My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Concept featured in clip: Evidence Based Argumentation
Location of clip: (DVD)

Summary of clip: Vinny is acting as a defense attorney for his cousin who has been accused of murder. Vinny has learned in a previous scene about grits so when he questions Mr. Tipton, he learns that Mr. Tipton believes he can make regular grits in 5 min. However, it takes 20 min to cook grits, so Vinny brings this to light and Mr. Tipton begins to questions his own account of what happened once presented with the facts.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: When there is scientific evidence to back up a claim, it makes the claim more believable and accurate. For example, it may only feel like five minutes to cook grits, but it actually takes 20 min.
Suggestions to teachers:

i. Suggested questions for students to when viewing the clip:
1. Why was the judge confused about one of Vinny’s words? How does this translate to scientific language and using a universal system?
2. Why did Mr. Tipton think they were in the store for 5 min only?
3. What is the significance of grits taking 20 min to cook and not 5 min?
4. When Mr. Tipton realized how long it actually takes to cook grits, why does he look confused and seem nervous?
5. Does Mr. Tipton stick to his original thought process, why or why not?