My Cousin Vinny


Film synopsis: "Two New Yorkers accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college call in the help of one of their cousins, a loudmouth lawyer with no trial experience." (Synopsis source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Main Character Growth: Stop
Main Character Approach: Do-er
Main Character Mental Sex: Male
Story Driver: Decision
Story Limit: Optionlock
Story Outcome: Success
Story Judgment: Good

Overall Story Throughline

Two college kids wrongly arrested in Alabama

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Future
Overall Story Issue: Preconception vs. Openness
Overall Story Problem: Help
Overall Story Solution: Hinder
Overall Story Symptom: Control
Overall Story Response: Uncontrolled
Overall Story Catalyst: Openness
Overall Story Inhibitor: Denial
Overall Story Benchmark: Past
Overall Story Signpost 1: Present
Overall Story Signpost 2: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 3: Past
Overall Story Signpost 4: Future

Main Character Throughline


Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Obtaining
Main Character Issue: Attitude vs. Approach
Main Character Problem: Help
Main Character Solution: Hinder
Main Character Symptom: Support
Main Character Response: Oppose
Main Character Unique Ability: Approach
Main Character Critical Flaw: Obligation
Main Character Benchmark: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 1: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 2: Learning
Main Character Signpost 3: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 4: Doing

Influence Character Throughline

Mona Lisa

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Becoming
Influence Character Issue: Obligation vs. Rationalization
Influence Character Problem: Conscience
Influence Character Solution: Temptation
Influence Character Symptom: Control
Influence Character Response: Uncontrolled
Influence Character Unique Ability: Rationalization
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Attitude
Influence Character Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 4: Being

Relationship Story Throughline

Romantically Engaged

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Subconscious
Relationship Story Issue: Denial vs. Closure
Relationship Story Problem: Logic
Relationship Story Solution: Feeling
Relationship Story Symptom: Control
Relationship Story Response: Uncontrolled
Relationship Story Catalyst: Closure
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Preconception
Relationship Story Benchmark: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Future
Overall Story Consequence: Subconscious
Overall Story Cost: Becoming
Overall Story Dividend: Obtaining
Overall Story Requirements: Past
Overall Story Prerequisites: Memory
Overall Story Preconditions: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Forewarnings: Understanding

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


Dramatica Story Expert

the next chapter in story development

Buy Now