My Cousin Vinny (1992)

This early 1990s mainstream comedy has a reputation as something of a crowd pleaser, and to be honest it leaves me a bit mystified. It’s got a plot straight out of a 1980s comedy and an unnecessary 120 minute running length, and most peculiarly it also doesn’t seem to have a musical score, making for awkward silent stretches that impede the movie from gathering any form of momentum. It get better in the second half, but getting there is a bit of a slog. Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for her charming, star-making supporting performance, but I’d say the real star here is Fred Gwynne, who carefully pronounces each syllable of his dialogue for maximum comedic effect.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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