Mambo Italiano

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    A sweet comic film about an Italian man who comes out of the closet and the affect it has on his life and his crazy family. A family movie about the stereotypes of homosexuals and Italians – called by critics "the gay" My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

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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.

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    It's like watching a spaghetti-sauce commercial stretched out to feature-film length.

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    Lacks that outrageous effrontery that might have socked it to its intended audience.

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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.

    2/4
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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.

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    It may make you smile, but not enough to forget how much of this you've seen before.

    2/4
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    The movie seems more interested in splashing stereotypes all over the screen than in uncovering any kind of truth, comic or otherwise.

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    Over-acted, over-directed but dully directed.

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    The characters are blatantly stereotypical, but Galluccio is able to get away with it because he's poking fun at the people he loves.

    3/4
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    Unfortunately, although we're meant to root for Angelo, he often comes off as whiny and arrogant, and his attempts at screenwriting are so bad it's impossible to take his dreams of being an artist seriously.

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    Mambo Italiano has its share of very funny moments, but they are trapped in a production whose drama is unsubtle, obvious, and at times downright insipid.

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    The material lacks both credibility and emotional resonance.

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    Like Greek Wedding, Mambo has enough funny moments to save it.

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    It's quite possible that [Mambo] may have closed the territory for raucous comedies about gay Italians coming of age in North America. For those of us whose ears keep ringing from the din of such movies, it's an errant wish.

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    Parts of Emile Gaudreault's broadly appealing movie are so, well, broad that they make Greek Wedding look like a model of restraint by comparison.

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    If the best comedies make you laugh and the worst make you angry, this is the middling and well-intentioned brand that makes you frustrated -- keenly looking for reasons to laugh but, more often than not, failing to find any.

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    So sure, the characters and jokes may feel awfully familiar, but for those who see a little of themselves in Angelo's family, well, that's just part of this little movie's charm.

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    There's nothing subtle about the writing -- which relies heavily on narration -- or the acting, but interesting casting goes a long way.

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    As you might expect, much of Mambo Italiano is devoted to colorful, food-splattering expressions of shock and outrage on the part of Angelo's parents, once they finally discover his secret.

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    Its makers deploy broad swaths of tempestuous Italian immigrant behavior to set off serious concerns with more skill and subtlety than is usual with ethnic comedies, especially those with a gay theme.

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    Nearly every moment is played hard and loud, as if to compete with an imaginary laugh track.

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    This is feel-good filmmaking, to be sure, but the culture clash here is more than a meaningless vehicle for fizzy wish fulfillment.

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    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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