I worked at a bar in the bro-infested city of Hermosa Beach for a few years when I first started college.
And while it is true that the 2000 film Coyote Ugly exaggerates bar life a bit, re-watching the trailer made me feel very nostalgic as the scent of alcohol floated into my nostrils and my ears began to pound right on cue, as if terrible 'Top 40' music was being blasted right then and there.
I don't necessarily miss it. And yes... I have somehow ended up dancing on the bar before. Don't ask.
Check out this wild trailer below. Warning! It will get you into party mode instantly. Which isn't a bad thing at all.
Wondering what the cast is up to now? We have the answers!
Piper Perabo (Violet Sanford)
Following: The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Cheaper by the Dozen, Edison, The Cave, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, The Prestige, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Lazarus Project, Looper, Grizzly, House, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent just to name a few.
Fun Fact: Perabo is also the part-owner of the bar Employees Only, a prohibition-styled bar in West Village, Manhattan, as well as the restaurant Jack's Wife Freda in SoHo, Lower Manhattan.
Adam Garcia (Kevin O'Donnell)
Following: Riding in Cars with Boys, Kangaroo Jack, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, The Flight of the Conchords, Camp, Perception, and The Code are several credits among many more.
Fun Fact: Garcia is an avid dancer and even co-founded the internationally acclaimed dance troupe "Tap Dogs."
John Goodman (Bill)
Following: Emperor's New Groove, the Monsters Inc. films, Dirty Deeds, Beyond the Sea, Cars, Evan Almighty, Speed Racer, The Princess and the Frog, The Artist, The Campaign, Red State, The Internship, the Transformers films, The Equalizer, The Simpsons, The West Wing, King of the Hill, Damages, Community, and Alpha House just to note a, you know, some.
Fun Fact: Goodman has been sober since 2007 and attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every morning when possible. He has also lost 100 pounds by exercising and keeping record of food in a journal to keep him on track. Congrats Goodman!
Maria Bello (Lil)
Following: Auto Focus, The Cooler, Silver City, Secret Window, A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking, The Jane Austen Book Club, Towelhead, Grown Ups, Abduction, Grown Ups 2, Prisoners, Max Steel, and Wait Till Helen Comes are several from a list of much more.
Fun Fact: Bello is officially a badass. She practices Muay Thai (lethal) kickboxing. You don't want to cross this fierce chick.
Izabella Miko (Cammie)
Following: The Forsaken, Save the Last Dance 2, The House of Usher, Dark Streets, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Fake Identity, Clash of the Titans, Double Identity, Age of Heroes, Step up: All In, Gramercy Park, Deadwood, Miss Atomic Bomb, and Supernatural just to name a few.
Fun Fact: Miko is a passionate environmentalist and has created an eco foundation called EkoMiko. She released her own sustainable candle line called EkoMiko Candles, made out of coconut butter wax.
Tyra Banks (Zoe)
Following: Halloween: Resurrection, Eight Crazy Nights, Tropic Thunder, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Gossip Girl, Shake It Up, Glee, and Life Size 2 are a few worth mentioning.
Fun Fact: We all know Tyra is very much into women empowerment. She created a program called TZONE, which teaches leadership and life skills development for primarily disadvantaged teen girls in Los Angeles. She also has a scholarship called the Tyra Banks Scholarship. I love it when celebrities give back!
Bridget Moynahan (Rachel)
Following: Whipped, Serendipity, I, Robot, Gray Matters, Prey, Noise, Ramona and Beezus, John Wick, Midnight Sun, Sex and the City, Eli Stone, and Blue Bloods.
Fun Fact: Her favorite drink is Vodka, straight up. That's my kind of woman.
Melanie Lynskey (Gloria)
Following: Shooters, Sweet Home Alabama, Park, Away We Go, Up in the Air, Leaves of Grass, Win Win, Touchback, Eye of the Hurricane, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Happy Christmas, They Came Together, We'll Never Have Paris, Digging for Fire, Folk Hero & Funny Guy, The Shield, Two and a Half Men, Drive, Psych, The L Word, House, and Togetherness.
Fun Fact: Melanie became a vegetarian at the age of ten, but then began eating seafood. She thinks it's pretentious, but she calls herself a pescatarian.
Time to put on your dancing shoes, appoint a DD, and get the pre-game going. Every once in a while it's fun to let a little loose and get your groove on.
Ah. The bar life!