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My Cousin Vinny (1992)My Cousin Vinny (1992)

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

A sharp courtroom comedy featuring a young Marisa Tomei in an Oscar-winning turn

Comedy, Crime

7.4

movie

United States, United States of America

English

A-list actors, Feel-Good, Funny

1992

Jonathan Lynn

Austin Pendleton, Bob Penny, Bruce McGill

120 min

Synopsis

Two carefree pals traveling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested, and charged with murder. Fortunately, one of them has a cousin who's a lawyer - Vincent Gambini, a former auto mechanic from Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. When he arrives with his leather-clad girlfriend, to try his first case, it's a real shock - for him and the Deep South!

Our Take

7.4
Renee Cuisia

Unlike the many courtroom films of its time, My Cousin Vinny forgoes theatrics and drama for true-blue comedy. It stars Joe Pesci as the titular Vinny, a newly minted New York attorney who’s taking on a murder trial in Alabama as his first case, while Marisa Tomei plays Vinny’s fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito, in an Oscar-winning turn. The loudmouthed couple are decidedly out of place in Alabama, supplying the film with many comedic gems, but they’re also unexpectedly clever. Along with its humor and memorable characters, My Cousin Vinny has come to be known for its legal accuracy and flair.

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