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  • Summary: Adapted from the successful play by the same name, the movie explores further the subtleties and complexities of a quintessential Italian family -- a family straddling the cultures, traditions, and mores of the old and new worlds. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 6 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    75
    This is feel-good filmmaking, to be sure, but the culture clash here is more than a meaningless vehicle for fizzy wish fulfillment. The not-unpleasant result is hearty Italian fare with the half-life of Chinese takeout.
  2. Patterns itself after the Greek model -- that is, more ethnic humour with a contemporary twist.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    The broad comedy is somewhat strained and obvious, and the hyper-real atmosphere encourages the cast to slice the prosciutto a little thickly. But the film's sweet-natured ingenuousness proves reasonably contagious.
  4. Unless you think "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was the height of genius, there's little reason to sit though another version.
  5. 40
    More dispiriting than the caricatured Italian families is the sense that, by picture's end, the filmmakers have neutered Angelo, so that his sexual energy is dulled, made non-threatening -- the perfect son after all.
  6. 40
    If Gaudreault's 90-minute pilot ever makes it to television, French-Canadians can look forward to their own Italian version of A.K.A. Pablo.
  7. Disappointing flop that is best left off your dance card.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    4
    Mambo Italiano is the story of an Italian immigrant coming out to his old school Italian family. There are some really hysterical lines inMambo 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 The gay stereotypes are outdated and the other F word is thrown around way too much.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. Collapse

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