Movie Watch: My Cousin Vinny & Groundhog Day

So many of my favorite movies were released in 1992. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Last of the Mohicans, Singles, Wayne’s World, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Bodyguard, Sister Act, Encino Man… I’d see them over and over, especially when they hit the dollar theater.

That’s how I ended up missing My Cousin Vinny. There were just too many other great movies to watch, and hey, I was a teenager. Christian Slater and Luke Perry were way more interesting than Joe Pesci.

Since then… I don’t know why I never got around to seeing it. It’s been 30 years (?!), and it’s been recommended by more people than I can count. I guess it just slipped through the cracks, which tends to happen with movies I don’t see right away.

Anyway, I digress. The point is, I finally watched My Cousin Vinny and I loved it. Joe Pesci was great, of course, but Marisa Tomei was brilliant. I totally understand why she won an Oscar for this movie… she was a pleasure to watch from beginning to end. I especially liked her automotive expertise, which was a nice departure from stereotypes that were all too common in the early 90s.



For 30 years, I’ve heard people rave about this movie. They go on and on about how awesome it is, only to lose their shit when I tell them I’ve never seen it.

Now that I have? I still don’t see what all the fuss is about. Yeah, it was an interesting concept and Bill Murray gave a solid performance, but it didn’t strike me as some great modern classic. It felt average for the time period/genre… not terrible, but not remarkable either.




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