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

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  • Published on Apr 10, 2019
  • 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 • 5 388

  • LegalEagle
    LegalEagle  4 months ago +753

    Seriously, guys. If you're thinking about a suit, I can't recommend Indochino enough. bit.ly/2IeeB8W (plus it helps out the channel)

    • Shinken7
      Shinken7 19 days ago

      these are good suits.

    • Jon Foxe
      Jon Foxe Month ago

      @Brendan Sullivan shill

    • Scepless Ghost
      Scepless Ghost Month ago

      Can you react to phone write the muisical because it got different lawyering than the game and I have a few of this is possible Questions

    • Christopher Parks
      Christopher Parks Month ago

      I had a lawyer who called the judge an asshole once. This was because my actual lawyer was sick the day of my hearing so a partner in his office stood in for me to get a continuance. The judge kept trying to question me about the case even though my lawyer was not present. He kept doing this even after the lawyer who stood in objected. The other attorneys in the room couldnt believe that the judge kept firing questions at me. Everyone was surprised by the judge's misconduct.

    • donkique956
      donkique956 Month ago

      LegalEagle you made me a believer!

  • James Lewis
    James Lewis 2 hours ago

    Your infographic and your explanation of the rules for expert witnesses say that they came from the Federal Rules of (Civil) Procedure, but they actually come from the Federal Rules of Evidence; also, much of the current interpretation of that rule (the Daubert standard) came about after that movie (and could be said to have been foreseen by it). A minor point is that the murder trial was almost surely a state-level trial, but the Federal Rules of Evidence are also used in many state courts with little variation and are similar to the rules in many other states.

  • Tim Atkinson
    Tim Atkinson 12 hours ago

    Objection, why may you not speak badly to a judge, speaking a conditional statement, but you can do it to a police officer?

  • dc422dc422
    dc422dc422 12 hours ago

    Objection: you confuse the rules of evidence with the rules of criminal procure (which you mistake for the rules of civil procedure).

  • James Mayhew
    James Mayhew 20 hours ago

    pretty sure your monologue about indochino was argumentative :-)

  • Michael Lascelles

    This is fantastic I like how you break this all down I'm addicted to these videos!.....keep em coming!👌

  • Elizabeth Guerra
    Elizabeth Guerra 2 days ago +1

    Love this movie ! How can I double "like" on this video? Lol

  • Fox Macnamara
    Fox Macnamara 2 days ago

    ANYBODY that is reading this Google Search: "Judge Scott Sulley Maricopa Arizona" this man was the WORLD'S WORST JUDGE! He died a few years ago...but I had the misfortune of being in his courtroom (for an assault charge) and YES I was guilty...But took it to trial anyways, which was a mistake! But Judge Sulley would often fall asleep in his chair in the middle of testimony, he would shout "SHUT UP" to ANYONE he was even mildly irritated with (lawyers, plantiffs, and defendants alike) he would often reek like booze. He was also extremely RACIST turning off the courtroom microphone and uttering the "N-Word" under his breath. If you look up the articles written about him you will read about all of this and more. He also "misappropriated" about $300,000 at the court house. He was eventually stripped of his title and fired with no chance of ever representing a court room ever again....WORST JUDGE EVER! And a despicable human being too! Not because of my personal case there either, as I said I was guilty as hell and got what I deserved!

  • Fox Macnamara
    Fox Macnamara 2 days ago

    What state do you practice in? Did you pass the bar your first try? How long have you been practicing?

  • DJad Focstakuorta
    DJad Focstakuorta 2 days ago

    Aint 100% sure but i think his suits are made by Indochino ? :-?

  • Accrovideogames
    Accrovideogames 2 days ago +3

    I took an optional law course in college and the teacher, who was also a lawyer, made us watch that movie before giving us an exam about it. Most of the questions were pretty much exactly the points you explained in your video. For example, one of the questions asked was what was wrong with the identification process. Even though the course was about the Canadian criminal law and Quebecan civil law, as that's where I live, most of the stuff seen in the movie also applies here.

  • Danniel Giraldo
    Danniel Giraldo 3 days ago

    Have you done and justice for all?

  • snatchadams69
    snatchadams69 3 days ago

    Geez Fred Gwynne's character was a real ::looks at the camera:: 'Munster' in this film...

  • snatchadams69
    snatchadams69 3 days ago

    "I killed the, clerk?"
    "I, killed the clerk?"
    "Whoa!"

  • Bhupen Parikh
    Bhupen Parikh 4 days ago

    what a waste of video

  • Troy Mendez
    Troy Mendez 4 days ago

    I would also argue that Ms Vito’s statement is actually a fact. Technically a fact is something that can be proven right or wrong where an opinion is something that is a personal belief that can’t really be proven. Her statement can be proven or disproven. But if she said the car was the best ever made, then you can’t really prove that. But her conclusions on how the tire marks couldn’t made by the Buick Skylark can actually be tested.

  • Troy Mendez
    Troy Mendez 4 days ago +2

    Good video but I was a little disappointed that nothing was mentioned about how brilliant it was to ask the grit eating witness how he cooked his grits. Joe Pesci asked him if he like to cook them regular creamy or al dente.
    For those who don’t get it, a way out for the witness would have been to turn around and later say he didn’t like his grits cooked completely. If he liked them underdone or al dente, then it would have thrown off the defense. But to cover that escape, he asks first so the witness couldn’t use that excuse later. If he had said he likes them creamy then the time would have been even longer than 20 minutes.

  • areveivo
    areveivo 4 days ago +2

    Ive seen this movie at least a couple of times and it has always entertained me

  • Cidy Silva
    Cidy Silva 4 days ago

    My Cousin Vinny is one of my favourites films EVER. I love it! Great cast, great direction, great plot! Everything is fantastic in this film.

  • Word Of Wrestling
    Word Of Wrestling 4 days ago

    I was sure I was destined to be a lawyer after watching this movie as a kid. Spoiler alert: 15 years later, I’m not a lawyer 😔

  • Gentlemen #rEkCaH01 Plays

    I know a guy who was in this film as prison guard.

  • Ryan Morton
    Ryan Morton 5 days ago

    You should react to Battlestar Galactica's Trial of Giaus Baltar. Season 3 Episodes 19 & 20. Crossroads pt. 1&2

  • drugs bunny
    drugs bunny 5 days ago

    The prison scene is fkn hilarious.

  • Pepper Perez
    Pepper Perez 6 days ago

    Objection joey is a tough guy not a suit!

  • Christina m
    Christina m 6 days ago

    Objection! Failure to include the scene proving the defendants were not informed of their charges before questioning and most likely their miranda rights

  • Theldras Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

    so... if they robbed the place, they obviously was able to find evidence in their car, right?
    like the stolen cash and goods?
    a gunshot was heard so obviously they found the gun in the car with their prints on it, right?
    when they where stopped they was in a hurry to get away as you would expect from armed robbers who just recently shot and robbed a store, right? no? what do you mean no?!
    you do at the very least have evidence besides highly dubious vittnes testimony, dont you? what do you mean no you dont?
    you mean you did not compare the tire treads, you did not check if the car model in question is even capable of leaving such marks, you did not find the weapon/you found the weapon but did not check if their prints match the ones on the weapon/you found a weapon in their car but did not check if it matches the bullet found on scene, you did not find the stolen money and goods, you did not even check for gunpowder residue on their hands?!!?!?!
    why are we even in this court right now?

    oh right, i forgot, they accidentally stole a can of tuna because he put it in his pocket because his hands was full and just simply forgot about it, so obviously they paid for the things in their hands, shot the clerk with a gun they clearly did not have, just so they could get away with accidentally stealing a can of tuna that the clerk never even noticed...

  • DreeG 18
    DreeG 18 8 days ago

    You got magic grits?

  • masterm2011
    masterm2011 9 days ago

    I have a question during Mona Lisa Vito's testimony and she was asked if her statement was an opinion or fact you said it was an opinion but if what she said was true and correct how is it not a fact?

  • Stupid Android
    Stupid Android 9 days ago

    “What is a ‘Ute?’”
    Me: an Australian
    “A TYPE OF CAR

  • Wendy Harper
    Wendy Harper 9 days ago

    "Don't lie to the judge".
    Haven't the FISA judges figured out they were lied to by Comey and the FBI about the Steele Dossier, to get warrants to spy on Trump people? It's hard to believe they haven't heard all the reports on the lies, and using the false Steele dossier, paid for by the clintons. Don't these judges care that they were PLAYED by the FBI and Clintons? Don't they care that they were bamboozled? Do they like being made to look like fools? Why haven't these judges gone after the people who exploited them?

  • luffis1985
    luffis1985 9 days ago

    Hey legal people it's time to think like an eagle!

  • Codrin Moisa
    Codrin Moisa 9 days ago

    What I didn't understand was what kind of foundation the prosecutor had to make. The FBI dude said he was working with the bureau for 18 years, and that he was working in some car related department. The only mistake the prosecutor made was that he didn't give Joe a name and a report. I don't see what foundation he had to make. The problem addressed should've been the one surrounding the fact that the prosecutor didn't tell the defense that this witness would testify. I'm not a lawyer or anything, so I'm probably wrong, but can someone please explain to me why am I wrong?

  • the_almighty_zordan
    the_almighty_zordan 9 days ago

    You should also do the People vs. OJ netflix series!

  • Marcos Jimenez
    Marcos Jimenez 10 days ago

    I had to stop this video and watch the movie first lol

  • Ezekiel Alicea
    Ezekiel Alicea 11 days ago

    I'm in a court reporting program in Chicago, and I have heard that a court reporter should always dress as well as the lawyers. I will definitely take a look at Indochino!

  • Kestrel raptorial
    Kestrel raptorial 11 days ago

    So, do lawyers quote this favorite movie of theirs in casual life, or in the courtroom?

  • Rex Jolles
    Rex Jolles 11 days ago +1

    OBJECTION! You pressured me with your nice suits

  • Dragonlordfrodo TV
    Dragonlordfrodo TV 12 days ago

    Is it ever appropriate to call the Judge "Judge" to his face? I always say "Yes your honor" "No your honor". Some people say Yes judge no Judge.

  • Garret Ferret
    Garret Ferret 12 days ago

    Indochino actually sounds really helpful I will probably get my next suit from there thoe i dont know the next time I’ll actually need a suit

  • Eagleyes0988
    Eagleyes0988 14 days ago

    Just watched this last night such a great movie could watch it 1000 times

  • SubQuinnIG
    SubQuinnIG 15 days ago

    Teen titans go made a reference to 20:21

  • SubQuinnIG
    SubQuinnIG 15 days ago

    “Objection!”
    “On what grounds?”
    0:32 0:41 Two different questions.”
    “Sustained.”

  • Tommy V
    Tommy V 15 days ago

    The defense is Wroooooannggggg

  • Larry Berry
    Larry Berry 15 days ago

    I've wondered, and Vinny seems like an appropriate place for the subject, about one lawyer attacking another lawyers credibility being acceptable. Many years ago, I was in an auto accident and was found to bear most but not all the fault. The other person in the accident later tried to sue for more money. My insurance company appointed lawyer as one part of his defense actually put the opposing counsel on the stand and attacked their credibility. The fact that they advertised on tv, and particularly what the mascot of their firm was. It was Mickey Mouse, implying that they were a Mickey Mouse operation. They really came across as ambulance chasers, but I wondered about that mode of defense, of "If they hired These guys". It seems like a bit of an ad hominem attack. That wasn't their whole case or even a large part of it. The vast majority was about the actual events of the accident

  • curlywolfone
    curlywolfone 16 days ago

    Sidebar: Keep Wintergreen Lifesavers in your pocket while in court, even the smell of Wintergreen can prevent you from becoming sleepy.

  • TheMerryPup
    TheMerryPup 16 days ago

    In your analysis at the end you say that Vinny just graduated law school. Incorrect! He'd graduated 6 years before. After he graduated he was ". . .studyin'. . .for the bar." (Six times was the charm!)

  • Rob Schaffer
    Rob Schaffer 16 days ago +1

    Is that a drip I hear?

  • JOE Bozza
    JOE Bozza 16 days ago

    Has anyone ever listened to a real lawyer in a real courtroom..So boring.

  • Matthew Fields
    Matthew Fields 17 days ago

    Is it illegal not to wear a suit? Does a judge really have legal authority over the way people in his courtroom dress?

  • Mark Stanley
    Mark Stanley 17 days ago

    With vinnie disproving the eye witnesses and the prosecution not having the murder weapon. Would they not have to drop the case due to a lack of evidence?

  • Emperor Franz Josef I
    Emperor Franz Josef I 17 days ago +1

    I... 👏.....dentical. lol

  • DJTROUT
    DJTROUT 17 days ago

    My dad is a judge and he quotes it to the younger lawyers all the time bc they generally haven’t seen it and the older guys get a kick out of it. Anyways a hotshot 20 something year old is being a bit of an ego dickhead and makes a big objection, and my father goes “mr.so and so that is a lucid, well thought out, intelligent objection. Overruled. And to this day all the bailiffs and judges make fun of this guy for it

  • theSicoplayer _
    theSicoplayer _ 17 days ago

    30k like

  • Brian Mackle
    Brian Mackle 18 days ago

    And now I'm hooked. My man.

  • Mythmaker12687
    Mythmaker12687 19 days ago +4

    Objection! The best line of the movie was not included.
    "That was a lucid, intelligent, well-thought-out objection. Overruled."

  • Jordan Cunningham
    Jordan Cunningham 19 days ago

    I love this movie. Marissa tomei is so good and beautiful in this movie. She's definitely one of my favorite actresses, i wish we could see her more in the MCU Spider-man movies.

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 19 days ago

    As a cop, if the kids had acted like they did in the car, they would have been yheeted

  • Ashley&Shaun Farrier
    Ashley&Shaun Farrier 19 days ago +2

    I’d like to see the courtroom analysis from the exorcism of Emily Rose

  • Shinken7
    Shinken7 19 days ago

    @legaleagle do "The Hurricane"

  • MooseKnuckle
    MooseKnuckle 20 days ago

    I saw a Lawful Masses video where this movie was sighted in a court of appeals case. Novato Healthcare Center v National Labor Relations Board. Look up and read that opinion. It is great!!!!

  • Nora Mero
    Nora Mero 20 days ago

    yup i almost fell asleep during jury duty.

  • casbyness
    casbyness 20 days ago

    What Joe Pesci's character does with the eyewitness is actually even smarter than what you explain. The tiny little point he makes right at the end, where he asks the witness to count the bushes and then has to correct him because the witness miscounted, is pure dynamite. A smart juror would pick up on the fact that the witness couldn't even correctly identify the number of bushes obscuring his view of the defendents, therefore how can we possibly trust his account of what happened beyond those seven bushes? The witness says he saw two guys - is he sure it wasn't four? Or zero?

  • Moist Goat
    Moist Goat 21 day ago

    Ricky Spanishhhhh

  • Duncan Dönitz
    Duncan Dönitz 21 day ago

    What is a Ute?

  • Jessa Sardina
    Jessa Sardina 21 day ago

    8:52
    Me: "With 3 eyes, he better had seen something!"
    Judge: "Bailiff, please remove juror number 7 from the courtroom."
    Me being forcibly removed from sight: "Hehehhehhehworthithe-eeehehe.."

  • Smitty Werben Jaeger man Jensen

    Dayum. When I finally get into a police application process, I might hit up Indochino for them oral board duds.

  • pleaseyourselfsir
    pleaseyourselfsir 21 day ago

    2019 , and only now does Legal Eagle do a analysis on the film ‘My Cousin Vinny’ !
    ....But worth the wait ! 🧐🇬🇧🤔🤓👍🏻🤝❤️❤️❤️👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  • Harvey Harbicht
    Harvey Harbicht 22 days ago

    This may be one of your best videos. Well done.

    I'd like to suggest what may be your next theme of videos: "What Crimes Were Committed? and the first movie you do be The Wizard Of Oz". I am *not* a lawyer but it seems to me as we go through it there would be:
    Accidental Manslaughter
    Illegal entry of an animal without proper medical records.
    Theft of property (The West Witch's late sister's slippers; now the West Witch's property)
    Accessory to theft.
    Verbal Assault/threats of violence/actual violence
    Endangering a minor. (Glinda sends Dorothy out along on a dangerous mission)
    Theft of apples
    More assault and battery
    Hiring an assassin/Incitement to murder. (The Wizard KNEW the only way to get that broom was for them to kill the witch!)
    Conspiracy to assassinate a political leader during peacetime.
    Endangerment of a minor
    Kidnapping
    More assault and battery.
    Illegal entry
    Unintentional Manslaughter (Witch Melting)
    Theft of a broom (That solder had no right to give Dorothy that broom)

    I think everybody is going to prison except Toto! Oh wait, he did bite Miss Glump.

  • impatience1
    impatience1 22 days ago

    LOVED your dissection here of what makes for great cross examination. I also love Law & Order and Sam Waterston is my favorite Asst DA on that show. I must say, though, that I am rarely impressed with cross examination on that show. Occaasionally, however, it DOES achieve greatness. There was one occasion where Sam Waterston references Orson Wlles in The Thrid Man in an impromptu cross examination that was brilliant. I was wondering what you thought of that show and of cross examination on that show, especially.

  • Brock Deskins
    Brock Deskins 22 days ago

    Love the movie. Love the Analysis. Love the shameless plugs.

  • NonDripHelmet
    NonDripHelmet 23 days ago

    Judges can't discriminate on clothing alone. If they do I'd call a mistrial.

  • Derek Jackson
    Derek Jackson 23 days ago

    You didn’t grade the part at the end when Joe Pesci asked the sheriff to run down a lead for him. I was told that under no circumstances will the prosecution or the police help out the defendant even if it that help led to proof of innocence.
    Is that true?

  • Jen Toland
    Jen Toland 23 days ago

    "Let's begin TO My Cousin Vinny!" What the hell kind of grammar is that?😉😎

  • impatience1
    impatience1 23 days ago

    Love the movie! Love your channe;!

  • Andrew F {pluckyfella7}

    Suppose that, like the scene above at the beginning, the police officer pulled me over as driving on my own, and being deaf, I cannot decipher a bloody word that the police officer is saying? While he is there yelling his commands to my rear while I need to lipread? The police officer cannot hear me say "I am deaf ; I cannot understand you" (or more correctly with a speech impediment lol. I am actually deaf, so there!). Would the police officer shoot me just because I am apparently and unintentionally 'refusing to comply'? That would be stupid, wouldn't it? What am I supposed to do in such a situation, other than hoping that the police officer finally realises that he is talking to a deaf driver? Write a sign? lol. Just wondering, LegalEagle. What do you say?