WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Jerry Bruckheimer has a knack for making entertaining action movies. His previous efforts, which include THE ROCK, CON AIR and ARMAGEDDON, were all huge summer blockbusters and have made him one of Hollywood’s most coveted producers. Jerry, for the love of God, stick to action flicks! I remember seeing Coyote Ugly over the summer and as I write this review, I still have a bad taste left in my mouth. It’s recently released DVD features deleted scenes, several commentaries and one crappy movie.
A naïve, young songwriter (Piper Perabo) decides to leave her friends and family in order to try and find fame in the Big Apple. Unfamiliar with the rough streets of NYC, she gets robbed, conned and given the run around by every record company imaginable. One fateful day, she manages to land a job as a bartender at a seedy dive and in typical Hollywood fashion, discovers that dreams REALLY do come true…Ugh.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Where do I start? First off, the movie’s trailers successfully managed to sucker in many moviegoers, promising a hot and sexy good time from a bunch of rambunctious young ladies who earn their keep as bartenders. I wish that were the case. What we really get here is a sappy tale which presents a horribly done "follow your dreams" story mixed up with a half assed romantic element. The main character played by Piper Perabo, drove me absolutely crazy because she had the same droopy eyed, raised eyebrows, frowny facial expression on her face the whole damn movie! Many of her singing scenes had me laughing at how awful her lip synching skills were. Sure we believe you’re really singing. Not! Apart from Perabo, the movie itself presents little in the way of character development from any of the other Coyotes. In fact, many of them have very limited screen time, including Tyra Banks who should have been billed as a "cameo" appearance.
The screenwriters seemed to employ ever possible cinematic cliché imaginable, periodically inserting sizzling bar scenes to wake up the audience. On the positive side, the soundtrack for the film was actually quite excellent, including such acts as Kid Rock, Lo-Fi All Stars, EMF and Def Leppard. Still, audiences were promised a rocking good time and instead received a melodramatic, poorly scripted excuse for a movie. On a closing note, given its PG-13 rating, this doctor anticipates a severe case of blue balls for all male members watching at home. Be forewarned, gentlemen
While not a complete commentary for the movie, the DVD includes 2 scene specific commentary tracks from producer Jerry Bruckheimer (5) and director David McNally (6). You are basically given the option of choosing from a list of scenes and can listen to their thoughts on what went into that specific portion of the movie. They’re very brief in nature and don't really delve into a comprehensive behind-the-scenes scenario. Skip it. "Search for the Stars" is a short featurette broken down into 3 chapters (each roughly 3 minutes long), chronicling the casting of Perabo, her love interest Garcia and the rest of girls. "Coyote 101" features 3 short chapters, showing how the actresses were schooled into becoming authentic looking bartenders. We also learn how they were taught to shake their booties off with the help of a choreographer and how the bar was actually designed and constructed for the movie. With all of these very short extras, you can run the short clips back to back with a separate option, which was a pleasant surprise.
"Inside the Songs" gives a peek into how the soundtrack was pieced together. 5 deleted scenes are also thrown in, but not really worth checking out as they shed little new light on the movie. "Action Overload" (a similar feature is found on the GONE IN 60 SECONDS DVD) basically provides a 60 second montage of the movie’s most "exciting" moments. Don’t even bother with this useless extra. To round things out, the music video for Leann Rimes’ "Can’t Fight the Moonlight" and the original theatrical trailer are also included. The main menu on the disc features animation and blasts the movie’s soundtrack.
If you enjoy looking at five hot ladies getting their groove on and don’t mind the fact that the movie continually stays within its PG-13 borders (ie: nobody gets buck naked), by all means go ahead and rent this movie. To enjoy such enticing visuals though, you’ll have to sit through 2 hours of clumsy melodrama and more clichés than you can shake a stick at. The DVD features some worthwhile extras but truly excels in its audio tracks. I’ll cautiously recommend this one as rental, just don’t say I didn’t warn you.