Two Yoots
My Cousin Vinny
Review by Ross Anthony

I'd first seen this film on TV some years ago. Even horribly cut and edited for foul language -- the film was still good fun. Recently, I caught it on cable in all its full-blown cuss word glory. Well, of course, it was even better. Despite the swearing, the picture still maintains its good-natured, humorous nature.

Excellent performances by Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei. Fred Gwynne also does a smashing job as the hard-nosed Southern judge (that's a long way from Herman Munster).

Essentially a court room dramedy -- "My Cousin Vinny" makes some very good points about pointing fingers. But mostly it'll make you laugh.

Two innocent yoots (youths) are arrested for murder. One of them asks his Cousin Vinny (Pesci) to be the defending attorney in a small town court. Marisa Tomei plays Vinny's spicy fiancee (hard to believe a hair-dyed Pesci could land such a beauty -- but hey, who am I to say).

  • My Cousin Vinny. Copyright © 1992. R. 119 minutes.
  • Starring Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Fred Gwynne, Bill Gambini, Vinny Gambini, Ralph Macchio, Mona Lisa Vito, Stan Rothenstein, Mitchell Whitfield.
  • Directed by Jonathan Lynn.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

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