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Coyote Ugly (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 4 August 2000 (USA)
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Aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford, after getting a job at a women-run NYC bar that teases its male patrons, comes out of her shell.



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Sexy, romantic comedy about a girl in her early 20s named Violet Sanford going to NYC to pursue a dream of becoming a songwriter. Violet gets a "day" job as a bar maid at a nightclub called Coyote Ugly. Coyote Ugly is the city's newest hot spot where the employees are a team of sexy, resourceful women that provoke the clientele and press with their mischief. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coyote Bar  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,319,282 (USA) (4 August 2000)


$60,786,269 (USA) (5 January 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Izabella Miko (Cammy) originally auditioned for the role of Violet. See more »


At the studio, after Violet tells Kevin to disappear, he goes to turn off the light and blow out the candle. In one shot the lights in the background are still on, but after the candle is blown, the lights in the background are off. See more »


Kevin: What do you do when you realize all your dreams have come true?
Violet: Pay off old debts.
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Referenced in The Office: Niagara: Part 1 (2009) See more »


Wherever You Go
Written by Aaron Kamin and Alex Band
Performed by Alex Band and Aaron Kamin
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User Reviews

Coyote Ugly is the best bar-flick since Cocktail
3 January 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I love "Coyote Ugly", even though it seems critics/reviewers had mixed opinions. I thought it was the best bar-flick since "Cocktail". If you haven't seen "Cocktail", it's a movie where Tom Cruise stars as a bartender, and he swirls bottles around and other cool tricks of the trade. In Coyote Ugly, you have Violet (Piper Perabo) who comes to NYC to become a singer/songwriter. While Violet's there she finds that nobody will accept her demos, so she goes looking for work and she finds a job in a local bar called, "Coyote Ugly". The bar is owned by Lil (Maria Bello), Lil is a hardcore chick who treats her bar like it's her home. While Violet is there she also learns the tricks of the trade, and she also dances on top of the bar. I'm not going to tell you if Violet becomes a singer/songwriter or not, because that would wreck the movie, but I am going to tell you that this is a great movie. Personally, I would have to recommend this to anybody that has hopes and dreams of making it big. I'm giving this a 8 out of 10, because it has an amazing story, memorable characters and a lot of great lines, but I have to tell you one of the best parts is the theme song, "Can't Fight The Moonlight". So, if you love bar-flicks like "Cocktail" you'll love "Coyote Ugly".

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