Real Lawyer Reacts to My Cousin Vinny (The Most Accurate Legal Comedy?)

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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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  1. LegalEagle


    Mês atrás

    Seriously, guys. If you're thinking about a suit, I can't recommend Indochino enough. (plus it helps out the channel)

    • Joseph Allan

      Joseph Allan

      Dia atrás

      Could you do one of these for the Daredevil Series? Season one and two I believe have the most to work with.

    • Joe Asher

      Joe Asher

      7 dias atrás

      You should try crowbarring it into the script to make sure people know.

    • J Moore

      J Moore

      9 dias atrás

      I've always been curious. What would happen if Gambini/"Callo" was found to be illegally practicing law? Would he be barred from ever becoming a lawyer or something?

    • Wireball


      10 dias atrás

      So subtle, too!

    • EDDD Cubed

      EDDD Cubed

      14 dias atrás

      if i were a lawyer i would refuse to wear a suit even if the judge banned me and i lost my job. the suit is the uniform of evil. you never see super villains who don't wear suits in this world. i would wear the clothes of the poor and homeless and losers because being rich and powerful and successful is evil. god loves the least amongst us. i would never portray that i am better than someone else by wearing the uniform of the elite. the meek shall inherit the earth and didn't jesus stand in solidarity with the least among us? isn't jesus considered the ultimate role model?

  2. Jason Thompson

    Jason Thompson

    55 minutos atrás

    His nephew talks about how Vinny would pick apart a magic act, and by the end he's wearing a magicians suit and picking apart the case. I always thought that was pretty great.

  3. Dave


    6 horas atrás

    Real Lawyer reacts to Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 6, “The Law of Gods and Men” (aka Tyrion’s Trial) 👌

  4. Robert Evans

    Robert Evans

    8 horas atrás

    You can swap the rear end from the Tempest to a Skylark. It's about as hard as changing a muffler. And just because a paint shade was available in a 63 Pontiac doesn't at all mean that it will be for a 64 Buick as well. This was back when GM was seriously into competition between the badges. The "expert" witness wasn't right about much.

  5. jaredloveless


    11 horas atrás

    Fun! Never seen the movie! Might sometime later.

  6. Yeti tracker 66

    Yeti tracker 66

    15 horas atrás

    This movie made me fall in love with Marisa Tomei.

  7. Liam T

    Liam T

    16 horas atrás

    How exactly is he "reacting" to it if it's already "one of his favourite legal movies of all time"? Clickbait title.

  8. darrenmuse


    18 horas atrás

    Did I just watch a commercial?

  9. Kestrel raptorial

    Kestrel raptorial

    18 horas atrás

    I have this question: If you are stopped by police and believe that you are under wrongful or disproportionate suspicion, are you able to (and if so, at what point) able to ask them what that suspicion is?

  10. Kevin Courville

    Kevin Courville

    21 hora atrás

    I recently finished a jury duty stint, it was an interesting experience.

  11. Steven Katz

    Steven Katz

    Dia atrás

    While the judge was mostly pretty good, he overruled two major objections from Vinny, presumably due to his personal vendetta against him. Obviously appealable and makes him look bad. The better course would have been for the judge to delay the trial, and have time to get to the bottom of Vinny's lies.

  12. Steven Katz

    Steven Katz

    Dia atrás

    MCV was supposed to be part of a thematic trilogy. Not really a trilogy in the sense of continuous narrative but three separate stories with a similar theme. Another part of the trilogy was Trial and Error from 1997. Did you see that? Both a hilarious movie and perhaps Charlese Theron at her absolute hottest. Probably way underrated.

  13. Steven Katz

    Steven Katz

    Dia atrás

    Actually, Vinny took several years to pass the bar. He was not just out of lawschool.

  14. kinetiksilence


    Dia atrás

    Do they make suits in FR?

  15. Eshter Maria

    Eshter Maria

    Dia atrás

    i have to re watch this movie. How your channel can have dislikes...

  16. Dimsrose


    Dia atrás

    roflmbo the sponsor/add placement is actually really well done and kind of cute. Love it.

  17. Matthew Morganti

    Matthew Morganti

    Dia atrás

    This dude pulls bitches..

  18. CalveeThe Eevee

    CalveeThe Eevee

    Dia atrás

    Ao, when you were talking about Discovery, why did you say specifically "The Prosecution?" Was it just because of the contect of the movie? Because if the defence finds any evidence, they would have to turn that in to the Prosecution, if only the Prosecution had to follow this rule and not the Defense than that is already an unfair advantage.

  19. Jack Richards

    Jack Richards

    Dia atrás

    Nitpick: it's the Federal Rules of Evidence, not civil procedure

  20. Andrew Darby

    Andrew Darby

    Dia atrás

    Objection: The judge overrules Vinny's objection about not having been informed about the expert witness with no explanation as to why it was overruled and there was no comment in the video about whether or not a judge would really do this, which I'd be interested in. Second objection: There was no mention of the conduct of the court appointed lawyer, which I also would have been interested in seeing (bolstering the strength of the prosecution's argument, for instance) Third objection: The lawyer for prosecution in this movie is allowed to choose the jury (or at least select whether they are of the right mindset) in one scene. Is this allowed? This feels like misconduct.

  21. Cobra Action1

    Cobra Action1

    2 dias atrás

    "are you mockin' me with that outfit" Jesus Fred Gwynne s just great.

  22. Marcus Thomas

    Marcus Thomas

    2 dias atrás

    My Cousin Vinny is one of the funniest movies ever put on film!

  23. Malic Zarith

    Malic Zarith

    2 dias atrás

    I wish somebody would explain why eyewitness testimony is so important when our memories are so unreliable. It's appearently the highest form of evidence.

    • Joshua Tootell

      Joshua Tootell

      Dia atrás

      Lowest form of evidence in science.

  24. WovenWolf


    2 dias atrás

    One of my all time favorite films.

  25. Aquilam


    2 dias atrás

    The premise of this video is BS, he's just using it as an excuse to re-watch should be re-watched because Joe Pesci is tremendous.

  26. Davey Houston

    Davey Houston

    2 dias atrás

    Saw in theaters marisa tomei blew me away loved this film

  27. cdreyes81


    2 dias atrás

    I havnt seen this movie in over 20 years. Now I really want to watch it again.

  28. Nathan Wahlgren

    Nathan Wahlgren

    2 dias atrás

    One thing had always bothered me about this movie, and that is when Vincent objects to the prosecution calling their automotive expert. The judge tells Vinnie that he has made a coherent and logical argument, then overrules the objection and allows the witness. Why would he do that? CAN he do that? As clearly as the objection was stated, it seems like the judge allowing the witness would be a direct violation of procedure, putting a potential guilty verdict in doubt in case of an appeal.

  29. Ryan Miller

    Ryan Miller

    3 dias atrás

    I’m only disliking because of the shameless promotions. One or two is ok, six is excessive.



    3 dias atrás

    The magician suit!

  31. Brent Young

    Brent Young

    4 dias atrás

    You should come to Northumberland co pa. Judge Weist would fall asleep during hearings

  32. Chris Beaty

    Chris Beaty

    4 dias atrás

    I love this movie, but Marisa Tomei has always bothered me. I know it's a movie and the good guys are supposed to win,but realistically, Marisa Tomei's testimony wasn't actually that good. Her "expert" testimony has one major flaw. She never examined the defendant's car. She can only testify about the car's factory settings. Without examining the car she has no idea about any possible modifications that could explain the same evidence.

  33. Justin D

    Justin D

    4 dias atrás

    Now I know what an Elmo is.

  34. payphonebone


    4 dias atrás

    Most entertaining yet longest drawn out suit commercial to date

  35. Tyler Emerson

    Tyler Emerson

    4 dias atrás

    We actually watched "My Cousin Vinny" in my trial advocacy class in law school for examples of direct and cross examination. After having completed many evidentiary hearings since becoming licensed, this is still one of my favorite legal movies!

  36. Christopher Taylor

    Christopher Taylor

    5 dias atrás

    Prosecution is SUPPOSED to turn all that over, but federal prosecutors keep being busted for not doing that exact thing

  37. Christopher Taylor

    Christopher Taylor

    5 dias atrás

    Somehow I am not surprised that attorneys love this film

  38. Showster’s awesome YouTube channel

    Showster’s awesome YouTube channel

    5 dias atrás

    Your Honor, if it would please the court I would like to motion for a review of the court room scene of Big Daddy. I cite the court’s review of Phoenix Wright, in which the Defendant had a relationships with all of his co-consoles including both his father and his girlfriend.

  39. Infrequent Flyer

    Infrequent Flyer

    5 dias atrás

    is it just me or does he look a lot like Billy Eichner ?

  40. Skydiggz


    5 dias atrás

    So he became a lawyer? I thought he'd sue Macaulay Culkin for those injuries he received

  41. Romie NonofurBiz

    Romie NonofurBiz

    5 dias atrás

    Please do a vid about the movie Fracture w/ Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling! It was a real good movie. However I did have an issue with the ending. How did such a calculating, manipulating mastermind come up with such a clever plan yet overlooked a very basic simple issue that even I, someone who’s got nothing to do with the law, called it as soon as they disconnected the life support. Wonder if the weird desire for American movies to have happy endings had anything to do with that sloppy finish. But rest of the movie seemed great. I’m just worried that it wasn’t realistic. So please review it and either confirm my positive impression or go ahead and disappoint me with cold hard facts... ;) Thanks! Romie

  42. Joseph Prosnitz

    Joseph Prosnitz

    5 dias atrás

    you are an amazing suit shill. of all the advertisements your sell is the best hard sell

  43. Sean M

    Sean M

    5 dias atrás

    All time favorite movie. Watched it in the theater when it first cane out. I also watch it at least 3-4 times a year.

  44. Faust Scalpel

    Faust Scalpel

    5 dias atrás

    This movie is just one of my favorite movies in general "fuckin jacket!"

  45. Ellimistique Krystal

    Ellimistique Krystal

    5 dias atrás

    Can't tell if your advertising for your suit company, or trying to write off the suit for tax purposes.

  46. myself248


    5 dias atrás

    That's not an example Elmo! That's an overhead transparency projector! The Elmo brand is best known for document cameras, a video camera on a fancy stand that feeds images of *opaque* documents to a projector. So things like photos can be projected without having to be developed as slides.

  47. R.C. Whitehead

    R.C. Whitehead

    5 dias atrás

    I love this movie, but as the owner of a 1964 Buick Skylark convertible, I can report that Buick did offer a limited-slip differential as an option for this model and year of vehicle.

    • Joshua Tootell

      Joshua Tootell

      Dia atrás

      Also doesn't transfer equal power to both axles, just transfers a small amount of torque to the low traction wheel. A locker would provide equal power 😁

  48. Jimmy Charles

    Jimmy Charles

    5 dias atrás

    Do "find me guilty" next. Vin Diesel

  49. Steve Facer

    Steve Facer

    5 dias atrás

    Are you sure? Positive!

  50. Jeff Trinkle

    Jeff Trinkle

    6 dias atrás

    I've never seen this movie but I would pound out the chick at like 6:00

  51. R E

    R E

    6 dias atrás

    No human blinks that rapid.. Wtf is up with this guy...

  52. Jonathan Kasten

    Jonathan Kasten

    6 dias atrás

    I love this movie, this was a very enjoyable breakdown, and very insightful. Thank you

  53. james beard

    james beard

    6 dias atrás

    Vinny didn't just graduate law school at the beginning of the movie. He graduated at least three years before that as he didn't pass the bar until his sixth attempt.

  54. DropsOfDestruction


    6 dias atrás

    I love that scene in Wayne's world where they do the "shameless advertising" for the sponsors. Sound familiar? ; ]

  55. Rick Majtenyi

    Rick Majtenyi

    6 dias atrás

    This movie was used as the springboard for courtroom procedure when I went through the POST Academy in California.

  56. Libertarian Kirk

    Libertarian Kirk

    6 dias atrás

    OBJECTION: You did not comment on the likelihood of the prosecutor dismissing all charges before sending the case to the jury.

  57. Clockwork Robot

    Clockwork Robot

    7 dias atrás

    Can you do "The Judge" starting Robert Downey Jr.?

  58. abortedlord


    7 dias atrás

    Man I forgot how great this movie is, I'm gonna go watch it again. Thanks for the breakdown and the reminder.

  59. Frank Nava

    Frank Nava

    7 dias atrás

    fucking finally found the suits you wear!!!! been waiting a long time, now i have to decide on what colors scheme i want

  60. James Wilson

    James Wilson

    7 dias atrás

    The "Sac-o-Suds use to be in Butts county GA. Use to pass it on the way to the lake

  61. Valor Uvekk

    Valor Uvekk

    7 dias atrás

    This movie was my favorite comedy as a kid. Lol

  62. ourcorrect opinions

    ourcorrect opinions

    7 dias atrás

    Objection: You would never be able to convince any jury on the planet that you and Joseph Fiennes are two different people.

  63. ourcorrect opinions

    ourcorrect opinions

    7 dias atrás

    I bet you can argue the pants off a jury about almost any case, except the one where you try to convince 12 people that you and Joseph Fiennes are different people.

  64. chuck grable

    chuck grable

    7 dias atrás

    Objection: that's not Marissa tomei, that's aunt may

  65. adbkevin


    7 dias atrás

    I love this movie!

  66. Southpaw


    7 dias atrás

    I think i will watch this movie. Thanks!

  67. Ben Spamer

    Ben Spamer

    8 dias atrás


  68. James G

    James G

    8 dias atrás

    Marisa Tomei makes talking tires sexy.

  69. Martin Poole

    Martin Poole

    8 dias atrás

    "Perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove?"

  70. TheThoughtGuy


    8 dias atrás

    If I watch enough of your movie scene reviews, and learn everything NOT to do, do I then become a lawyer?

  71. Bogey Down low

    Bogey Down low

    8 dias atrás

    It will take you forever but could you do tim heidecker on cinema court video

  72. Rob Von

    Rob Von

    8 dias atrás

    You should do a React Video of "Omar Testifies Against Bird from The Wire".

  73. Eddie Rowe

    Eddie Rowe

    8 dias atrás

    Objection: "a matter of 2 seconds" assumed facts not in evidence - the time the defendants were in the point of view of the witness.

  74. Darius Ramos

    Darius Ramos

    8 dias atrás

    Do Making a Murderer, next!

  75. Darius Ramos

    Darius Ramos

    8 dias atrás

    The yutes of the community thank you for your service!

  76. Alex Upton

    Alex Upton

    9 dias atrás

    You should do Big Daddy

  77. Yo Yo

    Yo Yo

    9 dias atrás

    Don't you ruin this movie for me! I'll sue you!!!

  78. Alex H

    Alex H

    9 dias atrás

    Loved marisa tomei in this movie, her character is perfect. Pesci of course is also a great, I mean, all the casting decisions are high tier.

  79. OUTDOORfilms1


    9 dias atrás

    Is it true that in reality, neither lawyer is allowed to be that close to a witness while in the witness stand?

  80. J M

    J M

    9 dias atrás

    I would have liked to hear your comments on Vinny's cross on the 3rd witness, the half blind woman. Most trial lawyers don't understand that a jury not only hears your argument, but also watches your "People Skills" when crossing a witness, who, in this case, was elderly a kindly soul and someone who; if you stepped outside of the standards of respect. Would have soured the whole walk back of the testimony to the jury and most likely would have been sanctioned by the court. Thus moving the momentum back to the prosecution. I think Joe Pesci handled the grand motherly witness in such a way, that it probably sealed the deal after her testimony. For that scene alone, "My Cousin Vinny" gets an A+ from me.

    • 295Phoenix


      5 dias atrás

      Yeah, he did an excellent job using different tones with each of the different witnesses.

  81. cmmndrblu


    9 dias atrás

    This man is impossibly handsome

  82. Ian Heier

    Ian Heier

    9 dias atrás

    I love this movie too.. excellent breakdown from a legal point of view thanks. I'd really like your take of my favorite court room drama 'Witness for the Prosecution'.

  83. John Laury

    John Laury

    9 dias atrás

    One of my all time favorite movies (I'm of Italian descent), and although not a lawyer, I always felt the movie seemed fairly accurate.

  84. Aspiring Marauder

    Aspiring Marauder

    9 dias atrás

    If that happened these days, those kids would've been shot dead for putting their hands down to open the car door. Police are getting their rocks off on the power we give them.

    • Aspiring Marauder

      Aspiring Marauder

      9 dias atrás

      +Steve Johnson

    • Steve Johnson

      Steve Johnson

      9 dias atrás

      If you're going to make a generalization like that, you should also remember that cops only shoot black people so these two guys would still be fine.

  85. Moises Martinez Morales

    Moises Martinez Morales

    9 dias atrás

    I would love for you to react to the movie "The Judge"

  86. garbonomics


    9 dias atrás

    Did you have to get the suit touched up by a tailor after delivery from Indochino? Or was it a good fit right form the start?

  87. Scrap5000


    9 dias atrás

    The experts are often full of shit, and they lie as well.

  88. vargavision


    9 dias atrás

    Out of all the actors the casting director picked, Fred Gwynne was THE perfect choice (and sadly his last performance). My Cousin Vinney, is an awesome film.

    • CptDunsel


      8 dias atrás

      True - but how wonderful that such a marvelous actor went out with such a marvelous final role!

  89. Mahwish Amir

    Mahwish Amir

    9 dias atrás

    Our law teacher (grade 11) made us watch this for fun. She also made us watch Philadelphia (starring Tom Hanks) that ones much more serious.

  90. Death By Design Graphics

    Death By Design Graphics

    9 dias atrás

    I don't see any reason that they wouldn't teach disclosure in law school. That kinda seems like basic juries prudence to me and I'm not a lawyer by a long shot.

  91. Josh Myers

    Josh Myers

    10 dias atrás

    Objection! After hearing the start of the video, does that mean there are jokes that only lawyers get?

  92. LeadCounsel


    10 dias atrás

    I'm a trial attorney. Great film for entertainment, and not a class on courts. It's terrible for courtroom stuff. Peschi would be sanctioned by the Judge for lying and disrespect. Cross exam is "yes" or "no" Q&A. Not narratives. Also, compound questions are not allowed. Also, a lawyer wouldn't ask a question he doesn't know the answer to, or be argumentative, or ask questions like the 20 minute grits without establishing it takes 20 minutes to cook grits. Pictures would never be introduced like this. The jury would need to see each contemporaneous to the witness description. Prosecution clearly violates the rules on civil procedure and notice of witnesses. The "Daubert" standard is pronounced "Dauber." I love Marisa Tomei but her testimony is absurd and not an "expert" testimony. I don't recall her "credentials," but an opposing counsel could easily get her to agree that a car could be modified with posi-traction and nullify her testimony.

  93. Bryan Anderson

    Bryan Anderson

    10 dias atrás

    I'm a fake lawyer. I literally made up my own degree in law a short time ago. I did however have the same reacts.

  94. JabelPoso


    10 dias atrás

    Where are your pants!?

  95. Inviting1word


    10 dias atrás

    So what you're saying is... we all need a Law suit?

  96. Retrospective Spectacular

    Retrospective Spectacular

    10 dias atrás

    Whoa whoa what's with the spoilers, man. That's not very lawyerish.

  97. jackie Berry

    jackie Berry

    11 dias atrás

    LegalEagle did Ted bundy get a fair trial I think you should make a video about the Netflix Ted Bundy special

  98. Mexie Mex

    Mexie Mex

    11 dias atrás

    Not seen My Cousin Vinny in years, will have to dig out the DVD (I did say it had been a long time LOL) and give it a rewatch.

  99. PaidInBoredom


    11 dias atrás

    Cover Find Me Guilty.

  100. noble106


    11 dias atrás

    Is it just me, or does this guy look like Aaron Eckhart aka Harvey Dent from The Dark Knight? 🤔

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