My Cousin Vinny

Poster for the movie "My Cousin Vinny"

My Cousin Vinny Quote: “Well, I guess the laws of physics cease to exist on top of your stove. Were these magic grits? Did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans?” – Vincent La Guardia Gambini

When you think “My Cousin Vinny,” you might think “Joe Pesci comedy classic,” but there’s a lot more to this 1992 North-meets-South courtroom farce.

For Gene, there’s Marisa Tomei at her finest: A charming Mona Lisa Vito with a heart of gold and a wardrobe to match. She’s the ultimate ’90s Italian heartthrob who delivers the best lines of the movie.

For Roger, there’s beloved Fred Gwynne in his final film role. TV’s Herman Munster brings warm and gentle comedy to Vinny’s Judge Chamberlain Haller after an amazing life story that included World War II service.

And for Big D, there’s about 100 jokes involving miscommunication, dick jokes, and implied prison rape.

Is that enough to save “My Cousin Vinny” from overly formulaic writing? Does the fact “Vinny” is used in actual law schools help? Or is this just a middle-of-the-road ’90s comedy?

Listen in, then tell us what you think at hosts@shatthemovies.com.

Plot Summary: “My Cousin Vinny” New York lawyer Vinny has never won a case. When his teenage cousin Bill and his friend Stan are accused of murder in a backwater Alabama town, it’s up to the nervous Vinny to save him from jail, even though he’s only ever tried personal injury cases before, and none of them successfully.

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Director
Jonathan Lynn
Producer
Dale Launer, Paul Schiff
Production
Palo Vista Productions, Peter V. Miller Investment Corp., 20th Century Fox
Release Date
13 March 1992

Not rated yet!
Director
Jonathan Lynn
Producer
Dale Launer, Paul Schiff
Production
Palo Vista Productions, Peter V. Miller Investment Corp., 20th Century Fox
Release Date
13 March 1992