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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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Reuben Gonzalez

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thalía ... Nydia
Paul Rodriguez ... Frank
Rosanna DeSoto ... Carmen
Kamar de los Reyes ... Manny
Robert Costanzo ... Fat Tony
Danny Aiello ... Joey
Lillo Brancato ... Wheasel (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Rick Gonzalez ... Ricky
Richard Hillman ... Chris
Gabriel Olds ... Billy
Luis Raul Luis Raul ... Gilberto
Tony Ray Rossi Tony Ray Rossi ... Henchman #1
Michael Squicciarini Michael Squicciarini ... Henchman #2 (as Michael 'Scuch' Squicciarini)
Allegra Swift Allegra Swift ... Reporter
Taek Limb Hyoung Taek Limb Hyoung ... Korean Merchant
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Official Sites:

Kushner-Locke

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Salsa Cafe See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Give My Regards to Broadway
Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan
Performed by Danny Aiello
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Delightful Film
25 January 2004 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Nydia (Thalia), a student at Boston University, comes home to Spanish Harlem between semesters. Her mother and father own the small Mambo Cafe where business is slow. To give their restaurant a higher profile, the owners invite a mobster to the restaurant. Their hope is that he will be rubbed out in their establishment and that the notoriety will improve their cash flow. Meanwhile, Nydia thinks she's in love with a snooty college student, even though handsome homeboy Manny holds her in high esteem. Will the family's plans succeed?

This movie invites viewers to enjoy a good laugh and a good feeling, even considering the darker elements of the plot. The restaurant's owners are a hard-working duo with plenty of charm and grit. Likewise, Thalia is utterly beautiful and enthralling as the daughter with man trouble. Then, too, the setting allows the viewer to experience an environment that may be different from his or her own. Recommended for romantic comedy fans and comedy fans in general. A fun evening of entertainment awaits those who seek it out at the video store or library.


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