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Coyote Ugly

movie review out of 4 Movie Review: Coyote Ugly

Starring: Piper Perabo, Maria Bello
Director: David McNally
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 110 Minutes
Release Date: August 2000
Genres: Comedy, Drama

*Also starring: Tyra Banks, Bridget Moynahan, Izabella Miko, Adam Garcia, John Goodman, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Alexi-Malle

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Review by Susan Granger
1 star out of 4

Adding a new finale, a flashy musical number at the hip, rowdy bar where the exhibitionistic young women work, caused this Jerry Bruckheimer film to almost miss its August 4th opening date. And - who knows? - perhaps it was the only fitting conclusion to this cinematic amalgam of Hooters, "Cocktail" and "Flashdance," written by Gina Wendkos and directed by David McNally, a veteran of TV commercials. Newcomer Piper Perabo stars as a naive, 21 year-old aspiring New Jersey singer-songwriter who ventures across the Hudson River to seek fame and fortune as a barmaid in Manhattan's gritty, high-energy Coyote Ugly bar, strutting her seductive shots-and-beer stuff under the watchful eye of bar owner Maria Bello, who mandates: "You are to appear to be available but never be available. Other tantalizing, dancing "coyotes" include Izabella Miko, Bridget Moynahan and model Tyra Banks. Coyote Ugly's a treasure chest (pardon the pun!) of unruly, bizarre behavior - like hosing down the crowd if someone orders water, even setting fire to the bar - but that's about the only interesting thing in this otherwise dull, wretchedly cliche-filled movie. Predictably, there's a skeptical guy Piper falls for - Adam Garcia. Her apartment gets robbed and her nice-guy, widower dad, played by John Goldman, is hospitalized - yawn! There's a sexual tease with tight, revealing costumes but no nudity. It's rated PG-13. The sound-track rocks loudly even if it doesn't exactly roll - with singer LeAnn Rimes dubbing Piper Perabo's voice and making a cameo appearance near the end of the film. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Coyote Ugly" is an undulating, sappy 3. If you want to find the REAL Coyote Ugly watering hole, it's on 10th Avenue in the East Village.

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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