On this incredibly scientific list of lawyer-movie scenes, we have an array of legal issues, but family law is the most common. Divorce is apparently funnier than murder in the movies.

But for those of you keeping score, we’ve got:

  • Divorce / Family Law (4)
  • Murder (2)
  • First Amendment (1)
  • Contract Negotiation (1)
  • Criminal Law Maybe? (1)
  • “Fraud, inciting to riot, and using the word ‘thighs’ in mixed company” (1)

Wedding Crashers

Divorce is tough. People can get very passionate. Thankfully, having Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as your mediators (do they charge the parties for both mediators? It seems a bit unnecessary) makes the process less stressful. When they are not crashing weddings (and potentially causing some future divorces), they help couples navigate divorce pragmatically.

Putting a positive spin on infidelity and urging the parties to move on with their lives, they do their jobs well.

How often do we see divorce mediators in movies? This might be a first.

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6 Comments

  1. swersky says:

    You may have missed the best. In Trading Places, Eddie Murphy’s character is getting arrested in the posh men’s club and yells out for a lawyer. A group of white guys in suits all start looking like they need to be somewhere else pronto. Very funny jab at the “nobility” of the profession.

  2. Christy says:

    I respectfully call attention to my favorite from What Happens In Vegas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqgh1_tFazI

  3. Trent says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention “The Paper Chase”. Soooooo many funny scenes!

  4. SharonCville says:

    “Lawyers shouldn’t marry other lawyers. It’s called ‘inbreeding’ and it produces idiot children and more lawyers.” –Adam’s Rib

    Seriously, watch some classics. They are WAY funnier before there was a ratings system!

  5. Bryan Heaney says:

    Tou people can’t handle the truth!

  6. Ro Key says:

    My Cousin Vinny — side-splitting scene when Marissa Tomei’s character proves to the court that she’s qualified to testify in the murder trial as an expert witness in car mechanics.

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