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

  • 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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    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 • 4 657

  • LegalEagle
    LegalEagle  Month ago +568

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      chrx nxmn 2 days ago

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    • Karl Smith
      Karl Smith 5 days ago

      Brendan Sullivan Happy birthday, chief

    • Milf Man
      Milf Man 5 days ago

      Please analyze and comment on a great trial movie, INHERIT THE WIND.

    • Karl Smith
      Karl Smith 5 days ago

      LegalEagle is there any chance I could get you to do a analysis of the Court martial scene in Star Trek:TOS when Capt Kirk is charged with inadvertently killing a member of the Enterprise Crew ( I can't remember the title of the episode in question)

    • Joseph Allan
      Joseph Allan 7 days ago

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

  • towert7
    towert7 9 hours ago

    A really great comedy movie.

  • zahzahvah
    zahzahvah Day ago

    "Pennsylvania v Mimms" - get out of the car!

  • Jo-Fu Master
    Jo-Fu Master Day ago

    Boring, boring and more boring. Thought this would be better then it was. Maybe a better personality / "actor" could do a better job in the future

  • Dr D
    Dr D Day ago

    My favorite TOO!!

  • Business Outside The Lines - w/Chuck Peavey

    Now I gotta pull out my overly worn and used copy of My Cousin Vinny!

  • Banana Cat
    Banana Cat Day ago

    I really want to see this movie now~

  • Brazen Eli
    Brazen Eli Day ago

    Watching this vid made me think about how difficult it can be to find a reliable custom-made suit when I'm preparing for a trial. Any chance you've got a good suggestion?

  • Tobias Merriman
    Tobias Merriman Day ago

    Loved this video. Ya skipped the part when prosecution demands a "Voir Dire?" (spelling) of the witness! "She'll do, your honor..."

  • Basketkase81
    Basketkase81 2 days ago

    I’m sure it’s been mentioned already, but you screwed up at 19:45 by saying that the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern expert testimony. You actually referenced the Federal Rules of Evidence, but even those rules would have no bearing in a state trial court. I’m sure the state’s rules of evidence are similar to the federal rules, but you screwed up by referring the rules of civil procedure, which aren’t even numbered the same way. Time to go back to law school you douchebag poser. Send me your address and I’ll send you a razor. Shaving. It exists.

  • Tom Mayrand
    Tom Mayrand 2 days ago

    Perry mason hid witnesses all the time

  • Matt J
    Matt J 2 days ago

    Objection: You left out the last part with the sheriff and I was curious if Lawyers could actually ask a cop to look that up and if they would..
    Also he kinda lies when he claims he did it on his own hunch.

  • MisterRagtag
    MisterRagtag 2 days ago

    Plug that merch lol

  • Bradlee Lihou
    Bradlee Lihou 2 days ago

    Indo CHEEno

  • GuardianZhane
    GuardianZhane 2 days ago

    a question from a non-american: Why wouldnt I be allowed to wear for example a t-shirt and jeans outfit if I were to represent a client at a trial? My choise of attire cant be a reason to doubt my arguments and prof?

  • E T
    E T 2 days ago

    Marisa Tomei's testimony won her an academy for best supporting actress.

  • Sillysoft
    Sillysoft 2 days ago

    Well you cut out the part where she explains why the prosecutors gave him all of their files. But I understand, you need a point to explain why he got all the files without "finessing" the prosecutor.

  • Bill Murray
    Bill Murray 2 days ago

    Please do one on "The Verdict" (1982) with Paul Newman - every ethical violation in the book. I'd love to hear your reaction to that.

  • jeromi solis
    jeromi solis 3 days ago

    If you do “To Kill a Mockingbird” I will buy a suit. So... you know... please.

  • Frankie Teague
    Frankie Teague 3 days ago

    Ejoyed movie just another man is a dumbass and women are the best hate movir, but ok.

  • Agju
    Agju 3 days ago

    0:38 you work out? that's some pec :p

  • Johannes Berg
    Johannes Berg 3 days ago

    the public defender's scene was really funny too; too bad it wasn't included!

  • SuperSongQueen
    SuperSongQueen 3 days ago +1

    Love this series so much!!
    Please do Arrow Season 6 Episode 21: Docket No 11-19-41-73. There’s definitely heaps of stuff for you to pull apart in there!!

  • Diego Jauregui
    Diego Jauregui 3 days ago

    This seems very similar to the Doctor reviewing *Cells at Work* lol. Not that I'm complaining haha.

  • Martin Kj
    Martin Kj 3 days ago

    Detective Nero Wolf on the stand? :O Man he had a great show.

  • AndyLibra
    AndyLibra 3 days ago

    It was great watching a real lawyers reaction and just as human as the rest of us with a sense of humor.

  • Bcoe
    Bcoe 3 days ago

    you know the lawyer in this vid is genuine because hes a smug douche bag that cant go 5 minutes without mentioning his tailor made suit.

  • Mark
    Mark 3 days ago

    One of the best movies of all time, thank you!

  • Joshua Clough
    Joshua Clough 3 days ago

    Wow. I've really learned a lot from these videos. Nicely done.

  • Reed Richards
    Reed Richards 3 days ago

    This starts with a perfect example of 'driving while yankee'.
    Forcing someone to Wear a suit and tie in court today would be considered sexist.

  • Youtube Commenter
    Youtube Commenter 4 days ago

    Officer safety does not trump my Constitutional rights.

  • Joe Hanick
    Joe Hanick 4 days ago

    this lawyer looks like the guy from i love you man who robbie picks up at the gym.

  • Theresa Garcia
    Theresa Garcia 4 days ago

    The male model is so handsome, who is he?

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    The current 740 dislikes are from people who tried pulling a Vincent Gasmbini in court themselves and didn't have the same success.

  • beyjay100
    beyjay100 4 days ago

    Objection they had no evidence to try the two yutes but no way they would be arrested on spot and there is no way they went to trial that fast

  • MrJordanport
    MrJordanport 4 days ago

    A lot of legal movies have big showy lawyers or scenes that completely ignore the jury. They'll try and convince the judge, the opposing council, the audience that they are right. This movie does a great job of having them focus entirely on making the jury believe them by being engaging, walking up to them, talking about being stuck in the mud like them.

  • johnny sunshine
    johnny sunshine 4 days ago

    Are you a prosecutor?

  • Brad Wachter
    Brad Wachter 4 days ago

    @legalEagle - say Judge Haller found that Gambini was a fraud after Haller found the 2 Yutes innocent. Would they have to be re-Tried

  • Job Kramer
    Job Kramer 4 days ago

    OBJECTION: I see a lot of approaching witnesses and judges without asking permission and way to few bailiff-tackles in response. I ask the court to strike all testimonies coming from possibly intimidated witnesses and I would also ask the court to redeem them as fruit of the poisonous tree! Not the witnesses that is, but their statements.

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  • Jamokai
    Jamokai 4 days ago


  • AgentPedestrian
    AgentPedestrian 4 days ago

    Im 16 minutes in and you know what i think I'm gonna watch this movie first before proceeding

  • matrix26uk
    matrix26uk 4 days ago

    Could you push INDOCHINO a little bit more? I just don't think you mention them nearly enough

  • cyberceltic
    cyberceltic 4 days ago

    Can you analyze the 90s sitcom Family Matters? Mainly any penalties the character Steve Urkel would face for property damage to his neighbors and behavior towards his neighbor’s daughter Laura Winslow which would boarder on stalking. Like there’s an episode where he sits on their roof till she agrees to go out with him, and another one where he is told by the other lead Carl Winslow never to come back but says he’ll keep coming and no one can stop him. A lot of harassment and trespassing violations there

  • OldAgitator
    OldAgitator 5 days ago +1

    This is as stupid a Video as "Real Physicist Reacts to Star Wars" or "Real Human Beings React to Socialism"

  • Tom McGraw
    Tom McGraw 5 days ago

    The constant indochino plug was really annoying

  • pspicer777
    pspicer777 5 days ago

    Hmm, I think Ms. Tomei has a not so secret admirer.

  • eric veneto
    eric veneto 5 days ago

    Another suggestion: "Inherit the Wind".

  • Lanwarder
    Lanwarder 5 days ago +1

    Got a bit tired of the Indochino referenced after the third one but the way he whispers it kinda makes it ok lol

  • Diabolus_Musica
    Diabolus_Musica 5 days ago

    Wow, how long has Luke Rockhold been a lawyer? I had no idea...

  • Karl Smith
    Karl Smith 5 days ago

    Unless it was otherwise stated that the defendants vehicle didn't have an aftermarket positive traction rear-end, it could've been just as easy to convict the defendants on the charges for what they're accused of

  • Jason Thompson
    Jason Thompson 5 days ago

    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.

  • Dave
    Dave 6 days ago

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

  • Robert Evans
    Robert Evans 6 days ago

    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.

  • jaredloveless
    jaredloveless 6 days ago

    Fun! Never seen the movie! Might sometime later.

  • Yeti tracker 66
    Yeti tracker 66 6 days ago

    This movie made me fall in love with Marisa Tomei.

  • Liam T
    Liam T 6 days ago

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

  • darrenmuse
    darrenmuse 6 days ago

    Did I just watch a commercial?

  • Kestrel raptorial
    Kestrel raptorial 6 days ago

    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?

  • Kevin Courville
    Kevin Courville 6 days ago

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

  • Steven Katz
    Steven Katz 6 days ago

    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.

  • Steven Katz
    Steven Katz 6 days ago

    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.

  • Steven Katz
    Steven Katz 7 days ago +4

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

    • Jason Gerrard
      Jason Gerrard 17 hours ago

      It took Homer Simpson many years to pass moes bar

  • kinetiksilence
    kinetiksilence 7 days ago

    Do they make suits in FR?

  • Eshter Maria
    Eshter Maria 7 days ago

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

  • Dimsrose
    Dimsrose 7 days ago

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

  • Matthew Morganti
    Matthew Morganti 7 days ago

    This dude pulls bitches..

  • CalveeThe Eevee
    CalveeThe Eevee 7 days ago

    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.

  • Jack Richards
    Jack Richards 7 days ago

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

  • Andrew Darby
    Andrew Darby 7 days ago

    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.

  • Cobra Action1
    Cobra Action1 7 days ago +10

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

  • Marcus Thomas
    Marcus Thomas 7 days ago

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

  • Malic Zarith
    Malic Zarith 8 days ago +1

    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.

  • WovenWolf
    WovenWolf 8 days ago

    One of my all time favorite films.

  • Aquilam
    Aquilam 8 days ago +3

    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.

  • Davey Houston
    Davey Houston 8 days ago

    Saw in theaters marisa tomei blew me away loved this film

  • cdreyes81
    cdreyes81 8 days ago +2

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

  • Nathan Wahlgren
    Nathan Wahlgren 8 days ago

    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.

  • Ryan Miller
    Ryan Miller 8 days ago

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

    SGTHEBADBOY 9 days ago

    The magician suit!

  • Brent Young
    Brent Young 9 days ago

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

  • Chris Beaty
    Chris Beaty 9 days ago

    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.

  • Justin D
    Justin D 9 days ago +1

    Now I know what an Elmo is.

  • payphonebone
    payphonebone 10 days ago

    Most entertaining yet longest drawn out suit commercial to date

  • Tyler Emerson
    Tyler Emerson 10 days ago

    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!

  • Christopher Taylor
    Christopher Taylor 10 days ago

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

  • Christopher Taylor
    Christopher Taylor 10 days ago

    Somehow I am not surprised that attorneys love this film

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  • Infrequent Flyer
    Infrequent Flyer 11 days ago +1

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

  • Skydiggz
    Skydiggz 11 days ago +1

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

  • Romie NonofurBiz
    Romie NonofurBiz 11 days ago +1

    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... ;)

  • Joseph Prosnitz
    Joseph Prosnitz 11 days ago

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

  • Sean M
    Sean M 11 days ago

    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.

  • Faust Scalpel
    Faust Scalpel 11 days ago

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

  • Ellimistique Krystal
    Ellimistique Krystal 11 days ago

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

  • myself248
    myself248 11 days ago

    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.

  • R.C. Whitehead
    R.C. Whitehead 11 days ago +2

    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 7 days ago

      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 😁

  • Jimmy Charles
    Jimmy Charles 11 days ago

    Do "find me guilty" next. Vin Diesel

  • Steve Facer
    Steve Facer 11 days ago

    Are you sure? Positive!

  • Jeff Trinkle
    Jeff Trinkle 11 days ago

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