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Mambo Café (2000)

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A beautiful Puerto Rican girl and her family in Spanish harlem devise a novel plan to attract business to their restaurant, causing a wildly comic sequence of events ending in near disaster.



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A beautiful Puerto Rican girl and her family in Spanish harlem devise a novel plan to attract business to their restaurant, causing a wildly comic sequence of events ending in near disaster.

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Hot Food. Killer Service. They're Dying To Get In. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief violence and some crude sexual references | See all certifications »


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21 April 2000 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Salsa Cafe  »

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1.37 : 1
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Give My Regards to Broadway
Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan
Performed by Danny Aiello
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Why was I the only one in the room laughing my butt off?
7 May 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Right from the beginning I was lolling. That made it really uncomfortable because the rest of the people in the room were dead silent, and the embarrassment made me laugh even harder. Whether this movie warrants hyena-like laughter, I don't know. But it sure was an entertaining evening.

This movie has a quirky style that has to hit you just right for you to appreciate it. At times it borders on absurdist comedy (Airplane, Monty Python) but doesn't quite go all the way, instead striking a delicate balance between real & ridiculous. For example, the movie opens at a restaurant that's so desolate, their only "customer" is a homeless guy getting a freebie. Outside, tumbleweeds blow by. Tumbleweeds in New York City, c'mon that's hilarious! We soon realize that this film is very much tongue-in-cheek, and truly nothing is to be taken seriously. Though subtle, the movie is full of satire, like when a yuppie family walks into the restaurant in Spanish Harlem, and the yuppie mother says to the kid: "you see, foreigners like to wear colorful things on their heads because they worship different gods."

Funny stuff, I'm tellin ya. And we haven't even gotten to the part where Danny Aiello makes his appearance as Joe the ruthless mafia boss who inexplicably breaks into song every 15 minutes. Each & every character is so memorably wacky you gotta love em, from the gorgeous Nydia (Thalía) to her spastic father (Paul Rodriguez), and even the painfully repulsive mobster (perfectly played by Robert Costanzo) who becomes the center of a crazy, morbid scheme to attract business to the failing restaurant. If you go into this movie with the intent to laugh & have a good time, I think you definitely will.

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