Coyote Ugly

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Coyote Ugly movie

“Coyote Ugly” is a 2000 romantic comedy-drama film directed by David McNally. The movie is set in New York City and follows the story of Violet Sanford, played by Piper Perabo, a young woman who moves to the city to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter. However, she faces numerous rejections and struggles to make a breakthrough in the competitive music industry.

In her quest to make ends meet, Violet finds a job at a rowdy bar called Coyote Ugly, owned by the tough and no-nonsense Lil, portrayed by Maria Bello. The bar is known for its lively atmosphere and female bartenders, known as the “Coyotes,” who dance on the bar and entertain the patrons. At first, Violet is shy and reserved, but she quickly adapts to the energetic environment and becomes one of the star attractions.

Amid her newfound confidence and success at Coyote Ugly, Violet also finds herself falling for a charming and kindhearted customer named Kevin, played by Adam Garcia. Their budding romance adds an extra layer of complexity to Violet’s life, as she strives to balance her dreams, career, and personal relationships.

“Coyote Ugly” is a fun and entertaining film that celebrates female empowerment, friendship, and the pursuit of dreams. It showcases the strong bond between the bartenders at Coyote Ugly, who support and uplift each other while dealing with their individual struggles and aspirations.

The film features an energetic soundtrack with songs performed by LeAnn Rimes, including the hit single “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” which became a commercial success and received critical acclaim. The soundtrack perfectly complements the vibrant and energetic atmosphere of the bar and adds to the film’s overall appeal.

Piper Perabo delivers a compelling performance as Violet, portraying her journey from a timid songwriter to a confident and empowered woman. Maria Bello shines as the tough and caring bar owner, Lil, who serves as a mentor and friend to Violet.

“Coyote Ugly” is a heartwarming and entertaining film that showcases the power of self-belief, friendship, and the pursuit of one’s passions. With its memorable characters, lively setting, and catchy soundtrack, the movie has become a beloved classic and an ode to female empowerment and resilience.

Additional Details


  • Piper Perabo: Violet Sanford
  • Adam Garcia: Kevin O’Donnell
  • John Goodman: William “Bill” Sanford
  • Maria Bello: Lil Lovell
  • Izabella Miko: Cammie
  • Tyra Banks: Zoe
  • Bridget Moynahan: Rachel
  • Melanie Lynskey: Gloria
  • Michael Weston: Danny
  • Melody Perkins: New Coyote
  • LeAnn Rimes: herself
  • Johnny Knoxville: College Guy
  • John Fugelsang: Richie the Booker


  • Director: David McNally
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman
  • Writers: Todd Graff and Gina Wendkos

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