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Mambo Italiano

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Canada
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2003

Rated R · 1h 32m

Director Émile Gaudreault
Starring Luke Kirby, Ginette Reno, Paul Sorvino, Mary Walsh

Genre Comedy, Romance

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Angelo Barbarini is a closeted gay man still living with his opinionated Italian family. When he unexpectedly falls in love, it affects both his life and his family, who want him to stay or marry a nice girl.

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Village Voice by

Old annoying ethnic family stereotypes meet new annoying gay-relationship stereotypes in this candidate for "Kiss Me Guido's" heretofore uncontested niche.
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L.A. Weekly by Chuck Wilson

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.
60

Variety by David Rooney

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.
60

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Beneath the heavy accents, wild gesticulating, slaps to the head and garish flocked wallpaper, there's an awful lot of heart.
50

New York Post by Lou Lumenick

You don't have to be gay or Italian or live in Canada to enjoy Mambo Italiano, but a tolerance for ethnic mugging helps.

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