My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny

DVD - 2005
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Two carefree pals mistakenly arrested and charged with murder are defended by the cousin of one of them (Vinny), a former auto mechanic of Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. Vinny's never been in court and this case quickly turns into a hysterical escapade.

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ddonster
Aug 26, 2017

Very funny movie. I'm in love with Marisa Tomei.

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readyrisa
Sep 01, 2016

LOVE this movie! Seen this many times, and it's always fresh every time...a definite classic!

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uzebdrumz
Sep 24, 2015

My Cousin Vinny is humorous because of the cultural contrasts between small town Alabama & New York City. It's one thing to be accused of murder & quite another to have your lawyer sentenced to serve jail time multiple times for contempt of court. Realistically, Mona Lisa Vito wouldn't put up with any of this crap & would have traded up long ago, but she complements Vinnie's character with street smarts & the ability to digest court room procedures from a voluminous legal text, plus she's integral to the outcome of the case involving the two "yoots." The film is both slapstick & ridiculous, with enough dialogue to establish the characters & carry the humour through each scene. Will that be breakfast, lunch, or dinner (they all come with grits)?

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StarGladiator
Feb 18, 2014

This was simply a knockout comedy, with Marisa Tomei's performance even more outstanding than her usual fine performances are.

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stuvw27
Feb 18, 2014

Paint-by-numbers Root-for-the-Underdog comedy with a few laughs. (I'd be more than a little interested in getting my hands on some of the furniture in this movie.)

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alpaca85
Nov 16, 2013

My Cousin Vinny is certainly an odd film to review. It’s a comedy, which may not exactly be the issue, but it certainly has less “themes” or “underlying ideas” than most films I critique. But however mainstream it is, My Cousin Vinny certainly has a lot in it to talk about. It is the story of two recent New York college grads taking a road trip to the American south, where they accidentally become prime suspects in the murder of a store clerk. They didn’t do it, obviously, but the funny does not arrive until their cousin Vinny, a first time Brooklyn lawyer, comes down to plead their case. Comedy ensues after his hip New York ways clash with the apparent “backwoods” of the American south.
However, Vinny has one trick up his sleeve, he can argue for longer and better than anyone in the courtroom. Can he save his nephews from a murder charge, or will his inexperience prove to be his downfall? Obviously the film is less grandiose than what I just described, but the interesting plot is fleshed out by some great comedic performances by Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei, in addition to some truly momentous bouts of hilarity.
For starters, Joe Pesci is fantastic as the eponymous “cousin Vinny”, bringing great comedic timing to a role unlike many I’ve seen him in. I usually associate Pesci with the short tempered Italian he played in two Scorsese masterpieces, Goodfellas and Raging Bull, so to see him doing comedy is a bit of a shock. However, my fears were unnecessary, as he is an excellent comedian. He channels his persona into the loveable, if impolite, Vinny. His unorthodox methods in the courtroom as well as some great moments with Tomei prove for some genuine comedy, and Pesci was uniquely suited for this role.
However, the film has two great assets, and the other is Marisa Tomei. While Tomei may be pretty popular these days, in the early nineties she was an unknown. Indeed, her performance in this film won over many fans, including the Academy, who gifted her with an Oscar for this film. While she does give a sharp-witted, Brooklyn-accented, fiery comedic performance, she did beat out some other truly stellar roles in one of the most famous upset wins in history. However, looking at the confidence she exudes in this performance, especially her courtroom scene, it is not hard to see why she did win.
While Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield and Fred Gwynne give excellent performances as well, they are rather outshined by the two leads. However, in order for the film to work, it needed a good script, which it has. While I imagine writing a comedy script is difficult, the film has a genuinely interesting plot, as well as some great gags. There is one scene in particular that could be described as “raucously funny”. Though I won’t get into specifics, I will say that in it, Joe Pesci is confused for a prison inmate, and hilarity ensues.
The cinematography and score are thankless, but they needn't have much spark. For a film of this genre, they are adequate enough. The direction of Jonathan Lynn is workmanlike. Many say comedy films don’t require a director’s imprint for the film to be a success, and given Lynn’s anonymous direction I’d say they would be correct. My Cousin Vinny is good for a laugh, but other than that it hold the ubiquitous designation of being simply average.

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

This film is based in the courtroom. Most of the time, that makes for a quiet drama in which a thrilling closing statement pleading with the jury is what solves the case. In this film, that is so not the case. This is, believe it or not, a courtroom comedy. If you like Joe Pesci, you will love this film (and I do love me some Pesci). It is well written and intriguing, wonderfully performed by its dynamic cast, and funny as anything. I adored it and now count it among my favourites of all time. I highly recommend it.

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Keogh
Jul 08, 2013

Very, very funny fish out of water story. Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei are ideal as a New York lawyer and his girlfriend coming to Alabama to defend his cousin and a friend on murder charges. The culture shock is a gem, with the tension most exploited between Vinny and the local judge, memorably played by Fred Gwynne. Not a single slow moment in the film, and ideally cast.

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Daylight62
Nov 25, 2012

Loved this movie. It was so funny and the acting was right on!

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jds1
Nov 11, 2012

I've seen this movie many times and never cease to enjoy it. Both Tomei and Pesci are superb in their roles, but can't watch Fred Gwynn without thinking of Herman Munster. Would recommend it highly to the age appropriate group($#*@ language)

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"I'm sorry, these are going to be a help. I should have looked at these pictures before. I like this, uh, this is our first hotel room, right? That'll intimidate Trotter. Here's one of me from behind. And I didn't think I could feel worse than I did a couple of seconds ago. Thank you. Ah, here's a good one of the tire marks. Could we get any farther away? Where'd you shoot this, from up in a tree? What's this over here? It's dog sh*t. Dog sh*t! That's great! Dog sh*t, what a clue! Why didn't I think of that?"

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"I'm sorry, these are going to be a help. I should have looked at these pictures before. I like this, uh, this is our first hotel room, right? That'll intimidate Trotter. Here's one of me from behind. And I didn't think I could feel worse than I did a couple of seconds ago. Thank you. Ah, here's a good one of the tire marks. Could we get any farther away? Where'd you shoot this, from up in a tree? What's this over here? It's dog sh*t. Dog sh*t! That's great! Dog sh*t, what a clue! Why didn't I think of that?"

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"I'm finished with this guy."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"I'm finished with this guy."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"Well, I hate to bring it up because I know you've got enough pressure on you already. But, we agreed to get married as soon as you won your first case. Meanwhile, ten years later, my niece, the daughter of my sister, is getting married. My biological clock is ticking like this, and the way this case is going, I ain't never getting married!" "Lisa, I don't need this. I swear to God, I do not need this right now, okay? I've got a judge that's just aching to throw me in jail, an idiot who wants to fight me for two hundred dollars, slaughtered pigs, giant loud whistles, I ain't slept in five days, I got no money, a dress code problem, and a little murder case which, in the balance, holds the lives of two innocent kids, not to mention your biological clock; my career, your life, our marriage, and let me see, what else can we pile on? Is there any more sh*t we can pile onto the outcome of this case?! Is it possible?!" "Maybe it was a bad time to bring it up."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"Well, I hate to bring it up because I know you've got enough pressure on you already. But, we agreed to get married as soon as you won your first case. Meanwhile, ten years later, my niece, the daughter of my sister, is getting married. My biological clock is ticking like this, and the way this case is going, I ain't never getting married!" "Lisa, I don't need this. I swear to God, I do not need this right now, okay? I've got a judge that's just aching to throw me in jail, an idiot who wants to fight me for two hundred dollars, slaughtered pigs, giant loud whistles, I ain't slept in five days, I got no money, a dress code problem, and a little murder case which, in the balance, holds the lives of two innocent kids, not to mention your biological clock; my career, your life, our marriage, and let me see, what else can we pile on? Is there any more sh*t we can pile onto the outcome of this case?! Is it possible?!" "Maybe it was a bad time to bring it up."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"'Dead-on balls accurate'?" "It's an industry term."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"'Dead-on balls accurate'?" "It's an industry term."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Coarse Language: 34 utterances of the f-bomb. If anything is worth noting, it would be the coarse language. If that's not a problem, this film is safe to watch.

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Sexual Content: One brief scene, played for comedy, in which a man's words accidentally act as a double entendre for prison sex due to context. (I wouldn't even count this as sexual content, to be honest, because if you're not of the age to understand it, it will just go right over your head and be meaningless.)

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Violence: A woman describes a deer getting shot in the head to protest hunting as a pastime. One man punches another in the face; it is obscured and bloodless and done entirely for comic effect. (I wouldn't be concerned about violence; this film contains nothing objectionable in that department.)

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Coarse Language: 34 utterances of the f-bomb. If anything is worth noting, it would be the coarse language. If that's not a problem, this film is safe to watch.

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Sexual Content: One brief scene, played for comedy, in which a man's words accidentally act as a double entendre for prison sex due to context. (I wouldn't even count this as sexual content, to be honest, because if you're not of the age to understand it, it will just go right over your head and be meaningless.)

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Violence: A woman describes a deer getting shot in the head to protest hunting as a pastime. One man punches another in the face; it is obscured and bloodless and done entirely for comic effect. (I wouldn't be concerned about violence; this film contains nothing objectionable in that department.)

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renheart115
Aug 18, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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IvanBello
Apr 28, 2012

IvanBello thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Sebastian S Gomez
Feb 02, 2012

Sebastian S Gomez thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over

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renheart115
Aug 18, 2011

renheart115 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

A street-smart albeit inexperienced lawyer from Brooklyn defends his innocent cousin in a murder case in a small Alabama county.

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

A street-smart albeit inexperienced lawyer from Brooklyn defends his innocent cousin in a murder case in a small Alabama county.

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