Bill and Stan are mistaken for murderers while on vacation, and Bill's family sends his cousin Vinny to defend them for his first case as a lawyer. [imdb]
Nominated for 1 Oscar:
Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei (WINNER)
This was one of the most surprising wins in Oscar history. It was indeed an open field, but for other 3 actresses, not for Marisa. I don't think such a surprise could be possible today, because of how crazy & influential the Oscar campaigning has been in the past 5-10 years.
The film is a mediocre happy ending comedy that doesn't require much brain. I will admit that the 2nd part is much better than the awful double language comedy style from the beginning. Marisa, who's playing Vinnie's white trash but good hearted girlfriend, is not that bad. She has one or two good moments, but you can see her trying, as it doesn't always come natural. Not a fair win, but she was the only American actress of the 5 nominees, so that's your explanation.
My rating for the film: 5.5/10. I smiled a couple of times, in the 2nd half. :)