Movies | 20 | My Cousin Vinny
This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen and definitely the funniest one set in the court. If you think Joe Pesci is a nice actor – think again, he is fantabulous!
A couple of youngsters – after one of them forgets to pay for a can of tuna at a store - are mistaken for serial killers on the run, while holidaying in native Alabama. While the boys confess for the tuna-scam, the local police mistakes their confession for the murders; and it is then that they call on the services of one of their law-practicing cousins, Vinny, who is otherwise a mobster. Although this is – literally – just the beginning of this one-of-a-kind Joe Pesci-falvoured flick.
Although My Cousin Vinny did not receive the success it deserved, it later grew its fan base by leaps and bounds and is regarded as a must-see in the genre. An added layer of authentic entertainment comes with the fact that director Jonathan Lynn himself (writer of great comedies like Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister) holds a law degree himself.
The acting is great, the humour is spot-on and the plot steadily develops riding on Pesci’s performance and a well-written script.
Psst! Marisa Tomei won the Oscar for her role as a supporting actress.