You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

My Cousin Vinny

Joe Pesci puts in a lovable underdog turn as a hopelessly inept lawyer battling to prove himself in his first case. Tale has coarse Brooklynite Pesci called upon by family members to help his college-age cousin Bill (Ralph Macchio) out of a jam in the Deep South.

With:
Joe Pesci Ralph Macchio Marisa Tomei Mitchell Whitfield Fred Gwynne Lane Smith

Joe Pesci puts in a lovable underdog turn as a hopelessly inept lawyer battling to prove himself in his first case. Tale has coarse Brooklynite Pesci called upon by family members to help his college-age cousin Bill (Ralph Macchio) out of a jam in the Deep South.

Seems Bill and his pal Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) were mistakenly nabbed for the murder of a store clerk. The lovable loser lawyer and his mouthy but beautiful girlfriend, Lisa (Marisa Tomei), must go to Alabama to extricate the pair. Their secret weapon will be Vinny’s talent for argument, demonstrated for the audience in a latenight set-to with Tomei. Pic’s running joke is that Vinny can’t stay awake in court.

Tomei, sashaying through the proceedings as kind of a sexy hood ornament, creates a buoyant chemistry with her combative b.f. Macchio and Whitfield are stuck in poorly drawn roles. Filmed mostly in Monticello, Ga, pic is somewhat disappointing in production aspects.

1992: Best Supp. Actress (Marisa Tomei)

My Cousin Vinny

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Jonathan Lynn; Producer Dale Launer, Paul Schiff; Screenplay Dale Launer; Camera Peter Deming; Editor Tony Lombardo; Music Randy Edelman; Art Director Victoria Paul

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 119 MIN.

With: Joe Pesci Ralph Macchio Marisa Tomei Mitchell Whitfield Fred Gwynne Lane Smith

More Film

  • 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' Tracks

    'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' on Track for $40 Million-Plus Opening

    Joe Pesci puts in a lovable underdog turn as a hopelessly inept lawyer battling to prove himself in his first case. Tale has coarse Brooklynite Pesci called upon by family members to help his college-age cousin Bill (Ralph Macchio) out of a jam in the Deep South. Seems Bill and his pal Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) […]

  • Actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers

    Johnny Depp: Rolling Stone Profile Latest Sign Actor Is PR Liability

    Joe Pesci puts in a lovable underdog turn as a hopelessly inept lawyer battling to prove himself in his first case. Tale has coarse Brooklynite Pesci called upon by family members to help his college-age cousin Bill (Ralph Macchio) out of a jam in the Deep South. Seems Bill and his pal Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) […]

  • Film review: Budapest Noir

    Film Review: 'Budapest Noir'

    Joe Pesci puts in a lovable underdog turn as a hopelessly inept lawyer battling to prove himself in his first case. Tale has coarse Brooklynite Pesci called upon by family members to help his college-age cousin Bill (Ralph Macchio) out of a jam in the Deep South. Seems Bill and his pal Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) […]

  • Johnny Depp

    The Most Shocking Revelations From Johnny Depp's Rolling Stone Interview

    Joe Pesci puts in a lovable underdog turn as a hopelessly inept lawyer battling to prove himself in his first case. Tale has coarse Brooklynite Pesci called upon by family members to help his college-age cousin Bill (Ralph Macchio) out of a jam in the Deep South. Seems Bill and his pal Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) […]

  • Film Director Diversity Report: DGA Says

    Feature Film Director Diversity Remains Low, Directors Guild Reports

    Joe Pesci puts in a lovable underdog turn as a hopelessly inept lawyer battling to prove himself in his first case. Tale has coarse Brooklynite Pesci called upon by family members to help his college-age cousin Bill (Ralph Macchio) out of a jam in the Deep South. Seems Bill and his pal Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content