Real Lawyer Reacts to My Cousin My Cousin Vinny (5/5) Movie 1 day ago   25:41

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I love My Cousin Vinny. Most lawyers do. It is just a great movie that involves great lawyering. Everyone should watch this movie. But the question is: Is Vinny Gambini a good lawyer? We'll find out today.

The movies starts with two students driving through the South on their way to California. Once they arrive in Alabama, they stop at a local convenience store to pick up a few snacks. The store clerk is murdered just after they leave and, in a case of mistaken identity, they are fingered for the crime. Facing execution, the students do not have enough money for a lawyer, so they hire their cousin, Vincent Laguardia Gambini (Joe Pesci). After failing the bar 5 times, Vinny has been a lawyer for about six weeks and has to learn the process on the job. Vinny has to defend his clients and battle an uncompromising judge, some tough locals, and even his fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei).

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I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous.

Today I'm taking a break from representing clients and teaching law students how to kick ass in law school to take on lawyers in the movies and on TV. While all legal movies and shows take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth.

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Comments 5296 Comments

LegalEagle
Seriously, guys. If you're thinking about a suit, I can't recommend Indochino enough. https://bit.ly/2IeeB8W (plus it helps out the channel)
CapricornRising
_i n d o c h i n o_
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Indochino sure got their money’s worth on this sponsorship! 😂😂
LoShaw31
As someone who works in personal injuries litigation, one of the most legally accurate things I've ever seen in either tv or movies is when Vinny first asks the guy in the neck brace in the bar whether he had been rear-ended and then, when he said he had fallen, asks whether it was on someone else's property. It was an A+ right there for me
Aaron Adams
What if you commit something like rape and you want to represent yourself. Can you interview the person you allegedly raped?
jimmyju76
You need to do a bunch of shot on Night Court
jimmyju76
Those Indochino plugs, lol
Jacob Lantom
I used this to help write a part of a novel
L Nicole
Vinny wasn't slurring his words. That is his Brooklyn accent. 🤣🤣🤣 It's a Brooklyn thing. 🤣🤣🤣 When you're from Brooklyn, Everything Else Is Tokyo -Larry King
redandgearhead
The car stuff in this movie is nuts on accurate.
StoneE4
Good video... Absolutely worthy of a thumbs-up.
You earned a thumbs-down for appearing to be a shill.
NHindividualist
Suit ad disguised as a movie review.

Two thumbs down.
CalveeTheFluffy Eevee
16:08
Can I just say how much I LOVE how the witness takes a few seconds to answer the question? Even with the look on his face. He is extremely confused. It's not every day a grown man asks you what a tree is.
Amo Ng
Legal Eagle video or Indochino advertisement. I’m confused
Darksabre812
I love your videos! Ever think about analyzing the song The Trial from Pink Floyd's The Wall?
Raymond Eddleton
Can you do the movie Primal Fear.
Triple Excel
He still shouldn't have gotten away with stealing the can of tuna. On another note, Marrissa Tomei is Peter's and in the new Spiderman movies. She was hot AF then and she's hot AF now. 😍😍😍
Travis Ryno
7:48 I was told by a friend working in downtown FW that racehorse Haynes once or twice made a scene of clumsily spilling water all over himself and getting all flustered in view of the jury... Haha
So can anyone corroborate this?

(lol I got a laugh out of him acting it out man)

....(but really I can see how if you sensed the jury may feel manipulated by your reputation of success or your strategy, that a bit of a clumsy fumble would make a jury feel more socially confident in your presence, and therefore that 'you couldn't possibly fool them' like they previously may have thought) -risky as hell but i could see it.
Travis Ryno
Does Collin County Texas know what a Brady Violation is?
Akila Ramaraj
You should do Real Lawyer Reacts to Runaway Jury and Lincoln Lawyer!
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My Cousin Vinny (5/5) Movie Real Lawyer Reacts to My Cousin 1 day ago   02:34

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CLIP DESCRIPTION:
Mona Lisa (Marisa Tomei) proves her automotive knowledge to the dismissive D.A. (Lane Smith).

FILM DESCRIPTION:
When sweet Northern college kid Bill (Ralph Macchio) and his buddy Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are picked up and thrown into the slammer in a hick Southern town, at first it looks like no big deal. Then they are informed that they are accused of murder. Penniless and without a single friend in the area, Bill decides to call his goofy cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci), who has somehow recently become a lawyer. Full of family feeling and bravado, Vinny, who has never tried a criminal case in his short life as a lawyer, rides south to defend his trusting relative. He's an expert motormouth and street-level logician from the wilder reaches of metropolitan New York, complete with a thick accent and the attitude to go with it. Otherwise, he's much less well qualified than your average public defender. When he arrives on the scene with his equally brassy girlfriend Lisa (Marisa Tomei), Bill is fairly sure he's going to be sentenced to death. His buddy Stan is even less confident of his legal representative, if that's possible, and the first thing Vinny has to do is to regain the consent of his clients to represent them. The local judge doesn't seem any too sympathetic to Vinny's verbal shenanigans either, and even the most optimistic supporter of the boys would begin to have doubts at this point -- and Vinny's no exception. With the insistent moral encouragement of his girlfriend, Vinny somehow accomplishes the impossible and wins grudging (if very irritated) respect from all concerned, for once studying as if his life depended on it.

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Cast: Fred Gwynne, Ralph Macchio, Joe Pesci, Lane Smith, Mitchell Whitfield, Marisa Tomei
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Producers: Paul Schiff, Dale Launer
Screenwriter: Dale Launer

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