Coyote Ugly

  • Directors: David McNally
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman
  • Writers: Gina Wendkos
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music
  • Actors: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, Maria Bello, Tyra Banks, Izabella Miko, Bridget Moynahan, Melanie Lynskey, John Goodman

Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) leaves her hometown of South Amboy, New Jersey, her father Bill (John Goodman), and best friend Gloria (Melanie Lynskey) to pursue her dreams in nearby New York City. When leaving town to become a songwriter, she signs an autograph which is pinned on the wall of the pizza place where she worked. The wall has many other autographs signed by the rest of the employees in South Amboy that left town hoping to make it big.

Violet tries unsuccessfully, dozens of times, to get her demo tape noticed by the recording studios. With only a few dollars left in her pocket after her apartment was robbed, she goes to an all-night diner and notices some girls flaunting the hundreds of dollars in tips they earned. After inquiring, she finds out that they work at a trendy bar named Coyote Ugly. She finds her way to the bar and convinces the bar owner Lil (Maria Bello) to hire her. Lil hires her and explains she did so because Violet looks like a kindergarten teacher who the childish bar patrons will come to see. She is reluctantly nicknamed ‘Jersey’. After starting her job, she quickly discovers she must learn the ropes of singing, dancing, and performing wild acts before a rowdy crowd.

One night, she tries to get herself noticed by a music industry scout. The bartender jokingly points out Kevin O’Donnell (Adam Garcia), making her believe that he is the bar owner. When the joke is discovered, Violet feels that Kevin was making a fool out of her. This event eventually brings them closer together. Kevin tries to help her in overcoming her shyness on the stage and they finally become lovers, in spite of his attempt to hide his past and departure from Australia. She finally lands a deal with a record label after a successful performance at an open mic night at the Bowery Ballroom which was attended by all of the ‘Coyotes’ from the Coyote Ugly saloon.

Dumb Dumber

  • Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
  • Producers: Brad Krevoy, Steven Stabler, Charles B Wessler, Associate Producer, Ellen Dumouchel, Chad Oman, Bradley Jenkel, Co Producer, Bobby Farrelly, Tracie Graham Rice, Bradley Thomas, Executive Producer, Gerald Olson, Aaron Meyerson
  • Writers: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bennett Yellin
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Mike Starr, Karen Duffy, Charles Rocket

Lloyd Christmas is a simple-minded limousine driver in Providence, Rhode Island, who becomes infatuated with his passenger, Mary Swanson, as he drives her to the airport. Mary is heading home to her family in Aspen, Colorado, but leaves a briefcase at the airport. Lloyd notices, and retrieves the briefcase before a pair of thugs arrive to pick it up, dashing ahead of them to snag the briefcase. Lloyd is unable to catch Mary in time, and is left on the tarmac of the airport with briefcase in hand (after having run off the end of a jetway).

Harry Dunne, Lloyd’s roommate, is in the pet grooming business, and has recently spent his life savings converting his van (a 1984 Ford Econoline) into a “sheepdog”. Both Lloyd and Harry quickly lose their jobs due to preventable accidents, and the two are distraught over their situation. Thinking Lloyd is a “professional” hired by the Swansons, or perhaps an FBI agent, the thugs exact revenge on Harry and Lloyd. Shortly after returning home, Lloyd and Harry are alarmed by the thugs at their door, one of them being armed. Believing them to be debt collectors, the two escape through their back window with the briefcase. While the pair are out looking for new jobs, the thugs behead Harry’s pet parakeet. After they return home, Lloyd, who had just been robbed of beer and other goods by “a sweet old lady on a motorized cart,” convinces Harry they should leave their messed-up lives in Providence behind and head for Aspen to return the briefcase to Mary. The thugs learn of their intentions and pursue the two Aspen-bound men.

With no money, the two begin to walk home. Along the way, they inadvertently turn down a chance to be oil boys for Hawaiian Tropic bikini models directing them instead to a nearby town. They then walk off together, saying to each other how two lucky guys will get to tour all over the country rubbing down the girls before shows. Harry reassures Lloyd that “someday we’ll get our big break too, we’ve just got to keep our eyes open”.

Remember the Titans

  • Directors: Boaz Yakin
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman
  • Writers: Gregory Allen Howard
  • Genres: Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Hayden Panettiere, Donald Faison, Ethan Suplee

The film, takes place in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971, at the brand-new desegregated T.C. Williams High School. Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), also derogatorily known as Coach “Coon” by racist elements during the time period, due to his African-American background, is hired as head coach for the school’s football team, taking the place promised to former head coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton). Yoast at first refuses Boone’s offer as the assistant head coach, but then changes his mind. The black and white members of the football team clash in racially-motivated conflicts on a few occasions throughout their time at football camp, but after forceful coaxing and team building efforts by Coach Boone, the team manages to achieve some form of unity, as well as success. Boone makes the camp quite rigorous; when the bus is leaving for the camp at the beginning all members are instructed to wear a shirt and tie; anyone not doing so will watch the season and not compete. At the camp, anybody who displays any sort of misconduct at practice is instructed to run a mile. One time during camp, Coach Boone wakes up the players at 3:00 am to take a run through the woods to end up at a Civil War battleground where he delivers a stirring speech on ‘why that war was fought’ (‘…the same fight we are still having today’).

All-American player Gerry Bertier is paralyzed in an automobile accident while celebrating one of the team’s victories. Although Bertier is no longer able to play, the team goes on to win the championship, setting an example for the town in the process. The football team wins the AAA State championship game in Roanoke, and is first runner up in the national championship. Bertier later goes on to win a gold medal in the shotput event at the Paralympic Games. Ten years later, the team reunites at the end of the film to attend Bertier’s funeral.