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Mambo Italiano (2003)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 49

A broad, shrill comedy that plays like a sitcom.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 16

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.

Feb 17, 2004


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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.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's like watching a spaghetti-sauce commercial stretched out to feature-film length.

October 16, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Lacks that outrageous effrontery that might have socked it to its intended audience.

October 3, 2003
Washington Post
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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
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Mambo Italiano is no sophisticated dance, but it moves about with an open heart. And hey, it's at least as funny as that Greek thing.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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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.

November 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The problem with screenwriter and director Émile Gaudreault's effort is that he turns his Canadian-Italian family into a cartoon.

November 13, 2003 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The film has a few laughs, but none of the sweetness of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

November 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

Where are the GoodFellas when we really need them?

November 11, 2003
Creative Loafing

Mama treats her son like a baby, even though he's almost 30! Angelo's family is gossipy! Straights don't understand gay culture! Da-DUM. Sheesh.

November 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

There are some startlingly powerful scenes as characters grapple with expectations and feelings for each other. But the film is annoying in its cheap attempts to get a laugh.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

On the plus side, just about every scene in the film features some really eye-catching print wallpaper. I think it's important to end a review on a positive note, don't you?

November 6, 2003 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

You actually come to like these people.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The script is inane, and though Ferri has some funny moments, the acting is annoying or hopelessly bland.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian

A half-hour sitcom stretched into an unfathomable 90 minutes of played-out ethnic caricatures that should land the entire cast a lifelong ban from Italian pride parades.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

It's awful.

October 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The movie's vision of Italian life isn't that far away from that of an Olive Garden commercial.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Gaudreault serves only appetizers and dessert without the meatballs and pasta

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

It's the balance of ethnic humor, melodrama and simple charms that make Mambo Italiano, while not something too special, a solid choice for those who enjoy Greek Wedding and its other recent spinoffs.

October 16, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The film quickly devolves into tired clichés and jokes.

October 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Paul Sorvino and Ginette Reno bring dignity to the roles of the parents.

October 8, 2003
Film Blather

Or 'My Not-So-Big-and-Fat Gay Italian Son' dance you might just want to sit out.

October 5, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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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.
April 22, 2011

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Spaghetti to the max!!! It's like watching a Italian soap opera... Nothing really ground breaking happened in the film
August 26, 2011
Sylvester Kuo

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December 25, 2007
Leo L

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Just sort of sappy
September 13, 2006
FanGirl Browncoat

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