''The Linguini Incident'' is a 1991 comedy/crime caper directed by Richard Shepherd (who also co-wrote the script with Tamar Brott) starring Rosanna Arquette and Music/DavidBowie.
Lucy (Arquette) is a Houdini-obsessed waitress/aspiring escape artiste, desperate for cash to buy Mrs Houdini's wedding ring to add to her already out-of-control memorabilia collection. Monte (Bowie) is a down-on-his-luck British bartender desperate to get married in order to get a Green Card. After some delicate negotiation, Monte agrees to help Lucy rob the New York restaurant (owned by long-time gamblers Cecil and Dante) where they both work, in return for which she agrees to marry him. In need of a third man, they team up with Viv (Eszter Balint), Lucy's best friend, who is a struggling self-defence lingerie designer. HilarityEnsues.
* TheBet: Cecil and Dante are constant betters, on everything, usually with high, ridiculous stakes.
* CaperRationalization: Lucy convinces Viv to take part in the robbery despite her moral objections by reminding her that Cecil and Dante are “scumbags and tricksters.”
* ChainedToABed: An unusual example in which Monte handcuffs himself and Lucy to her bed, throwing the key out of reach, so she can ‘get to know him better’. And then he promptly falls asleep.
* CitizenshipMarriage: Lucy’s agreement to enter into one of these is apparently Monte’s motivation for the heist.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most characters to some extent, but particularly Viv.
* DirtyOldMan: Dante likes to get rather close to the waitresses.
* DrowningMySorrows: Lucy is assisted to do this twice, first by Monte and later by Viv.
* EngagingConversation: Monte asks Lucy to marry him before they have even exchanged names. He also proposes to two waitresses during the same lunch shift.
* EscapeArtist: Lucy’s life-long dream is to become one. Her childhood skills were scuppered by the onset of puberty.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: The shiny silver dresses worn by Lucy and her fellow waitresses are (charitably) described as ‘unflattering’. The bartenders wear matching shirts with the added bonus of snazzy waistcoats.
* InsistentTerminology: Lucy’s stage name is “Lucy the Ethereal”, NOT “The Ethereal Lucy”.
* LostInTranslation: Cecilia, the Swedish waitress, suffers from this.
* LoveTriangle: Lucy and Viv argue over who has dibs on Monte. He suggests a threesome as the obvious answer to the dispute. Unsurprisingly (or surprisingly, YMMV), he is turned down.
* OutrightLie: Monte is prone to these.
* NoodleIncident: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* PsychoLesbian: One of the judges at Lucy’s ill-judged audition for an all-lesbian variety show.
* RightOnTheTick: The robbery is planned around an exact time, with Lucy and Monte counting down to the moment Viv should arrive. Needless to say, things go humorously awry.
* TorpedoTits: Although not launched as such, the version of Viv’s self-defence bra with added spring-loaded knives earns her the nickname “Lethal Cleavage”.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: One of Viv’s other bra designs features an in-built coin purse.