Anyone who’s seen My Cousin Vinny, which opened 25 years ago, on March 13, 1992, can probably quote at least one of Marisa Tomei’s Brooklyn-accented lines, whether it’s her biological clock “ticking like this” or her reaction to arriving in small-town Alabama. (“I bet the Chinese food here is terrible.”) As Mona Lisa Vito, the auto mechanic fiancée of Joe Pesci’s title character, Tomei walked away with every single one of her scenes — and eventually, the film’s only Academy Award (for Best Supporting Actress).
Case in point: the exclusive new trailer (above) for the family comedy Love the Coopers whose epic cast includes Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Ed Helms, Alan Arkin, and June Squibb. If Love the Coopers reminds you of other festive movies with big ensembles, like Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day and New Years Eve, that’s OK says director Jessie Nelson, who also wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated 2001 drama I Am Sam.
Traditionally, Peter Parker’s Aunt May has been a lady of a certain age, often grey haired and mild of manner. Most recently, she was played by Sally Field opposite Andrew Garfield’s Spidey, but the decision to cast Marisa Tomei opposite new web slinger Tom Holland has caused dismay among fans. Generally, Aunt May, the widow of Peter Parker’s uncle Ben, has been depicted as a grey-haired pensioner, but there have been comics in which she’s been younger, notably in her late 40s and early 50s in the alternative Ultimate Marvel imprint which features re-imagined character from the Marvel world.