Genre Grandeur – Coyote Ugly (2000) – Ten Stars or Less

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – New York Films That Take Place Prior to 9/11, here’s a review of Coyote Ugly (2000) by Ryan of Ten Stars or Less

Thanks again to Darren Lucas of Movie Reviews 101 for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Ryan of Ten Stars or Less and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies Directed by the Main Actor/Actress.

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Let’s see what Ryan thought of this movie:


Coyote Ugly is a movie that everyone should see at least once. Whether you are into girls wearing sexy attire and dancing in bars or love a good soundtrack, there is really something for literally everyone to enjoy about this film. When you strip away all the glamour in the movie, you are left with a story about a girl chasing her dreams and overcoming the obstacles in her way to find success and happiness. I’ve been watching Coyote Ugly since its release 22 years ago because it’s a fun and memorable film. There are great performances by Piper Pierbo, Maria Bello, John Goodman, and Bridget Moynahan. Also, if you like LeAnn Rimes, stick around for the film’s final act because she will be signing and dancing in the bar too. The nightlife in New York City is not for the faint of heart. Not everyone will make it despite their best intentions; however, if they catch a break here and there and never give up, the city that never sleeps can be a place of dreams. Violet comes from New Jersey, and the city does its best to keep kicking her down a notch or two, but her character has a burning desire to make something out of nothing, thanks to her heart of gold. The supporting cast is fantastic, with Bello standing out the most. Andy Garcia is the love interest with a lot of screen time; however, Bello’s performance as Lil is part of the reason you remember the movie. There are bosses out there who live and die with their business. They can be considered over-aggressive or unbearable; however, when your reputation is on the line, you’ll act accordingly, whether it is acceptable or not. Lil may be as tough as they come, yet she does have a soft spot and is open to new things despite the cold and heartless exterior. Moynahan’s character Rachel is also just as memorable. She’s excellent for sarcastic comments and over-the-top behavior. You get to enjoy moments when she’s on-screen because she’s the exact opposite of Violet, who is so happy-go-lucky. Cammi (Izabella Miko) is also funny, but I’ve always felt she was included as the blonde hair eye candy to get more guys to watch the film. Whether you’ve already seen Coyote Ugly or continue to watch it regularly, the film was a hit, doubling its production budget in ticket sales. The soundtrack also succeeded, giving Rimes another feather in her cap since she wrote some new material for the film. As I mentioned in the opening, this is such an enjoyable film that everyone should give it a chance someday. 8/10


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