My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny

DVD - 2000
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Two teenagers from New York City are falsely accused of murder while driving through rural Alabama. To defend them in court, one of them hires his cousin Vinny, a flamboyant personal injury lawyer with no trial experience whatsoever.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2000]
ISBN: 9786305929703
630592970X
Branch Call Number: MOVIE MY
Language Note: English or French dialogue with optional English or Spanish subtitles
Closed-captioned
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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The rumour is still floating around that the presenter, Jack Palance, read out the wrong name for Best Supporting Actress in 1992. The story has been debunked time and again, but still persists despite Tomei's fine performance.


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sparklep1
Sep 02, 2020

Silly. Not usually my kind of movie, but everyone needs a laugh. This is it. Clever and witty.

One of the best comedies of all time. Pesci and Tomei are pefect in this film.

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dmasterson
Apr 09, 2020

One of the funniest comedies of all time. An inexperienced New York lawyer has to try a murder case in the deep south of Alabama. Apparently the most accurate portrayal of courtroom procedure in a mainstream movie.

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stevania_k
Jan 05, 2020

Hilarious! Strongly recommended.

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humbleworm
Aug 12, 2018

My Cousin Vinny has the uniquely humorous premise of two innocent city teens arrested for murder in a small town as the result of a series of misunderstandings and coincidences that put everything conceivable against them, including the almost-lawyer relative they must pin their hopes on. It's well-written with witty dialogue and excellent casting.

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reginator_22
Jan 23, 2018

Awesome movie! Love Marisa!

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ddonster
Aug 26, 2017

Very funny movie. I'm in love with Marisa Tomei.

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readyrisa
Sep 01, 2016

LOVE this movie! Seen this many times, and it's always fresh every time...a definite classic!

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uzebdrumz
Sep 24, 2015

My Cousin Vinny is humorous because of the cultural contrasts between small town Alabama & New York City. It's one thing to be accused of murder & quite another to have your lawyer sentenced to serve jail time multiple times for contempt of court. Realistically, Mona Lisa Vito wouldn't put up with any of this crap & would have traded up long ago, but she complements Vinnie's character with street smarts & the ability to digest court room procedures from a voluminous legal text, plus she's integral to the outcome of the case involving the two "yoots." The film is both slapstick & ridiculous, with enough dialogue to establish the characters & carry the humour through each scene. Will that be breakfast, lunch, or dinner (they all come with grits)?

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StarGladiator
Feb 18, 2014

This was simply a knockout comedy, with Marisa Tomei's performance even more outstanding than her usual fine performances are.

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reginator_22
Jan 23, 2018

Vinny Gambini: It is possible that the two yutes...

Judge Chamberlain Haller: ...Ah, the two what? Uh... uh, what was that word?

Vinny Gambini: Uh... what word?

Judge Chamberlain Haller: Two what?

Vinny Gambini: What?

Judge Chamberlain Haller: Uh... did you say 'yutes'?

Vinny Gambini: Yeah, two yutes.

Judge Chamberlain Haller: What is a yute?

Vinny Gambini: [beat] Oh, excuse me, your honor...

[exaggerated]

Vinny Gambini: Two YOUTHS.

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"I'm sorry, these are going to be a help. I should have looked at these pictures before. I like this, uh, this is our first hotel room, right? That'll intimidate Trotter. Here's one of me from behind. And I didn't think I could feel worse than I did a couple of seconds ago. Thank you. Ah, here's a good one of the tire marks. Could we get any farther away? Where'd you shoot this, from up in a tree? What's this over here? It's dog sh*t. Dog sh*t! That's great! Dog sh*t, what a clue! Why didn't I think of that?"

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"I'm sorry, these are going to be a help. I should have looked at these pictures before. I like this, uh, this is our first hotel room, right? That'll intimidate Trotter. Here's one of me from behind. And I didn't think I could feel worse than I did a couple of seconds ago. Thank you. Ah, here's a good one of the tire marks. Could we get any farther away? Where'd you shoot this, from up in a tree? What's this over here? It's dog sh*t. Dog sh*t! That's great! Dog sh*t, what a clue! Why didn't I think of that?"

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"I'm finished with this guy."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"I'm finished with this guy."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"Well, I hate to bring it up because I know you've got enough pressure on you already. But, we agreed to get married as soon as you won your first case. Meanwhile, ten years later, my niece, the daughter of my sister, is getting married. My biological clock is ticking like this, and the way this case is going, I ain't never getting married!" "Lisa, I don't need this. I swear to God, I do not need this right now, okay? I've got a judge that's just aching to throw me in jail, an idiot who wants to fight me for two hundred dollars, slaughtered pigs, giant loud whistles, I ain't slept in five days, I got no money, a dress code problem, and a little murder case which, in the balance, holds the lives of two innocent kids, not to mention your biological clock; my career, your life, our marriage, and let me see, what else can we pile on? Is there any more sh*t we can pile onto the outcome of this case?! Is it possible?!" "Maybe it was a bad time to bring it up."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"Well, I hate to bring it up because I know you've got enough pressure on you already. But, we agreed to get married as soon as you won your first case. Meanwhile, ten years later, my niece, the daughter of my sister, is getting married. My biological clock is ticking like this, and the way this case is going, I ain't never getting married!" "Lisa, I don't need this. I swear to God, I do not need this right now, okay? I've got a judge that's just aching to throw me in jail, an idiot who wants to fight me for two hundred dollars, slaughtered pigs, giant loud whistles, I ain't slept in five days, I got no money, a dress code problem, and a little murder case which, in the balance, holds the lives of two innocent kids, not to mention your biological clock; my career, your life, our marriage, and let me see, what else can we pile on? Is there any more sh*t we can pile onto the outcome of this case?! Is it possible?!" "Maybe it was a bad time to bring it up."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

"'Dead-on balls accurate'?" "It's an industry term."

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Coarse Language: 34 utterances of the f-bomb. If anything is worth noting, it would be the coarse language. If that's not a problem, this film is safe to watch.

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Sexual Content: One brief scene, played for comedy, in which a man's words accidentally act as a double entendre for prison sex due to context. (I wouldn't even count this as sexual content, to be honest, because if you're not of the age to understand it, it will just go right over your head and be meaningless.)

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Violence: A woman describes a deer getting shot in the head to protest hunting as a pastime. One man punches another in the face; it is obscured and bloodless and done entirely for comic effect. (I wouldn't be concerned about violence; this film contains nothing objectionable in that department.)

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Coarse Language: 34 utterances of the f-bomb. If anything is worth noting, it would be the coarse language. If that's not a problem, this film is safe to watch.

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Sexual Content: One brief scene, played for comedy, in which a man's words accidentally act as a double entendre for prison sex due to context. (I wouldn't even count this as sexual content, to be honest, because if you're not of the age to understand it, it will just go right over your head and be meaningless.)

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

Violence: A woman describes a deer getting shot in the head to protest hunting as a pastime. One man punches another in the face; it is obscured and bloodless and done entirely for comic effect. (I wouldn't be concerned about violence; this film contains nothing objectionable in that department.)

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renheart115
Aug 18, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Sebastian S Gomez
Feb 02, 2012

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renheart115
Aug 18, 2011

renheart115 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

A street-smart albeit inexperienced lawyer from Brooklyn defends his innocent cousin in a murder case in a small Alabama county.

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britprincess1
Jul 27, 2013

A street-smart albeit inexperienced lawyer from Brooklyn defends his innocent cousin in a murder case in a small Alabama county.

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