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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | March 13, 1992
In Alabama, Vinny isn't a fish out of water, he's the lawyer from another planet. The planet he's from is Brooklyn, and it might as well be Mars.Vinny is played by Joe Pesci in a combination of brio, bullet-sweating despair, street cunning and occasional idiocy. In Cousin Vinny" he's summoned to a small Alabama town to defend his college-age cousin (Ralph Macchio, who must be about 40 by now) from a phony murder rap. Imagine his surprise when he learns lawyers are expected to wear coats and ties in court!
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By Ray Frager | November 6, 2008
Texas Christian@Utah 8 p.m. [CBS College Sports] Utah is eighth in the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings, and the undefeated Utes (right) are trying to become the latest team to crash a BCS bowl from outside the power conferences. Plus, you can't say "Utes" without thinking of My Cousin Vinny.
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By Los Angeles Times | January 24, 1991
HOLLYWOOD -- Joe Pesci, winner of two critics' association awards for his supporting performance in "GoodFellas," and Ralph Macchio will star in Palo Vista Productions' "My Cousin Vinny," getting under way Feb. 11 in Georgia.Pesci plays a New York attorney, fresh out of law school, who must defend his cousin in a murder trial. Fred Gwynne, Harissa Tomei, Austin Pendleton, Lane Smith and Mitch Whitfield also star in the comedy written by Dale Launer and directed by British director Jonathan Lynn.
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By JANET GILBERT | July 13, 2008
It's a great month to escape the Maryland heat at the movies. But real life can be far more entertaining than anything Hollywood screenwriters could dream up. So grab a glass of sun tea and enjoy the First Annual Janet's World Top Ten Summer Screenplay Ideas, or, as it is breezily known, FAJWTTSSI. After reading, I think you'll agree that I should definitely make an appointment with a major studio mogul and pitch these ideas immediately. In the trash, perhaps. * It's an airline industry retrospective, taking us back to the exciting days when airports were populated with smartly dressed people hefting voluminous molded plastic suitcases sans wheels.
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By Scott Hettrick and Scott Hettrick,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | October 2, 1992
MY COUSIN VINNYFoxVideo (1992)Joe Pesci must have achieved some sort of record in the past three years for co-starring in more critically and commercially successful films than most actors even have time to watch. After supporting roles in "Goodfellas," "Home Alone" (and its upcoming sequel), "Lethal Weapon 2 and 3" and "JFK," the diminutive Pesci has proven that he can also be commercially viable as the star of comedies, such as "The Super" and "MyCousin Vinny," which earned more than $50 million at theaters this year.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | March 13, 1992
In Alabama, Vinny isn't a fish out of water, he's the lawyer from another planet. The planet he's from is Brooklyn, and it might as well be Mars.Vinny is played by Joe Pesci in a combination of brio, bullet-sweating despair, street cunning and occasional idiocy. In "My Cousin Vinny" he's summoned to a small Alabama town to defend his college age cousin (Ralph Macchio, who must be about 40 by now) from a phony murder rap. Imagine his surprise when he learns lawyers are expected to wear coats and ties in court!
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By Ray Frager | November 6, 2008
Texas Christian@Utah 8 p.m. [CBS College Sports] Utah is eighth in the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings, and the undefeated Utes (right) are trying to become the latest team to crash a BCS bowl from outside the power conferences. Plus, you can't say "Utes" without thinking of My Cousin Vinny.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | November 8, 1994
It's election night -- which, on television, means there usually isn't much to vote for in terms of viewing once you've gone out and voted for real. That's pretty much the case tonight, too, but almost anywhere you turn on broadcast TV will be updates of the hottest local races. And as the night wears on, all three major networks are clearing the final hour of prime time for election coverage. Fox, the minor network, is devoting its night not to politics, but to Pesci: Joe Pesci, star of "My Cousin Vinny."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1996
If you were among the millions who never saw "TV Nation" on NBC and Fox, shame on you: You missed some of TV's best hours. For the uninitiated, tonight's best-of compilation on Comedy Central is a good place to start."
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By Stephen Hunter | October 3, 1992
MOVIESThe wrong hero"Hero" is an examination of the American need for heroes, and it watches as TV makes a giant celeb out of a lean-jawed, tragic fellow who appears to have saved 54 people from a fiery death in an airline crash. He's everything the media craves: sensitive, handsome, caring. He's just not a hero. That's a ratty-looking Dustin Hoffman, a petty criminal touched momentarily by grace. Wonderful movie, with Geena Davis and Andy Garcia. PG-13. *** 1/2 ."My Cousin Vinny" is pretty funny, if crude.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | July 8, 2007
It's too hot to think. Or write. Or do any heavy lifting. It is, as my good friend Arthur says, like sitting in the mouth of a dog. So grab some shade. Power down. Set your brain on simmer. The outdoors will still be there when it cools down a tad. In the meantime ... The fish hanging outside the ladies bathroom at Bass Pro Shop is a crappie. Inside the women's facility hangs a largemouth bass. What are they trying to tell us? Fact: In April, new Department of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Eric Schwaab soothed anglers who doubted the agency's competence, saying: "We're not asking them to trust us. We're asking them to watch us. When you're in a trust hole, making promises isn't going to get you out. Taking positive steps will."
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1997
Boy oh boy, was "My Cousin Vinny" a mistake for director Jonathan Lynn.The pacing was sure, the performances hilarious, the script crisp and clever. Altogether an enjoyable time at the movies.So naturally, when Lynn returns to courtroom farce, as he does in "Trial and Error," what other film is it going to be compared with? You got it. And next to "My Cousin Vinny," "Trial and Error" is cruel and unusual punishment.The film is out of calibration. Performances are either too broad or too flat.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1996
If you were among the millions who never saw "TV Nation" on NBC and Fox, shame on you: You missed some of TV's best hours. For the uninitiated, tonight's best-of compilation on Comedy Central is a good place to start."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | November 8, 1994
It's election night -- which, on television, means there usually isn't much to vote for in terms of viewing once you've gone out and voted for real. That's pretty much the case tonight, too, but almost anywhere you turn on broadcast TV will be updates of the hottest local races. And as the night wears on, all three major networks are clearing the final hour of prime time for election coverage. Fox, the minor network, is devoting its night not to politics, but to Pesci: Joe Pesci, star of "My Cousin Vinny."
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | September 10, 1993
Be honest, now. Would you? Could you? And how would you do it?If you found two sacks containing $1.2 million in $100 bills, lying in the street after bouncing out of an armored truck, would you try to keep the money?In "Money for Nothing," a deftly filmed dramatization of a real incident that made national headlines in 1981, John Cusack decides instantly.Playing an out-of-work Philadelphia longshoreman, Joey Coyle, Mr. Cusack's eyes bulge at the sight of all those Ben Franklin bills. You almost hear his mind exploding with dreams come true.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | December 4, 1992
In "The Distinguished Gentleman," Mr. Murphy goes to Washington, and discovers a city that is last in war, last in peace, and not even in the American League any more.The movie itself isn't much better: It's last in laughs, last in drama but first in Murphy ego, as he gives a performance that everybody has seen before, only louder.The gimmick in the plot is that it attempts to reverse the trajectory in all those other Washington movies, the ones where the naive and earnest crusader moves to D.C. and is corrupted by the greed and sleaze that is so a part of the system.
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By Barry Koltnow and Barry Koltnow,Orange County Register | March 23, 1992
Oscar-winning actor Joe Pesci, out for a rare day of relaxation recently at his local golf course, marched up to the first tee and prepared to whack the ball down the fairway.He drew back his golf club, hesitated in midswing and then slowly lowered his club. With a dazed expression on his face, he stepped back from the tee and began shaking his head, as if to clear it of mental cobwebs. His puzzled golfing partner asked him what was wrong."I didn't know who the hell was about to hit that golf ball," Mr. Pesci told him. "Was it Leo Getz or David Ferry or Tommy or Harry or Joe. I've spent so much time as somebody else, and so little time as myself, I lost sight of who I was for an instant."
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1997
Boy oh boy, was "My Cousin Vinny" a mistake for director Jonathan Lynn.The pacing was sure, the performances hilarious, the script crisp and clever. Altogether an enjoyable time at the movies.So naturally, when Lynn returns to courtroom farce, as he does in "Trial and Error," what other film is it going to be compared with? You got it. And next to "My Cousin Vinny," "Trial and Error" is cruel and unusual punishment.The film is out of calibration. Performances are either too broad or too flat.
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By Stephen Hunter | October 3, 1992
MOVIESThe wrong hero"Hero" is an examination of the American need for heroes, and it watches as TV makes a giant celeb out of a lean-jawed, tragic fellow who appears to have saved 54 people from a fiery death in an airline crash. He's everything the media craves: sensitive, handsome, caring. He's just not a hero. That's a ratty-looking Dustin Hoffman, a petty criminal touched momentarily by grace. Wonderful movie, with Geena Davis and Andy Garcia. PG-13. *** 1/2 ."My Cousin Vinny" is pretty funny, if crude.
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By Scott Hettrick and Scott Hettrick,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | October 2, 1992
MY COUSIN VINNYFoxVideo (1992)Joe Pesci must have achieved some sort of record in the past three years for co-starring in more critically and commercially successful films than most actors even have time to watch. After supporting roles in "Goodfellas," "Home Alone" (and its upcoming sequel), "Lethal Weapon 2 and 3" and "JFK," the diminutive Pesci has proven that he can also be commercially viable as the star of comedies, such as "The Super" and "MyCousin Vinny," which earned more than $50 million at theaters this year.
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