Mambo Italiano
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A handsome, young aspiring Canadian TV show writer, Angelo, decides to move in with his cop boyfriend, Nino, whom he's known since they were kids. Upon doing so, he's faced with the challenge of how to pull off the move, without his Italian immigrant parents discovering the truth about his sexuality--even as they're trying to set him up with a nice Italian-Canadian girl.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Seems set on making fun of Italians in the most heavy-handed manner possible."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Where are the GoodFellas when we really need them?"
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"On the plus side, just about every scene in the film features some really eye-catching print wallpaper. I think it's important to end a review on a positive note, don't you?"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It's like watching a spaghetti-sauce commercial stretched out to feature-film length."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"The problem with screenwriter and director Émile Gaudreault's effort is that he turns his Canadian-Italian family into a cartoon."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Mama treats her son like a baby, even though he's almost 30! Angelo's family is gossipy! Straights don't understand gay culture! Da-DUM. Sheesh."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"You actually come to like these people."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Lacks that outrageous effrontery that might have socked it to its intended audience."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Every time Mambo Italiano seems headed for a plunge into the ethnic cartoon swamp, a refreshingly, unexpected element throws up a roadblock and keeps the movie on solid emotional ground."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"The film has a few laughs, but none of the sweetness of My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"There are some startlingly powerful scenes as characters grapple with expectations and feelings for each other. But the film is annoying in its cheap attempts to get a laugh."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The script is inane, and though Ferri has some funny moments, the acting is annoying or hopelessly bland."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
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