It all boils down to a 12-certificate teenage magazine romance set in what amounts to a nudie bar where there's no actual nudity. Both the men in the heroine's life seriously question whether writhing suggestively for drunken lechers is an empowering activity for an independent girl but since that's more or less the film's strongest visual effect the script has to come down on the side of the girls--if not the customers. The supporting babes--Russian blonde Cammie (Izabella Miko), ferocious brunette Rachel (Bridget Moynahan) and upwardly-mobile Zoe (Tyra Banks)--gyrate and model Spice Girls cast-off gear, but make less of an impression than Melanie Lynskey (the "other one" from Heavenly Creatures) as the devoted, slightly dumpy best friend back home. Like most Jerry Bruckheimer products, it's slickly put-together, at once exciting and predictable, cut like a commercial or a pop promo, directed by a non-entity (David McNally), fantastical yet blue-collar "real" and self-destructs in the mind after viewing. --Kim Newman
On the DVD: The disc is jammed with special features and bonus material: "Search for the Stars" outlines the quest to find the young cast members; "Inside the Song" offers an analysis of the tunes, a voiceover by LeAnn Rimes and the thoughts of songwriter Diana Warren; "Coyote 101"describes the ins and outs of the bar itself, from the drink mixes to the dancers; while "Action Overload" simply shows full-force action sequences from the film. The disc also contains four deleted scenes, the LeAnn Rimes music video, "Can't fight the Moonlight", the theatrical trailer and an energetic commentary by the Coyotes themselves, Tara Banks, Maria Bello, Izabella Miko, Bridget Moynahan and Piper Perbo. Although the disc certainly doesn't scrimp on the special features front, each one tends to be fairly short and uninformative, lacking detail. The DVD itself gives the visual and audio excellence you would expect from a recent Hollywood blockbuster with a 5.1 audio ratio and crisp widescreen format of 2.35:1. --Nikki Disney
Search for the Stars
Feature: Coyote 101:
A Place To Get Ugly
Calling the Shots
Featurette: Inside The Songs
Driving With Gloria
Music Video - LeAnn Rimes
Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Dolby Surround 2.0 Russian
Subtitles: English, English for the hearing impaired, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Hebrew
The storyline is indeed a little predictable but nethertheless Coyote Ugly serves its purpose as a romping teen flick to the upmost!!! Its got some nice looking women for the men and some bitchy yet powerful female figures for the women, not to mention a reasonble male love interest.
Other reviewers comment on the fact that no one seems to be served in the bar and that they are all sober, well if you are looking for a realistic portrayal of bar life why don't you go sit in one with a video camera taping the ambience until an angry bodyguard throws you out thinking you are some strange pervert with a bar fetish!!! Realism is not what this film is aiming for a pleasent glimpse at the struggle of a song writter in New York, and if anyone finds the punters sober I suggest they watch the scene in which some of the bar maidsare near attacked by a hoard of drunken sailors on leave.
Anyway, all in all this film is perfect for a uplifting evening in. No it won't challenge your intellect and change your perception on life but it will provide a great escape from a hard day which has to be equally as valuale!!!
A pumping soundtrack and brilliant choreography make you want to start dancing on the Coyote Ugly bar with the stars. Unknown Piper Perabo is obviously destined for great things (think younger Sarah Jessica Parker) and Adam Garcia is well sexy as the prime australian rib she auctions off. Tyra Banks makes an appearance and Maria Bello gets her arguably most important role to date.
The message behind this movie goes something like: "life may suck at times, but it can be fun if it sucks with the right people". This is the film for all the underpaid, under-appreciated gophers of society. We do what we have to to get by and Coyote Ugly shows that all of us can make it.
Anyhow, with all the extras on the dvd (outtakes, documentaries, character/actor profiles) this has got to be in your collection, for girlie or guy nights in: either way you won't forget it.
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