My Cousin Vinny 1992

My Cousin Vinny

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The deft comic interplay between Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei helps to elevate My Cousin Vinny's predictable script, and the result is a sharp, hilarious courtroom comedy.

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New York lawyer Vinny has never won a case. When his teenage cousin Bill and his friend Stan are accused of murder in a backwater Alabama town, it's up to the nervous Vinny to save him from jail, even though he's only ever tried personal injury cases before, and none of them successfully.

Cast & Crew

Joe Pesci
Vinny Gambini
Marisa Tomei
Mona Lisa Vito
Ralph Macchio
Bill Gambini
Mitchell Whitfield
Stan Rothenstein
Fred Gwynne
Judge Chamberlain Haller
Lane Smith
Jim Trotter III
Bruce McGill
Sheriff Farley
Paulene Myers
Constance Riley
Dale Launer
Screenwriter
Randy Edelman
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Peter Deming
Cinematographer
Tony Lombardo
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Stephen Rivkin
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David Rubin
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Victoria Paul
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Critic Reviews for My Cousin Vinny

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (8)

  • My Cousin Vinny slumps badly as the courtroom scenes drag on; but when Tomei is on screen, even the jury wakes up.

    January 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Vinny is a winning character and Pesci's performance as the beleaguered litigant is terrific - cranked yet cuddly.

    March 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • With such canny scene-stealers as Gwynne, Smith, Pendleton, McGill and Chaykin filling out the cast, it is very hard for My Cousin Vinny to go wrong, and indeed, for the purpose of pleasant Saturday night entertainment, it does not.

    April 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Marisa Tomei, as Vinny's fiance, imbues the most obligatory reactions with either a startling ferocity or a farcical ambiguity worthy of her character's name: Mona Lisa Vito.

    April 30, 2014
  • The movie sags as Vinny sets out to demolish the patently shaky case and dubious witnesses for the prosecution. Pesci does his best, but a lawyer's suit on him becomes a straitjacket.

    April 30, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As Vincent Gambini, a swaggering pint-sized New York lawyer who only recently passed the bar on his sixth try, Pesci modulates his usual psycho-nuttiness and gives it some recognizably human, even melancholy, undertones.

    April 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Cousin Vinny

  • Oct 16, 2013
    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.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2012
    very good movie with some great acting.. joe pesci was great. had some very funny memorable moments good storyline and a nice ending.. worth watching!
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2012
    Very funny legal drama with Joe Pesci's crazy mouth of small law experience and Marisa Tomei's Oscar-winning bouyant and combative chemistry stealing the whole movie.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    My Cousin Vinny is a classic and funny movie about the legal system, and it honestly may be one of the greatest courtroom films of all time. Joe Pesci was teriffic in his performance and really sold me, and Marissa Tomei was incredible as well and had a well deserved Oscar. The plot is well written and is a great interpretation of the legal system, and I was just dropped into it. My only problem was that it wasn't really leading to anything huge like another courtoom movie, but that wasn't a huge problem. The movie itself is sharp, cool, and funny and I completely reccomend it.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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