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My Cousin Vinny

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Courtroom comedy will appeal to teens. Some strong language.

Movie R 1992 120 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 17+

Classic / Humor, but language in released version a bit harsh for many potential viewers.

Funny and yet great to watch characters evolve during the movie. The movie is a classic and wonderful... as long as you are OK with harsh language. (Its perfect for a college+ male crowd.) My wife and kids (19-30y.o.) can't stand to watch enough to enjoy it simply due to the language. On the other hand, I would be VERY happy to show this to a tween, if they would release the rumored alternate version on DVD. If anyone knows of it being out with the voice track, I'd very much like to buy a copy.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
3 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Unnecessarily Foul Language

I had already seen this movie several times on TV when I happened upon the DVD in the $5 bin at Walmart. The TV version has none of the foul language which was present on the DVD. After a few minutes I became so disgusted that I smashed the disc & threw the pieces in the trash. I have 2 things to add. First, there was no apparent loss in continuity in the TV version so whatever had been done to remove the language did not impact the story. Second, based on this movie & what I have heard from others, I will avoid any movie with Joe Pesci.

This title has:

Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (39 ):

Vinny is a role tailor-made for Joe Pesci; he relishes the part, and makes a meal of every courtroom speech and every close encounter with the soul of Alabama. Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for her portrayal of Mona Lisa Vito, and she lights up the screen with her warm, overtly sensuous, yet wise performance. In what must be a first for a legal courtroom farce set in The South, the judge and the law enforcement officers are not played as buffoons or bigots, but honorable and out to administer justice.

There are some very funny moments, indelible characterizations, and memorable lines (no one will forget Vinny's description of America's "yoots."). The plot turns, however, are purposefully silly and far-fetched. Still, it's a delight to watch the two leads see beyond the circumstantial and use their well-hidden mental acuity to win over the hearts and minds of their opponents and the audience.

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