innocent face that's hard not to fall in love with. As for the leading actor, he too shines in his part, with his down to earth personality that depicts the hard-working population of society. I highly recommend this movie, not only for the so called, "hot babes," (as many males would describe it) but for the countless breathtaking moments of desire for sweet love. If you're a romantic, you'll surely LOVE this movie, because I know I did. Leann Rimes really fit in great in the picture also. Her songs worked magic upon the atmosphere of the movie. I even have the soundtrack! Anyhow, I hope all of you watch this movie because I'm sure both guys and girls will enjoy it, and maybe you'll appreciate your significant other afterwards... or strive to reach your career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2005
Format: DVD
Piper Perabo is an aspiring songwriter who moves to New York City to follow her dreams. Having trouble getting her foot in the door, she ends up working at a wild bar where the female patrons dance around on the bar in wet T-shirts to cheesy cheerleader anthems. John Goodman turns in an enjoyable performance as Perabo's overprotective father. Those expecting an edgier and more adult-oriented version of "Coyote Ugly" with its new "unrated cut" may want to save their money. With the exception of an added sex scene involving Piper Perabo and Adam Garcia (Perabo's nude shots were filmed with a "double"), the movie is still "PG-13" country. It's the same sexually-suggestive but far from edgy content you'll find in the theatrical cut.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2000
The girls of COYOTE UGLY were terrific. I only wish we could've seen more of them. The story revolves around PIPER PERABO who is an aspiring songwriter in new York with no money. Her dad in Jersey (John Goodman) wants her back home. She meets a guy, of course, and it revolvs around them two and her trying to get her music career started.
The scenes at the bar are of course the best....lots of fun and sexy scenes. While this is rated pg-13 so there is no nudity or sex scenes...there are some scenes at the bar and with the two main leads that are pretty hot....a CAMEO by Patrick SWAYZE too, you'll see what I mean.
Also Leanne RIMES who did the voice of the lead when she sings is awesome. . . where did the little country girl go....you'll see her in the film as well...she's hot!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2001
Format: DVD
The previews of Coyote Ugly looked pretty good, so I went out and rented the DVD. The movie turned out to be pretty good, as long as you let your brain take a rest.
The storyline of the movie seems pretty basic: young girl goes to New York to make it big as a songwriter, and ends up working in a bar to make ends meet. The bar isn't just any bar though, it's Coyote Ugly, where the barmaids dance on top of the bar and hose down anyone asking for water. Eventually she finds herself a sexy Australian boyfriend and gets the chance to perform her song.
The movie is actually pretty entertaining, Piper Perabo makes an excellent Violet, and John Goodman is good as her father. Coyote Ugly makes me wish there were bars where I lived like that; I'd have a reason to go to one if there were. The soundtrack has a lot of upbeat music, which helps the movie keep its upbeat feel.
I found two disappointments in the movie, the first being that Piper Perabo doesn't sing in the movie; Leanne Rhimes does all the singing. I was hoping Perabo would sing, as there don't seem to be a lot of actors that sing and act anymore.
The second disappointment was the lack of character development in everyone but Violet and her father. They're fairly well developed, you know about how Violet grew up, and how he father acts towards her, but the other barmaids, the boyfriend, and the owner of the bar seem one dimensional. You know that the barmaid that's leaving (Tyra Banks) is going to law school, one barmaid has problems with anger management, and the other one is a blond tease. That's about it though, and the owner isn't any better. She only keeps things in the bar that she drinks, and if you have the DVD and watch the deleted scenes, you find out how she got the bar. The boyfriend (Adam Garcia) is probably the third best developed character in the movie, but they don't really develop him until near the end.
All in all, Coyote Ugly is a good movie to watch, as long as you're not the type to pick apart movies. It doesn't have a heavy plot, and there's enough eye candy for both sexes to make the movie worth watching for most people.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2001
Format: DVD
Let's begin with what this movie is NOT: It isn't Academy material nor is it a cure for cancer. It IS a fun, romantic (and yes, sometimes cliched) fairy tale about attractive young people pursuing dreams. The performances are credible and the music propels the story along at a pace that keeps you from concentrating too much on the paper-thin plot line. For those gray days when you need entertainment that lifts the spirit even if it doesn't tax the mind, this movie fills the bill. Remember "Dirty Dancing", "Footloose" and "Flashdance"? If you like these movies (and I do), sit back, dispend disbelief and just enjoy the exuberant show!
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