My Cousin Vinny

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My Cousin Vinny ★★★ 1992 (R)

Vinny Gambini (Pesci), a lawyer who took the bar exam six times before passing, goes to Wahzoo City, Alabama to get his cousin and a friend off the hook when they're accused of killing a store clerk. Leather jackets, gold chains, Brooklyn accents, and his fiancee Tomei's penchant for big hair and bold clothing don't go over well with conservative judge Gwynne, causing plenty of misunderstandings. Surprising hit with simplistic story reaches popular heights via entertaining performances by the entire cast. Tomei in particular steals every scene she's in and has an Oscar to prove it. 120m/C VHS, DVD . Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne, Lane Smith, Austin Pendleton, Bruce McGill; D: Jonathan Lynn; W: Dale Launer; C: Peter Deming; M: Randy Edelman. Oscars ‘92: Support. Actress (Tomei); MTV Movie Awards ‘93: Breakthrough Perf. (Tomei).