Coyote Ugly
Dir: David McNally
Star: Piper Perabo, John Goodman, Adam Garcia, Maria Bello, Tyra Banks
Cert / Year: 12 - PG-13/ 2000
Format: VIDEO

Coyote Ugly, is a nicey nice movie about an American small town girl, in this case Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo). Violet decides that after living in the same small midwestern town all her life, making and serving pizza's at a local diner, that she should follow her dream and moves to New York City, to seek her fame and fortune as a songwriter (don't they all). She gets to New York and moves into a dingy apartment building, and after giving it a good scrub, she sets about composing her music, on the roof though because her neighbours don't really appreciate music through the thin walls of their apartment. Violet soon discovers that you can't just take a demo tape in of your music and get a deal just like that, as she is told by a typically condescending receptionist at "William Morris Music", that if she wants her music to be heard by someone in the industry she should play her music at an "open mike night" at one of the many local clubs. That would be fine apart from the fact that Violet suffers from a bad case of stage fright. So when she manages to get a slot at a club to perform, she freaks out a little and runs off stage before she can perform. During her rites of passage in the big city, she meets Kevin, (Adam Garcia) a fast food cook at a club, who she originally mistakes for a music manager for the club (thanks to a mischievous bartender). After making a fool of herself and giving him a demo tape, Violet a little demoralised returns home to discover that she has been burgled. All of her possesions including the secret stash of money she had hidden in the freezer is gone. Violet is faced with the possibility of having to return home a failure. But after hearing the tape that she left with him, Kevin is impressed and as well as obviously harbouring a certain desire for her offers to try and help her out. Whilst she considers her options, Violet retreats to an all night diner to think. Whilst there she sees three beautiful girls (No!, not Charlies Angels), Zoe, Rachel and Cammie (Tyra Banks, Bridget Moynahan & Izabella Miko) who look mighty fine and have wads of money. Violet learns from the waiter at the diner that the girls are "coyotes" which is an affectionate name for the barmaids at a trendy local club called "Coyote Ugly". After seeing the amount of cash that the girls have made in one night, Violet realises that she can replace everything that she lost and make some money to live until she can get a music deal. Violet also learns that one of the coyotes is leaving the bar thus creating a job opening, so the following morning Violet goes to the bar to apply for a job. After an awkward first meeting with the owner/manageress, Lil (Maria Bello) Violet gets an "audition" for a job starting that night. Violet soon discovers that bar work isn't easy, and the "in your face" theme of the bar is at first difficult for her grasp, but she has to in order to survive in the big city.

Ok, I know that Coyote Ugly, isn't exactly a Cult film and to be brutally honest it is a "chick flick". But, this delightful romantic comedy (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!) is a kitsch but entertaining watch. There are some good gags and fun poking littered throughout, primarily aimed at the music industry, although basically a small town girl making good in the city it is light hearted and doesn't devote all of the running time to the soppy stuff.

The film is well directed by David McNally with some nice set pieces, although the whole "chick flick" thing is terribly predictable. On the plus side the film has a cool soundtrack and some of the music is most excellent, the first song you hear in the club is "Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard. The film is full of very sexy and beautiful women, supermodel Tyra Banks, Bridget Moynahan, Izabella Miko, Piper Perabo and Maria Bello (Payback) there are some good performances. Personally though, I would have to say that John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, CHUD) does steal the film, playing some memorably funny scenes which really help to make the film. Although I must admit, seeing a bevvy of slinky beauties strutting on top of a bar and throwing various liquids across themselves suggestively is likely to be a major draw for some hot blooded younger viewers. If you are in the right mood or on a date, then Coyote Ugly is a fun and enjoyable watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Reviewed by Logan Back Top Home