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Coyote Ugly (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 46
CAP Influence Density: 1.00
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*Coyote Ugly* (PG-13) -- another "R-13"
While Daddy (John Goodman) stands on the porch with a tear in his eye, Violet (Piper Perabo - The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show) leaves South Amboy, N.J. to take off into the big bad world to make a name for herself as a song writer -- just like her sainted Mama. I thought that was the "young man out to make his fortune" plot with the mother sobbing on the porch as her little boy leaves for the big city. It seems the ladies are getting into the act. But the writer, Gina Wendkos, director David McNally and Piper together presented this "invasion" into previously male territory not as an invasion at all but rather a somewhat touching love story laced with lots of "stuff."
Some of the main "stuff" was dancing to entice. While one dance routine was real hoedown, toe-tappin' country joy, all of the dance routines were clearly to excite and to entice men to spend their money on booze and to tip the girls doing the dancing. In one case, dancing was done to solicit (implied) sexual favor for money to pay off a debt. And accompanying the dancing was some self-touching and lots of quite revealing dress, clearly to maximize the female form with a little extra skin exposure thrown in to boot. This might be the kind of dancing that took John the Baptist's head [Matt 14:6-8].
In her attempts to promote her songs, Piper meets Kevin (Adam Garcia). Now, there is a romantic tale in the making. Kevin is a short-order cook who was maneuvered into masquerading for a short time as a music manager for a lounge so he would have something to break the ice with Violet. Kevin is a nice guy from Australia with a few hard luck stories who never gives up. He finally convinces Violet to enter into an at-first friendly relationship with him which blossoms into a romance. And a touching romance for a PG-13. While there is some inappropriate behavior of the sexual nature involved, for the most part the relationship between Violet and Kevin is clean and "real" without the blatantly obvious expectations of such a relationship typical of a PG-13 movie. While my notes say "woman undressing to underwear to entice/seduce" and "aftermath of intercourse" I cannot remember whether this actress was Perabo or not. But then it doesn't really matter--the sexually inappropriate programming is there, just no nudity (except for silhouetting of nudity) which is infesting PG-13 movies more and more. Indeed, many PG-13 movies are becoming what I call "R-13."
I am going to take advantage of that point to deviate a little from the Summary/Commentary and reveal to you that which was provided to our newsletter subscribers. Following is the newsletter verbatim:
This "R-13" *Coyote Ugly* ups that 64% to 65.4%. And for the statisticians in our "audience" there were no selection criteria used other than if I had room for one analysis and there were only a PG-13 movie and a R-rated movie available, I would choose the PG-13.
In addition to the above mentioned matters, among the ignominy in *Coyote Ugly* were a ton of barroom scenes with drinking, drunkenness, and revelry; admissions of sexual immorality and a conversational mention of homosexuality with a somehwat positive tone; sexual talks and innuendo; adults in underwear; stripping to underwear; aftermath of intercourse; a father encouraging his daughter to dance in a bar if that is what she wanted to do (his name was not Herod); uses of camera angle to force the viewer to maximize attention on the private parts of the subject; silhouette nudity [Col. 3:5]. Also there were matters of foul language [Col. 3:8] and God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive [Lev. 19:12]. The only matters of violence or crime noted were barroom brawls and reckless driving. Clearly, the strongest presences in *Coyote Ugly* were sexual programming, foul language and booze with drinking to excess and drunkenness [Eph. 5:18].
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):