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Mambo Italiano Full of good intentions but light on laughs, Mambo is the latest to join the Greek chorus of eardrum-piercing ethnic comedies. When it comes to...Mambo ItalianoComedyPT88MR Full of good intentions but light on laughs, Mambo is the latest to join the Greek chorus of eardrum-piercing ethnic comedies. When it comes to...2004-02-20Peter MillerSamuel Goldwyn Films

Mambo Italiano

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Ginette Reno, Luke Kriby, Paul Sorvino, Peter Miller; Director: Emile Gaudreault; Author: Emile Gaudreault; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season; Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Full of good intentions but light on laughs, Mambo is the latest to join the Greek chorus of eardrum-piercing ethnic comedies. When it comes to neuroses, twentysomething Angelo (Luke Kirby) is the Italian Allen: He’s saddled with a dead-end job, overbearing parents, and a shrink-swapping older sister. But Woody never had to come out of the closet. After Mama and Papa (Ginette Reno and Sorvino) learn their bambino is omosessuale, slapstick – and some hearty slaps upside the head – ensues, and no stereotype is left untouched. (Does every gay man strut around in skintight clothing?) And Angelo’s romance with conflicted childhood pal Nino (Peter Miller) generates as much heat as a frozen lasagna. Despite the film’s lively gesticulating, you’ll fuhgeddaboudit as soon as the credits roll.

Originally posted February 20 2004 — 12:00 AM EST

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