There is nothing so interesting as a fish out of water story.
Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the release of My Cousin Vinny (1992).
Two young men from New York City, Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) and Bill (Ralph Macchio) are traveling through small town Alabama on their way to the west coast for college. Accused of murder, they call the best lawyer they can afford, Bill’s cousin, Vinny (Joe Pesci). Accompanying Vinny is his very frustrated fiance, Mona Lisa (Marisa Tomei). The problem is that Vinny is not exactly on the up and up regarding his standing as a lawyer, in addition to standing out like a sore thumb in the court room. The judge presiding over the case, Judge Haller (Fred Gwynne) is not impressed with Vinny’s courtroom manner.
The comedy in this film comes out from Vinny and his clear lack of experience in the court room. An additional layer of comedy comes from the fact that Mona Lisa is the smarter one of the two of them and actually helps her fiance when he is floundering in the courtroom.
And course, the best scene in the movie is the one above.
I absolutely recommend it.
This movie is 25 years old and is just as funny as it was in 1992.