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Mambo Italiano (2003)



Critic Consensus: A broad, shrill comedy that plays like a sitcom.

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A handsome, young aspiring Canadian TV show writer, Angelo, decides to move in with his cop boyfriend, Nino, whom he's known since they were kids. Upon doing so, he's faced with the challenge of how to pull off the move, without his Italian immigrant parents discovering the truth about his sexuality--even as they're trying to set him up with a nice Italian-Canadian girl.more
Rating: R (for language and sexual situations)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Émile Gaudreault, Steve Galluccio, ?mile Gaudreault
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2004
Box Office: $6.2M
Samuel Goldwyn Company - Official Site

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Luke Kirby
as Angelo Barberini
Paul Sorvino
as Gino Barberini
Ginette Reno
as Maria Barberini
Claudia Ferri
as Anna Barberini
Peter Miller
as Nino Paventi
Mary Walsh
as Lina Paventi
Sophie Lorain
as Pina Lunetti
Tim Post
as Peter
Michel Perron
as Father Carmignani
Lou Vani
as Marco
Gordon Masten
as Beer-Bellied Man
Mark Camacho
as Johnny Cristofaro
Michael R. Romano
as Young Angelo
Stephanie Vecchio
as Young Maria
Tara Nicodemo
as Aunt Yolanda
Shaun Balbar
as Raymond
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Critic Reviews for Mambo Italiano

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (28)

There are laughs in the movie, and a lot of good feeling, but it seems more interested in its Italian stereotypes than its gay insights, and it must be said there is absolutely no feeling that Angelo and Nino are really lovers.

Full Review… | October 17, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's like watching a spaghetti-sauce commercial stretched out to feature-film length.

October 16, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Lacks that outrageous effrontery that might have socked it to its intended audience.

October 3, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Mambo Italiano is likely to provoke the same urges in the movie house that poor Nino experiences after a dinner at the noisy Barberini compound -- an overwhelming desire to flee.

October 3, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Every time Mambo Italiano seems headed for a plunge into the ethnic cartoon swamp, a refreshingly, unexpected element throws up a roadblock and keeps the movie on solid emotional ground.

Full Review… | November 29, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Seems set on making fun of Italians in the most heavy-handed manner possible.

Full Review… | November 14, 2003
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Mambo Italiano

Mambo Italiano is the story of an Italian immigrant coming out to his old school Italian family. There are some really hysterical lines in this movie, but in general I found the whole thing to have been done. Putting an Italian twist on it, was in theory a good idea, but the whole film just comes across as cliché. The gay stereotypes are outdated and the other F word is thrown around way too much. If you're looking for an original "gay" comedy, watch Sascha Baron Cohen's Bruno, that was a great movie. Mambo Italiano is just a fast moving, sexist nightmare, with the occasional great one liner.

Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

Spaghetti to the max!!! It's like watching a Italian soap opera... Nothing really ground breaking happened in the film

Sylvester Kuo
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