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Mambo Italiano (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  19 September 2003 (USA)
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The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he's gay.

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Anna Barberini
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Pina Lunetti
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Yolanda / Woman in Airplane / Jolene
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Giorgio
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Michel Perron ...
Father Carmignani
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Marco
Diane Lavallée ...
Mélanie
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Storyline

Angelo Barberini is the oddball son of Italian immigrants Gino and Maria, who inadvertently ended up in Canada rather than the States. Angelo shocks his parents by moving out on his own without getting married, and shocks them further still when he reveals that he's gay. But his boyfriend, policeman Nino Paventi isn't as ready to come out of the closet -- especially not to his busybody mother, Lina. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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gay | italian | canada | immigrant | police | See All (80) »

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It's BIGGER... It's FATTER... It's not GREEK... and there'll only be a wedding over mama's dead body! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and sexual situations | See all certifications »
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19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mambo italiano  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$734,570 (USA) (19 September 2003)

Gross:

$305,428 (Germany) (25 June 2004)
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Both the film and the play (which the film is based upon) are based on Steve Galluccio's own life and experiences. See more »

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When Gino and Maria visit the cemetery, Maria says that her sister was 33 when she died, but the dates on the tombstone are 1960-1987, which would make her 27. See more »

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Pina: Me, I can convert anybody. Give me an hour in the Gay Village and there's not gonna be a Gay Village no more! Hai capito?
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Melao de Cana
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I Laughed More Watching This Film Than I Have At Anything In Months
1 July 2007 | by (Cincinnati, OH, United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's because I come from Italian heritage that I find this film so funny. I honestly think I laughed out loud during this film one of the highest amounts I've ever belly-laughed during a movie. And you know how you laugh later on in a movie when nothing funny is going on because the thought of something hilarious that happened earlier is still stuck with you? Well that happened plenty of times to me here. I believe that it's because the Southern Italian and Sicilian in me both find fat Italian men to be perhaps the funniest group of people in the world. They are not simply funny because they know how to tell a joke, or they know how to pull off a good pratfall, but more because all you have to do is look at them, and they can make you burst out laughing. There is a scene where Paul Sorvino and Ginette Reno, whom I believe plays his wife, sit close together on a small bench in a cemetery facing the camera, and I suddenly started laughing. They look funny. They don't look weird. They just look like the first thing they say or do is going to make me laugh like a hyena.

Every scene for the first half of the film, literally every single one, contains something explosively funny to me, and they are mostly consisting of native Italians speaking rough English with thick Italian accents and fulfilling stereotypes of ardent cultural traditions. Hands down, the scenes that made me cackle so hard I thought my friend watching it with me was going to slap me for the unreasonable sound that can cause me to make were the scenes that depict what Italian families are like when the son moves out.

Mambo Italiano is also a surprise, because really it doesn't look that good. On the cover of the DVD case, you see a bunch of characters in some comical motion lined up across the cover, and you feel like you could pretty much guess completely what their service to the story is. Well, you'll be vaguely right, but if it wouldn't surprise you too much for me to say this at this point, it's a very poignant film about growing up as a homosexual surrounded by conflicting influences and pressure. The film will actually make you angry at society and the reality of what friends and family can end up doing to you in your life. But it's riotous fun.


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