according to the great andrew sarris this film was the 8th best english-language film of 2006. though i wouldn’t rate it that highly, i did enjoy it. it follows the longest trial in american history, which was brought against a mob family. vin diesel (don’t laugh) plays a charming mobster who decides to defend himself. it’s a funny picture and diesel plays his character quite well. he’s affable and capable, yet he only has a 6th grade education and is part of a mob family. annabella sciorra plays diesel’s ex-wife and turns in a good, small performance. much more worthy of a supporting oscar than the american idol chick in dreamgirls. reminded me a bit of my cousin vinny. B.