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Coyote Ugly



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

An aspiring songwriter from New Jersey (Piper Perabo) moves to New York City to start her career but ends up working in a wild bar instead. Also with Maria Bello, Tyra Banks, Izabella Miko, Bridget Moynahan, Adam Garcia and John Goodman. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Some sexual innuendo and several kisses. A woman takes off her shirt and skirt in front of a man (we see part of her panties and most of her bra through a transparent tank top), then she kisses him and takes off his shirt; in a post-coitus scene, the camera pans up his sheet-covered legs and bare chest as he lies in bed, and we also see her with a sheet wrapped around her body. Several scenes of women in midriff- and cleavage-revealing tops dancing suggestively on a bar counter, sometimes with each other; in one scene the women repeatedly pour water all over each other (we see a few close-ups of their chests), in another scene two women pull up a man's shirt and pour alcohol on his chest and in his mouth, in another scene a few women remove their bras and a few women are seen wearing bras, and in another scene a man puts his hands on a woman's hips while trying to dance with her (she pushes him away). Twice, a man is auctioned off to the highest female bidder: in one scene a man comically dances on a bar counter and shows the top of his underwear, and in the other scene a man removes his shirt and reveals a bit of his underwear while dancing suggestively on a bar counter (the highest bidder kisses his bare chest comically). At a baseball game a woman takes off her jersey (her bra is visible) and briefly strokes a bat (we see a man's surprised reaction to this). Part of a woman's panties and bra are visible when she's changing clothes; also, we see the silhouette of a woman's torso from the side as she's putting on a shirt. We see many women in cleavage-revealing tops, a man wearing boxers and an open shirt, and a woman's bare legs and the very bottom of her buttocks while she's dancing on a bar counter.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A couple of scuffles and punches in a bar; in one scene, many people are involved. A man pulls another off a bar, punches him repeatedly, then throws him through the front of a jukebox (one of the men is seen with a slightly bloody lip afterwards). A woman is pulled off a bar counter and into a crowd and appears to be fighting off a group of men. A man is pushed out of a bar. In a scene played for laughs, a woman backhands a man and knocks him off his chair. We see a person with a broken leg recovering in a hospital bed (we learn the person was hit by a car), and in a later scene the person uses crutches (the person hits the cast against a table and yells loudly, in a scene played for laughs). A woman spits alcohol on a flame, making a large fireball.

PROFANITY 4 - Several anatomical references, a few scatological references, several mild obscenities, a couple of religious profanities, and a few insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Children "leaving" their parents, independence, bartending, using one's body to sell something, drunkenness, jealousy, loss of a loved one.

MESSAGE - Don't let fear keep you from achieving your dreams. You shouldn't be ashamed or embarrassed about showing off your body.

Special Keywords: S5 - V2 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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