YMMV / My Cousin Vinny

  • Comedy Ghetto: Averted! Marisa Tomei was nominated for and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
  • Designated Villain: Surprisingly, for a legal drama, averted. The eyewitnesses and prosecution honestly believe that Stan and Bill are guilty. Vinny's defense is based on demonstrating the honest mistakes the witnesses made. The witnesses even admit their own mistakes. When Vinny conclusively proves that the prosecution's evidence is faulty (and in fact points to a far more likely pair of known criminals), the prosecutor immediately moves to dismiss.
  • Ear Worm: The snippet playing when Vinny drives into town (from "Mind Your Business" by Clivilles & Cole, later C+C Music Factory). Its relative obscurity makes it even more bothersome for some viewers; YouTube eventually came to the rescue.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • A real life one for Fred Gwynne. After spending decades trying to shed his public image as Herman Munster and find another role that could be remembered just as much, he finally did it in his last acting role.
    • Vinny recounting the story of how he became a lawyer, all because a friendly judge and fellow Brooklynite believed in him and encouraged him to go for it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Lisa fretting about her biological clock is pretty amusing after Marisa Tomei was cast as Aunt May in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who has no kids of her own but does adopt her nephew after his parents' deaths.
  • Signature Scene: Lisa's testimony.
  • Vindicated by History: Marisa Tomei's Oscar win was so unexpected that for over two decades there was a conspiracy theory that Jack Palance had read the wrong name and the Academy covered it up. The Academy members themselves always insisted that if a presenter were to read the wrong name they would immediately issue a correction, which was finally proven with the 2017 Best Picture mix-up between Moonlight and La La Land.
  • What an Idiot!: Following their arrest, the boys make the mistake of not confirming what they're being charged for as soon as the police pick them up and sit them down. Of course, they shouldn't have said anything to the police in the first place, but then again, they're both good but naive kids who are obviously out of their depth and never expected to be in any kind of legal trouble, let alone accused of murder (they think they are discussing having accidentally shoplifted a small, cheap item, which even at its worst, would be unlikely to get them into any serious trouble).