Coyote Ugly (film)

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Coyote Ugly
Coyote ugly poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David McNally
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Chad Oman
Written by Gina Wendkos
Kevin Smith (uncredited)
Starring Piper Perabo
Adam Garcia
Maria Bello
Izabella Miko
Tyra Banks
John Goodman
Music by Trevor Horn
Cinematography Amir M. Mokri
Editing by William Goldenberg
Studio Touchstone Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates August 4, 2000
Running time 100 minutes
107 minutes (Director's Cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45,000,000
Box office $113,916,474

Coyote Ugly is a 2000 romantic comedy/drama based on the actual Coyote Ugly Saloon, set in New York City. The film stars Piper Perabo and Adam Garcia. It was directed by David McNally, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman and written by Gina Wendkos.

Plot[edit]

Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) leaves her hometown of South Amboy, New Jersey, her father Bill (John Goodman), and best friend Gloria (Melanie Lynskey) to pursue her dreams of becoming a songwriter in nearby New York City. The pizza shop where she works has a wall covered with the autographs of employees that left, hoping to make it big, and Violet adds hers to the wall.

Violet tries unsuccessfully, dozens of times, to get her demo tape noticed by the recording studios. One night, she tries to get herself noticed by a music industry scout. The bartender jokingly points out Kevin O'Donnell (Adam Garcia), making her believe that he is the bar owner. When the joke is discovered, Violet feels that Kevin was making a fool out of her. With only a few dollars left in her pocket after her apartment is robbed, she goes to an all-night diner and notices three girls, Cammie (Izabella Miko), Rachel (Bridget Moynahan), and Zoe (Tyra Banks), flaunting the hundreds of dollars in tips they earned. After inquiring, she finds out that they work at a trendy bar named Coyote Ugly.

She finds her way to the bar and convinces the bar owner Lil (Maria Bello) to give her an audition. Violet's first audition does not go well; but after breaking up a fight between two customers, Lil agrees to give her a second audition. At her second audition, Violet douses the fire warden in water costing Lil $250. In order to keep her job, she has to make up $250 in one night. Kevin turns up at the bar to give Violet her tape back, but ends up being auctioned off to one of the women in the bar. In order to pay off her debt to Kevin, Violet agrees to go on four dates with him. The two begin a relationship.

Kevin commits himself to helping Violet overcome her stage fright so that she can sell her music. It is discovered that Violet's stage fright is inherited from her mother who also came to New York to be a singer. It is also discovered that Violet can sing to songs that aren't her own. We learn this when she sings on the bar in the bar in order to save the necks of Cammie and Rachel who were trying to break up a fight between the customers.

One night a patron takes a picture of Violet in the middle of a raunchy move and with water pouring on her. When the picture appears in the paper, Violet's father happens to see it and gets angry at her. She continues to pursue her dream, though, and performs at an open mic night at the Bowery Ballroom with the "Coyotes" from the Coyote Ugly saloon, her father, her best friend, and Kevin all there for moral support. The performance goes over very well and she finally lands a deal with a record label.

The film concludes back at Coyote Ugly with LeAnn Rimes, as a Coyote, singing Violet's song. Violet joins in as her father and Kevin watch from the audience.

Cast[edit]

Title[edit]

The film was based on an article, "The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon", in GQ by Elizabeth Gilbert,[1] who worked as a bartender in the East Village.[2] The bar which opened in 1993 quickly became a favorite of the Lower East Side hipsters.

As mentioned in the movie, the slang term "coyote ugly" refers to the feeling of waking up after a one-night stand, and discovering that your arm is underneath someone who is so physically repulsive that you would gladly chew it off without waking the person just so you can get away without being discovered. Coyotes are known to gnaw off limbs if they are stuck in a trap in order to facilitate escape.

Production[edit]

Kevin Smith, who did an uncredited rewrite of the script, stated that a total of eight writers worked on the script while the Writers Guild of America only gave credit to Gina Wendkos, who wrote the first draft of the script, which, according to Smith, scarcely resembles the final film.[3] (See WGA screenwriting credit system.)

Early on, before the producers decided to cast mostly unknown actors for the movie, the lead role of Violet Sanford was offered to pop singer Jessica Simpson, who turned it down.[4]

Reception[edit]

Coyote Ugly was generally panned by critics,[5][6] who saw it as little more than an excuse to portray "hot, sexy women dancing on a bar in a wet T-shirt contest."[7] It currently holds a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 95 reviews. VH1 made a statement about Rimes' appearance in the film stating, "Rimes [herself], who is only 17 years old, was sporting leather pants and a skimpy top and in all likelihood, even with a fake ID, would never have been allowed inside any NYC bar."[8]

Unrated edition[edit]

In the summer of 2005, an unrated special edition of the film (the original release was rated PG-13 and the director's cut rated R) was released on DVD. The extended cut adds approximately six minutes to the film's runtime, most of which consists of additional shots of the "coyotes" dancing on the bar and of Violet and Cammie (Izabella Miko) trying on different outfits while shopping. Arguably, the most notable additions are the extension of the sex scene between Violet and Kevin (Piper Perabo used a body double for most of the scene), and the inclusion of an additional scene which shows the "Coyotes" winning a softball game because Cammie distracts the pitcher by stripping. (The special features of the extended cut DVD are identical with those of the previous DVD release.)

Box office[edit]

The film opened at No. 4 at the North American box office making US$17.3 million in its opening weekend behind Space Cowboys, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps and Hollow Man. It went on to gross $60.7 million domestically and $53.2 million around the world to a total of $113.9 million worldwide, becoming a box office success.

Soundtracks[edit]

The film's soundtrack features Violet's four songs from the movie, performed by LeAnn Rimes and written by Diane Warren, as well as several other songs not exclusive to the film. It achieved gold status within one month[9] of its release on August 1, 2000[10] and platinum status on November 7, 2000.[9] On April 18, 2001 the soundtrack was certified 2x Platinum and on January 9, 2002 it was certified 3x Platinum. The soundtrack was certified 4x Platinum on July 22, 2008,[9] was certified 5x Platinum (500,000 units) in Canada[11] and gold (100,000 units) in Japan in 2002.[12]

Three singles were released from the soundtrack, all three by LeAnn Rimes, "Can't Fight the Moonlight" which achieved gold status, became a nearly instant hit on the radio charts and peaked at #11 on The Billboard Hot 100,[13] "But I Do Love You" and "The Right Kind of Wrong".[14]

A second soundtrack, More Music from Coyote Ugly, with more songs that appeared in the film and remixes of two of Rimes' songs, followed on January 28, 2003.[15]

Although Piper Perabo was able to sing for her character, it was decided that LeAnn Rimes would provide Violet's singing voice, albeit with a deliberate deviation from her natural vocal range. This means that during LeAnn's cameo in the movie, she is effectively duetting with herself.

Coyote Ugly soundtrack[edit]

Coyote Ugly
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released August 1, 2000
Genre Pop
Length 44:27
Label Curb
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathy Nelson, Mike Curb, Trevor Horn, Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladayi, Ralph Jezzard, Snap!, John Boylan, Micheal Lloyd, Don Cook, Chris Waters, Brad Gilderman, Harvey Mason, Jr.
Singles from Coyote Ugly
  1. "Can't Fight the Moonlight"
    Released: August 22, 2000 (2000-08-22)
  2. "But I Do Love You"
    Released: February 9, 2001 (2001-02-09)[16]
  3. "The Right Kind of Wrong"
    Released: 2001 (2001)[14]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[17]
Entertainment Weekly D[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Recording artist(s) Length
1. "Can't Fight the Moonlight"   LeAnn Rimes 3:35
2. "Please Remember"   LeAnn Rimes 4:34
3. "The Right Kind Of Wrong"   LeAnn Rimes 3:47
4. "But I Do Love You"   LeAnn Rimes 3:21
5. "All She Wants To Do Is Dance"   Don Henley 4:30
6. "Unbelievable"   EMF 3:30
7. "The Power"   Snap! 3:40
8. "Need You Tonight"   INXS 3:10
9. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"   The Charlie Daniels Band 3:36
10. "Boom Boom Boom"   Rare Blend 3:22
11. "Didn't We Love"   Tamara Walker 3:24
12. "We Can Get There" (TP2K Hot Radio Mix) Mary Griffin 3:59
Total length:
44:27

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000/01) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[19] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[19] 2
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[19] 7
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[19] 43
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian Albums Chart 4
Danish Albums Chart[19] 6
Dutch Albums Chart[19] 60
Finnish Albums Chart[19] 9
French Albums Chart[19] 117
Norwegian Albums Chart[19] 3
Spanish Albums Chart[19] 47
Swedish Albums Chart[19] 29
Swiss Albums Chart[19] 9
US Billboard 200 9
US Billboard Top Country Albums 1
US Billboard Soundtracks 3
Preceded by
1 by The Beatles
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
January 22 – March 4, 2001
Succeeded by
The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem
Preceded by
Burn
by Jo Dee Messina
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 26 – October 6, 2000
Succeeded by
George Strait
by George Strait
Preceded by
Greatest Hits
by Tim McGraw
Top Country Albums number-one album
February 10–16, 2001
Succeeded by
I Need You
by LeAnn Rimes
Preceded by
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
by Various Artists
Top Country Albums number-one album
April 28 – May 4, 2001
Succeeded by
Steers & Stripes
by Brooks & Dunn
Preceded by
Breathe
by Faith Hill
RPM Country Albums number-one album
September 11 – November 12, 2000
Succeeded by
none

More Music from Coyote Ugly[edit]

More Music from Coyote Ugly
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released January 28, 2003
Genre Pop
Length 40:34
Label Curb
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathy Nelson, Mike Curb, Trevor Horn, Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladayi, Ralph Jezzard, Snap!, John Boylan, Micheal Lloyd, Don Cook, Chris Waters, Brad Gilderman, Harvey Mason, Jr.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Recording artist(s) Length
1. "One Way or Another"   Blondie 3:31
2. "Rebel Yell"   Billy Idol 4:47
3. "Rock This Town"   Stray Cats 2:39
4. "Keep Your Hands to Yourself"   The Georgia Satellites 3:22
5. "Out Of My Head"   Fastball 2:33
6. "Battle Flag" (Lo-Fidelity Allstars Remix) Pigeonhed  
7. "It Takes Two"   Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock 5:00
8. "Love Machine"   The Miracles 2:59
9. "We Can Get There" (Almighty Radio Edit) Mary Griffin 3:59
Bonus tracks
No. Title Recording artist(s) Length
10. "Can't Fight the Moonlight" (Graham Stack Radio Edit) LeAnn Rimes 3:30
11. "But I Do Love You" (Almighty Radio Edit) LeAnn Rimes 4:02
Total length:
40:34

Other songs in the film[edit]

The following songs appear in the movie, but on neither of the two soundtracks that were released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon". GQ. March 1997. Retrieved Feb 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lucky me". The Guardian. 10 January 2009. Retrieved Feb 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kevin on his involvement in 'Coyote Ugly'". The View Askewniverse. Retrieved October 7, 2005. 
  4. ^ "Simpson Was Scared Of Failure". contactmusic.com. Retrieved October 7, 2005. 
  5. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  6. ^ "MetaCritic". MetaCritic. 2000-08-04. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  7. ^ "7M Pictures Review". 7mpictures.com. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  8. ^ "LeAnn Rimes : LEANN RIMES: UNDERAGE AND DANCING ON THE COYOTE UGLY BAR - Rhapsody Music Downloads". VH1.com. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  9. ^ a b c "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  10. ^ "Coyote Ugly (2000 Film): Various Artists - Soundtrack: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  11. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – October 2002". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  12. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2003年3月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. March 2003 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese) (Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan) 522: 13. May 10, 2003. Archived from the original on January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ "LeAnn Rimes: Artist Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 12, 2006. 
  14. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Right Kind of Wrong - Remixes - Single by LeAnn Rimes". Itunes.apple.com. 1982-08-28. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  15. ^ "More Music From Coyote Ugly: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  16. ^ Country Corner. Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ Phares, Heather (2000-08-01). "Coyote Ugly - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  18. ^ Reviewed by Laura Morgan (2000-09-04). "Coyote Ugly Soundtrack Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "australian-charts.com - Coyote Ugly Soundtrack". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  20. ^ by Rovi (2003-01-28). "More Music from Coyote Ugly - Original Soundtrack : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 

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