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Film: Coyote Ugly
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Coyote Ugly was a 2000 Jerry Bruckheimer film about songwriter Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) who moves to New York City to try to make it big with her music. She ends up getting a job at a woman-run bar prominently featuring scantily clad bar-dancers teasing the male patrons. She eventually comes out of her shell with the help of her Australian boyfriend (Adam Garcia) and the girls at Coyote Ugly.

Notorious for its bait-and-switch trailer, which led viewers to believe the movie would be 90 minutes of T&A and sexy adventures, while the actual movie is a Chick Flick through and through.


This film includes examples of:

  • Ambiguously Bi: After mistakenly thinking that Violet was hitting on her, Cammy explains that she isn't a lesbian, saying that she 'played in the minors, but never went pro', indicating some past history with women that she did not commit to.
  • Bachelor Auction: First, Violet auctions off her boyfriend to repay a fine she'd caused; then, at the movie's end, she uses another Bachelor Auction as an excuse for her father to hook up with a cute redhead in whom he's interested and who's there with him, but whom he's too anxious about asking out.
  • Bar Brawl: On a couple of occasions, during one of which the jukebox is broken at the climax.
  • Cold Cash: Violet's friend tosses a wad of cash in her freezer 'in case of an emergency' (apparently not realizing that that's one of the first places burglars search, as Violet later learns the hard way).
  • Country Mouse: Violet.
  • Discreet Drink Disposal: Cammy teaches Violet a neat way of doing this.
  • Failed Audition Plot: Violet mails her demos to various record labels after moving to New York to pursue a career in the music business, only to have them all returned with no sign of interest. Working at the Coyote Ugly helps to give her the courage she needs to continue trying.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: The bar seems to run on this.
  • Faux Yay: The coyotes play up everything, including how physically intimate they are with one another, for example, Cammy and Violet sliding against one another and embracing during a bar performance of "All She Wants To Do Is Dance".
  • Flair Bartending
  • Hometown Nickname: Violet is nicknamed 'Jersey', after her home state, when she begins working at the bar.
  • Male Gaze: Might as well have been called "Male Gaze: The Movie".
  • Married to the Job: Lil. She admits it to Violet in one scene, telling her, "I'm married to that bar."
  • Meaningful Name: The violet is the state flower of New Jersey, the heroine's state of origin.
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: Arguably, Leann Rimes. Though she only appeared in the film for a short cameo, the film very prominently featured her music, to the point where it seems to be a vehicle for her sound.
  • The Place
  • Real Place Background: Coyote Ugly is an actual chain of bars. How closely the movie represents the actual atmosphere is left to the reader.
  • Rip Tailoring: Violet's first shift at the bar begins with Lil, the owner, ripping off her sleeves and the bottom two inches of her shirt, leaving her in something much more revealing and appropriate to the bar.
  • Suffers Newbies Poorly: Rachel. Early on, she tries to get Violet fired (and very nearly succeeds). Then, at the end of the movie, when another new coyote is having trouble mastering the art of Flair Bartending, she declares "Hey, Lil! I don't think your new girl's gonna hack it!", before smiling at Violet as if to say "You, on the other hand, are all right in my book."
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Both the male and female version. During the Bachelor Auction, Kevin removes his shirt and partially removes his pants. Later, Violet performs a striptease in the privacy of her bedroom to explain what stage fright feels like for her.

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alternative title(s): Coyote Ugly
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