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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages. Difficulties, challenges in trying to become a successful songwriter new to New York City are shown. Women (and a man) are objectified for money.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models. The clichés of the story prevent Violet from being a positive role model for aspiring songwriters.
Violence & Scariness
Some scuffles and punches, character injured by a car off-camera. Bar fights shown: punches, broken bottles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scene between the male and female lead: breasts shown, buttocks only covered by a thong. Sexual innuendo in the dialogue: bartender talks of how, after they had a fight, "we made up ... twice." The term "Coyote Ugly" is defined by the owner of the bar; it involves waking up next to a one-night stand. Talk of how there was "not a dry seat in the house" when Kevin danced on the bar as the female bar patrons ogled him and made bids in an auction to spend the evening with him. Sexually provocative dancing.
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Occasional profanity: "d--k," "bitch," "hell," "ass." Sexual innuendo in the dialogue. Sex-themed one-liners like "not a dry seat in the house."
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Products & Purchases
Gratuitous product placement in some scenes: Lean Cuisine and Irish Spring referenced directly. McDonald's, KFC, and Pepto Bismol products clearly shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many scenes in a bar in which patrons binge drink and act drunk -- getting into fights, making unwanted sexual advances. Binge drinking is glamorized and glorified.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Coyote Ugly is a 2000 movie in which Piper Perabo plays a struggling songwriter in New York City who finds work as a bartender in a raucous dive bar. There's one sex scene between the male and female lead in which breasts are shown, and female buttocks are covered only by a thong. Violet does something of a striptease for her beau, ostensibly to make him nervous. There are a number of jokes about the girls' sexual availability but no evidence that they engage in casual sex. Occasional sex-themed insinuations and one-liners are heard. Infrequent profanity includes "d--k," "bitch," "hell," and "ass." Drinking, even drinking to excess, is handled lightheartedly, and drinking hard liquor is considered a sign of strength. Bar fights are shown, with punches and broken bottles. Gratuitous product placement occurs in some scenes: characters shown eating from clearly marked fast-food packages, and dialogue that directly mentions products. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The people behind Flashdance have delivered another movie with about the same level of believability, but with a little less flash and a lot less dance. You won't see much dance on-screen. There are no full-fledged dance numbers, just snippets of glorious long legs stomping on the bar and glimpses of glorious upper bodies as the girls hose down the paying customers. And fair warning up front: The delectable Tyra Banks appears as a Coyote bartender very briefly before going off to finish law school(!).
Flashdance gave us, unforgettably, the steel welder who wanted to be a ballerina and made extra money doing elaborate postmodern erotic dances in a working-class bar in Pittsburgh. Coyote Ugly gives us a pizza waitress from New Jersey who wants to make it as a songwriter in the big city. She is too shy to sing her songs in public, so of course she gets a job that requires her to be an exhibitionist, in the working-class bar of the title, famous for its glorious bartenders and the way they display their glory. Think Cocktail starring the Spice Girls.
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