My Cousin Vinny is humorous because of the cultural contrasts between small town Alabama & New York City. It's one thing to be accused of murder & quite another to have your lawyer sentenced to serve jail time multiple times for contempt of court. Realistically, Mona Lisa Vito wouldn't put up with any of this crap & would have traded up long ago, but she complements Vinnie's character with street smarts & the ability to digest court room procedures from a voluminous legal text, plus she's integral to the outcome of the case involving the two "yoots." The film is both slapstick & ridiculous, with enough dialogue to establish the characters & carry the humour through each scene. Will that be breakfast, lunch, or dinner (they all come with grits)?