Film / My Blue Heaven
In this 1990 Slice of Life Romantic Comedy
, Vincent "Vinnie" Antonelli (played by Steve Martin
) is a wise-cracking, flashy ex-mobster who has entered the Federal Witness Protection Program and is adjusting to suburbia with the help of Barney Coopersmith (played by Rick Moranis
), an FBI agent assigned to protect him, whose wife just left him for her own selfish reasons.
When Vinnie gets into trouble for committing some local crime, he gets arrested by policewoman Hannah Stubbs (played by Joan Cusack
), who is not at all happy that someone like him is being under the watch of Barney and vents at the FBI agent when they first meet. The reason for all of Hannah's frustration is because she's a divorced mom stuck raising her two sons.
But as the movie progresses, Vinnie learns to shape up
, and Barney and Hannah realize their feelings for each other.
This movie provides examples of:
- Bad Liar: Vinnie is a consummate liar who can say anything with a straight face, but he's not always very good at coming up with the lies themselves. "Why do you need 25 copies of it?" "In case I want to read it more than once!"
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Vinnie talks Barney into handing over his wrinkled suit trousers so he can take them downstaris to get pressed, treating it as Serious Business. Barney stands alone in his boxers for a moment before realizing that he's been had, and Vinnie gave him the slip.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Shown between Barney and Hannah when they first meet.
- Bilingual Bonus: Vinnie's (probably fictional) dog is named "Fongool." Hannah's reaction to this indicates she not only understood it, but provides context for the audience that this was Not A Nice Thing To Name A Dog.
- Blasting It out of Their Hands: Despite claiming that he Doesn't Like Guns, Vinnie proves to be quite the sharpshooter when dealing with the two hit men:
<hands back Barney's revolver>
Barney: "I thought you said y—"
- Blatant Lies: Vinnie is pretty shameless about stating obvious lies with a straight face.
- Character Development: Vinnie becomes more responsible and it's implied he really does come to love and care about the town. Barney loosens up and learns to enjoy his life.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: Happens to Barney when Vinnie rebels yet again while they stay at a New York hotel.
- Disgusting Public Toilet: Vinnie doesn't like to use public toilets as shown in two scenes.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Vinnie in the grocery store when he sees Chaldean.
- Embarrassing Nickname: While undercover as someone from Vancouver, Barney is unfortunate enough to get the nickname of "Dicky", much to his dismay.
Barney: Call me "Dicky" one more time, and I'll kill you.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Vinnie's given reason for why he's testifying. He claims he's actually getting a pretty crappy deal out of the whole thing but he has to do what's right. Whether this is how he actually feels (and felt originally) or if it's just him laying it on for the jury is probably deliberately ambiguous.
- Everyone Chasing You: The movie's climax following the escape from the courtroom.
- Fake-Real Turn: Vinnie gets bored with life as a suburbanite, so he begins a scam that involves getting donations of loose change to "renovate the little league park." At first he plans on just pocketing the money and getting out of town. By the end of the movie, not only does the local little league team have a new place to play, Vinnie is coaching them.
- Karma Houdini: Vinnie is a criminal who has no real remorse and continues to commit crimes on a daily basis... and is voted the Man of the Year.
- Light Bulb Joke/So Unfunny, It's Funny: "What's the difference between a light bulb and a pregnant woman? You can unscrew a light bulb."
- Running Gag: Barney never seems to remember to unfasten his seat belt before trying to get out of the car. On the 3rd and final time, he becomes aware of this habit.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Vinnie loves his shiny suits, and makes sure Barney gets one, too. His Little League coach's outfit is even a nice suit in the team colors, complete with baseball pinstripes.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Barney and Vinnie
- Super OCD: Barney is implied to have this, particularly when he eats pancakes.
- Witness Protection: The whole premise is how much trouble Vinnie has in dealing with the new lifestyle required by the program.