Monday, May 15, 2006

Speaking of Clue . . .

Today I read rr's post about her Clue moment, and that reminded me that I had wanted to post this, because I thought Amstaff Mom would appreciate it.

The ABA Journal eReport has an Answers of the Week section, and this was the winner of the Friday, April 28th issue.
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We asked you last week what well-known movie you would use to teach law. Who knew that film buffs were getting such a well-rounded legal education? The responses were numerous and varied, leading us to suspect that it’s difficult to leave the legal mindset at the office. Here are our favorites:

Winner!
This week's winner receives an ABA Journal eReport mug! Congratulations!

The best movie choice to teach law would be the 1985 comedy classic Clue, based on the board game of the same name. There’s just about every tort imaginable:

* Assault. (Col. Mustard: If I was the killer, I would kill you next.)
* Battery (too many pratfalls to mention).
* False imprisonment. (Soon-to-be-dead cop: Let me outta here! You have no right to shut me in!)
* Intentional infliction of emotional distress.
* Invasion of privacy (all of the guests’ secrets for which they are being blackmailed).

There were also criminal law issues of:

* Conspiracy, murder, phone tapping. (Cop: Why is J. Edgar Hoover on your phone? Wadsworth: He’s on everybody else’s, why shouldn’t he be on mine?)
* Police entrapment, civil procedure/evidence. (Mr. Green: Point of order, tape recordings are not admissible evidence!)
* Family law. (Mrs. White: Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong and disposable.)
* Foreign relations. (Miss Scarlet: Communism was just a red herring.)
* And even how to build a case. (Wadsworth: Don’t you remember your fatal mistake? Sitting here at dinner you mentioned that you were eating one of your favorite recipes. And monkey brains, although a popular Cantonese cuisine, is not often found in Washington, D.C.)

Maybe an unaccredited law school would like to base its entire curriculum on it?

Kyle Kaiser
Minneapolis

1 comment:

Amstaff Mom said...

YES! YES! YES! Oh, this is greatness. Y'all are too kind, too kind! Please know that I do appreciate these postings.

And I love that I was able to finish the quotes of the movie all by my lonesome.

When did we all see it last? It needs to be watched again sometime.