Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1992. Palo Vista Productions, Peter V. Miller Investment Corp., Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Dale Launer. Cinematography by Peter Deming. Produced by Dale Launer, Paul Schiff. Music by Randy Edelman. Production Design by Victoria Paul. Costume Design by Carol Wood. Film Editing by Tony Lombardo, Stephen E. Rivkin.
One of the funniest and most memorable comedies in recent years, with two college roommates (Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield) taking off for college in their vintage convertible. When a misunderstanding at a southern roadside convenience store sees them accused of murder, Macchio calls upon his only hope for survival to bail him and his friend out: his newly-licensed, New Yawk-accented, savvy lawyer cousin (Joe Pesci), who is about to take the southern judiciary system by storm. Pesci is fantastic, though with Dale Laudner’s brilliant script it would be hard not to do so well. The scene-stealing work done by the magnificent Marisa Tomei as his equally tough-talking girlfriend puts the perfect touch on what is already a riot from start to finish.
Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei)