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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)
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. 63
    No sophisticated dance, but it moves about with an open heart. And hey, it's at least as funny as that Greek thing.
  3. Reviewed by: Caroline Westbrook
    60
    Lacks sparkle, and finally tips its gallery of colourful protagonists into the realm of caricature.
  4. 50
    The "Big Fat Wedding" formula dictates a certain amount of ugly-duckling fantasy along with the ethnic scenery chewing.
  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
    As Angelo, Mr. Kirby has a boyish charm, which is probably the best that can be said for this film as well.
  7. Lacks that outrageous effrontery that might have socked it to its intended audience.

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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 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 The gay stereotypes are outdated and the other F word is thrown around way too much.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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