My Cousin Vinny

Published June 16, 2019

My Cousin Vinny

Film info

  • Title My Cousin Vinny
  • Director Jonathan Lynn
  • Year 1992
  • Run time 1hr 59m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline Truth, justice and the Gambini way

Two carefree pals travelling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested, and charge with murder. Fortunately, one of them has a cousin who's a lawyer - Vincent Gambini, a former auto mechanic from Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. Vinny's never been in court - or in Alabama - and when he arrives with his leather-clad girlfriend, to try his first case, it's a real shock - for him and the Deep South!

Live blog

Time Comment
1:47 Dirt for sale!
7:32 Eek, it’s so bad when we as the audience know there are crossed wires. It’s just tuna!
8:00 Also struggling with the concept of Barry being a kid.
13:15 “Oh, yea, you blend.”
20:39 I mean, to fail the bar five times and still keep going shows an epic amount of persistence.
25:24 Five thirty in the morning? I do not want a steam whistle at any time of the day, let alone that one.
25:45 The menu! OMG. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. That’s it.
30:19 Look lawyerly.
33:13 The lawyer has ended up on the same bus to prison as his clients!
39:07 They have very smart uniforms for prisoners. Belts and everything.
53:10 “It was like Alakazam’s worst nightmare.” That’s a weird sentence.
59:44 Wow, I think she should do the lawyering.
1:08:38 The lack of sleep is hilarious and terrifying in equal measure!
1:13:06 So funny. The suit, the attitude, the judge’s face.
1:23:35 “Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove!”
1:34:06 Was curious where the name thing was going. Added a ticking clock.
1:41:15 “Will you please answer the counsellor’s question?” “No, I hate him.”
1:44:22 She’s awesome.
1:52:09 Not sure that’s how court works but YAY.


I was kind of just enjoying this film as a 90s comedy movie where Joe Pesci does what he does. But as it wore on and Marisa Tomei got more and more awesome, I really fell in love with it. A good courtroom fight is always fun, and this had twists and turns along the way. But Marisa won the day and did so in great style.

The comedy was good too, not cliché. I loved the fact that he never managed to get any sleep, but equally laughed at him slipping over in the mud. Not always highbrow.

This is just a fun film, and a great one to add to the collection.

Rating: 5 / 5

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