My Cousin Vinny
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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 as a lawyer, rides south to defend his trusting relative. He's an expert motormouth and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tomei, sashaying through the proceedings as kind of a sexy hood ornament, creates a buoyant chemistry with her combative b.f."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A rare comedy that never quite wears out its welcome."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Too dependent on convenient stereotypes and fish-out-of-water cliches, though the late Fred Gwynne is a welcome presence."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Apart from Pesci being too old for the part as written, My Cousin Vinny holds up pretty well."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Smart-talking comedy with Joe Pesci in fine form."
‑ , Film4
"Big dumb comedy that somehow works."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"It's a small, surprisingly gentle affair, prone to fits and starts, but fun."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Joe Pesci is a total screen pleasure. He grabs whatever comes his way -- from GoodFellas to Home Alone"
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Though overrated, this comedy shows why Joe Pesci was once an important film addition"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"raucous and funny"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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