My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Thinking they are only being charged with accidentally shoplifting a can of tuna, New Yorker Bill (Ralph Macchio) and his friend Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are arrested in a small, southern, middle-of-nowhere town for murder. When the 2 figure out what is going on, the only person they can think of to represent them is Bill’s cousin Vinny Gambini (Joe Pesci) who just graduated from law school. Judge Haller (Fred Gwynne) is a real hard-ass who isn’t thrill with the sight or demeanor of Vinny and plans to make this case a difficult one. All hope seems lost until Vinny’s girlfriend, Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei), add her own expertise to the case.
My Cousin Vinny is a light-hearted comedy that adds a bit of mystery to a well made and entertaining film. Joe Pesci gives a solid performance as the foul mouth Yankee who can’t pronounce the word “Youths” and Marisa Tomei won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. There isn’t a whole lot to elaborate on regarding this funny comedy that tends be overlooked too often, but take a look and you won’t be disappointed. Co-starring Lane Smith.
9/10 Stars – A funny comedy with likable characters and a bit of mystery.
Really not a ton to say on this one. It was entertaining to watch. I remember the story and some of the funny parts so it wasn’t one of those forgettable comedies they make so many of today. If you need a comedy to watch that isn’t raunchy, or too stupid then pick up My Cousin Vinny – it won’t disappoint.
8/10 Stars – Funny but nothing that I would pull out to watch on a regular basis.
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