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My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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When sweet Northern college kid Bill (Ralph Macchio) and his buddy Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are picked up and thrown into the slammer in a hick Southern town, at first it looks like no big deal. Then they are informed that they are accused of murder. Penniless and without a single friend in the area, Bill decides to call his goofy cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci), who has somehow recently become a lawyer. Full of family feeling and bravado, Vinny, who has never tried a criminal case in his short life

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Dale Launer

Aug 14, 2001

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Tomei, sashaying through the proceedings as kind of a sexy hood ornament, creates a buoyant chemistry with her combative b.f.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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While it's easy to imagine an infinite number of bad courtroom comedies based on this scenario, this movie turns out to be wonderful -- broad and low character comedy that's solidly imagined and beautifully played.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's a small, surprisingly gentle affair, prone to fits and starts, but fun.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Easily the most inventive and enjoyable American film farce in a long time, even during those extended patches when it seems to be marking time or when it continues with a running gag that can't stay the distance.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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You might not remember much about My Cousin Vinny an hour later, but the cast makes the jokes (even the bad ones) go down easy.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Joe Pesci is a total screen pleasure. He grabs whatever comes his way -- from GoodFellas to Home Alone</ -- and bullies it into something great. He's charming, menacing, and pitbullish all at the same time, a tenor-voiced imp of ceaseless energy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Marisa Tomei won the Supporting Actress Oscar for this shallow but mildly enjoybale fish-out-of-water comedy, playing Joe Pesci's street smart girlfriend.

June 17, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Apart from Pesci being too old for the part as written, My Cousin Vinny holds up pretty well.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

The minor miracle of My Cousin Vinny is that--though the picture never scores any guffaws, the villains remain off-screen, and the conclusion is never in doubt--the movie's full two-hour running time passes so breezily. [Blu-ray]

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A rare comedy that never quite wears out its welcome.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Smart-talking comedy with Joe Pesci in fine form.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Though overrated, this comedy shows why Joe Pesci was once an important film addition

July 13, 2007
Film Threat

Too dependent on convenient stereotypes and fish-out-of-water cliches, though the late Fred Gwynne is a welcome presence.

December 9, 2005 | Comment (1)
Flipside Movie Emporium

Big dumb comedy that somehow works.

June 10, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

raucous and funny

April 6, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Excellent performances by Pesci & Tomei. Essentially a court room dramedy "My Cousin Vinny" makes some good points about pointing fingers. But mostly it'll make you laugh

January 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

A very clever comedy

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Pleasant time killer. Great Fred Gwynne performance.

March 19, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Very funny fish-out-of-water flick and, Oscar notwithstanding, generally underrated.

February 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Laughs aplenty.

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

Very pleasant.

September 10, 2002 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for My Cousin Vinny

During a cross-country road trip, two New Yorkers are arrested and jailed in Alabama after being mistaken as murderers of a convenience store clerk. In their desperation, they hire the cousin of one of them to be their lawyer, only to find out that Vinny has only recently become a lawyer, and has no real experience with legal procedure.

According to my research, this film is actually fairly accurate and realistic in terms of how it portrays legal procedures, trials, and that sort of thing. So, going by that, I can get behind this film for trying to do some *ahem* justice to its subject matter.

The film does occasionally dip into outdated and on the nose territory with some of the fish out of water elements, but overall, this is a pretty witty, sharp, and funny comedy.

Ralph Macchio is fine as Bill, but Mitchell Whitfield is only okay as his buddy Stan. As Bill's cousin Vinny, Joe Pesci is a delight. Lane Smith is fun as the prosecutor, Bruce McGill is fun as the sheriff, and Fred Gwynne (in his final film) is quite strong as the judge. The real scene stealer here though, is Marisa Tomei in her breakout Oscar winning performance as Vinny's loudmouth fiancee who is along for the ride. And then of course there's yet another turn by James Rebhorn in an antagonistic role. He's fine of course, but sometimes I wish I could see him go against type.

The film is a bit dated and out of touch, and, like I said, goes for easy and obvious targets with its humor. All in all though, this is a a really funny and delightful film, so give it a watch if you haven't done so yet.
October 16, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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Vinny: Uh... everything that guy just said is bullshit... Thank you. 

"Truth, Justice and the Gambini Way."

My Cousin Vinny is one of the funnier comedies I have ever seen. The cast is great, with Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei and Fred Gwynn. The film has some of the funniest individual scenes I have ever seen because of Pesci. He's pretty good at playing a monster, but damn did he give a great performance as a lawyer who doesn't know all that much about law. Going in, I have to say I didn't think this was going to be as good as I had heard, but it delivered everything you'd want from a comedy.

Two young college students are traveling through Alabama when they stop at a local convenient store for some food. After buying their food and getting back on the road, they get pulled over. They think it is for stealing a can of tuna, but actually they are bing accused of murder. They can't afford a good attorney, so they settle for a cousin, by the name of Vinny. He has graduated from law school, but it took him six tries to pass the BAR. Now he has been a lawyer for a whole six weeks, hasn't gone to trial, knows nothing about the procedures and is being tossed into a murder trial that concerns a family member, who if convicted wouldn't just go to prison, but probably would be put to death. How could this not be funny?

I love the banter back and forth between the actors. Tomei and Pesci have great chemistry and make every scene that they are in together interesting. But the best back and forth came in the courtroom scenes between the judge(Fred Gwynn) and Vinny. Most of their conversations go something like this:

Judge:I don't like your attitude. 
Vinny: So what else is new? 
Judge: I'm holding you in contempt of court. 
Vinny: Now there's a fucking surprise. 
Judge: What did you say? What did you just say? 
Vinny: Huh? What did I say? 

Then there's his back and forth with the witnesses:

Vinny: How could it take you five minutes to cook your grits when it takes the entire grit-eating world 20 minutes? 
Tipton: Um... I'm a fast cook, I guess. 
Vinny:  What? I'm sorry I was over there. Did you just say you were a fast cook? Are we to believe that boiling water soaks into a grit faster in your kitchen than any place on the face of the earth? 
Tipton: I don't know. 
Vinny: Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove. Were these magic grits? Did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans? 

The dialogue in My Cousin Vinny is extremely funny and most of the time very smart. It has its occasional goofy scene that is all about being stupid, but for the most part it is highly intelligent. This movie gave me a new appreciation for everyone involved. I love Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei, but this just took them to a whole new level in my book. Also, Fred Gwynn; I've never seen him in anything outside of The Munsters, that I know of. He has that same quality that makes him so fun to watch as Herman Munster, in this movie as a Judge. 

If you're looking for a movie to make you laugh; it doesn't get to much better than this. I mean, this movie is in Blazing Saddles country when it comes to how funny it is. That is saying something.
October 12, 2011
blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Remember the first time I saw it. Had never heard of it...and I was blown away
September 18, 2011
TheGame90
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Riotous fish-out-of-water tale as New Yorkers are trapped down South and fed grits! Pesci is one tough little a--hole (doh! again! but he's good at it) as he and his babe deluxe go shake up the yokels. Though this is Pesci's film look for Marisa Tomei, she's a bearcat.
August 22, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

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