Real Lawyer Reacts to My Cousin My Cousin Vinny - Magic Grits 1 day ago   25:41

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Is it possible that the two yutes...excuse me, two YOUTHS...
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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 4263 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)
tricky205
I love this movie too. The first time I saw it, I was was in college in Ears, uth Carolina. The second time I saw it after I moved to Alabama to attend law school. After graduating and practicing law in Alabama for a few years, I watched it a third time. Fred Gwen sounds just like a small town Circuit Judge here. His best performance ever!
Pinfeldorf
Why couldn't you have had the Indochino promo a year ago when I bought 3 suits from them?
lisainsf
Yes! I have seen this movie a dozen times and love it every time! The cross examinations were perfect. You also have the most realistic Brooklyn accents ever filmed.
MrJohnisthename
I just recently found your channel and already I'm a fan. By chance if you read this comment .I hope you'll consider reviewing one of my favorite movies "The Verdict"
Dan Cujo
Ok, what is a yout?
Mike Jones
Took them all the way to the end of the movie to figure out the getaway car had positraction and the kids car wasn't.
philosopher IQ
Do a react to the movie find me guilty
Perktube1
Da Yutes
magicninja31
I object....if you gave it anything other than an A you would have been convicted of inciting a riot....thus...you had no choice and were coerced.
Aaron Savage
If you've never seen My Cousin Vinny, you haven't been living right. Go watch it immediately! It's one of the greatest comedies of all time.
Michael Abaho
Wow, this guy really loves Indochino. Probably because it's the best source of affordable custom made suits in the world.
John Hilman
Not a lawyer... don't know law either, but this is just one of my favorite movies PERIOD!!!! and I quote it often too. "What is a yout?" hahahaha
Ben Knight
So the officer asks them to put both hands on their heads before stepping out of the car....this officer doesn't seem to understand how door handles work.
BeachFishing
I wonder how many clients he charged for him making this video.
Allen Albright
" is that an accredited law school ? " lol Fred's daughter married a girl that I went to school with. Fred must have been just several houses down from me a couple times, too bad I never saw him. Great actor and comedy timing.
David Yeakle
You're right, $379 is a ridiculous price. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night knowing there's a homeless guy starving to death right down the street and I just paid several months worth of groceries to look like a douche. Never trust anyone wearing a suit.
Mr D
Have you done a "...vs The Verdict" with Paul Newman? One of my all time favorite court movies. These videos you're doing are awesome, very entertaining.
mrsparkle001
Oh and what I think is the biggest flaw of the movie: Why didn't the sheriff check if a similar car was stopped in the beginning of the movie? Nobody bothered to check until Vinny asked him to, and it only took a few easy minutes. But so what right? Movie is great.
mrsparkle001
So after watching this I'm basically a lawyer now
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