coyote ugly

Despite the cruddy critical reception, I loved Coyote Ugly when it first came out. So I sat down yesterday to watch it again.... and couldn't believe my eyes. It was awful.

I think when I first saw this movie, back when it first came out, it was before I had decided to fully indulge in my cinematic obsession, throwing myself into all things film-related. So my "palate" wasn't fully developed, I guess. Seriously, I can't conjure any other explanation for the fact that, back in 2000, the Coyote Ugly script didn't make me spontaneously empty the contents of my stomach into the theater seat next to me.

It's smarmy. And cheesy. And exploitative. And completely improbable.

So then here's another question... why do I still, today, choke up at the sappy parts, and why do I smile and applaud unconsciously when Piper Perabo's character finally makes it? This crappy movie must have somehow seeped into my pores eight years ago, before I knew better. Now I have no control over my emotional reaction. I guess my heart and head are always going to have to disagree on Coyote Ugly.

P.S. The two bright spots were the performances of John Goodman and Maria Bello. In contrast to the rest of the cast, they were not completely cringe-inducing.
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4 Response to "coyote ugly"

  1. Ric Burke says:
    May 29, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Oh, how many times has this happened to me since I took this whole film thing seriously.

    I know exactly how you feel. There are certain movies that repulse me now but still hold something over me.

    Great post, made me laugh out loud.

  2. Fletch says:
    May 29, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Methinks it goes like this:

    Coyote Ugly: women::Roadhouse (or Bloodsport, etc): men

  3. Nayana Anthony says:
    May 30, 2008 at 8:09 AM

    Thanks, guys.

  4. Reel Whore says:
    May 30, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Fletch said it; Roadhouse: men! Oh so true. I love that film in all it's hideous glory.

    I somewhat enjoyed Coyote Ugly when I saw it many years ago. I remember John Goodman's performance being the best thing about it.

    I don't know if I'd run the risk of watching it again. I too suffer from 'watcher's remorse'. I watched eps of Get Smart recently - same feelings of I loved this?

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