Between stints as Scorsese’s short-fused short-ass in GoodFellas and Casino, Joe Pesci proved his comic chops in Jonathan Lynn’s culture-clash courtroom farce.
Cracking wise as a badly dressed rookie lawyer defending his cousin (Ralph Macchio) of a murder charge, Pesci makes light work of befuddling Fred Gwynne’s sleepy Alabama judge.
As his fiancée, Marisa Tomei got the best clothes and the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
The regional stereotypes in Dale Launer’s broad script aren’t so laudable, but the on-screen talent merits a retrial: Tomei talks up a storm and Pesci terrorises thinly spread gags into near-shape.
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