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Mambo Italiano (2003)

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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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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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It's not a democracy, it's a family See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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  »

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Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$734,570, 21 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,239,558, 7 December 2003
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Trivia

The film's title is also the title of a famous Italian song. Strangely enough, the song itself is nowhere to be heard during the entire film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gino Barberini: [Angelo is taking his parents to his new apartment that's in an old building] What's so charming about being old? We're old.
Maria Barberini: We're not charming.
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References My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) See more »

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Montreal Italiano
Written by Adam Broughton, Deanne Dompierre, Steve Galluccio & FM Le Sieur
Music by FM Le Sieur
Performed by Adam Broughton
Courtesy of F.M.L.S. International & Cinémaginaire Inc.
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Pleasantly Suprising
1 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I decided to see this film because I had nothing else to do. I wasn't expecting much more than gay stereotypes and ridiculous humor. However I discovered just the opposite.

I have heard comparisons to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", but the only similarity I see is in the stereotypical presentation of nationalities. However, these stereotypes aren't offensive, but more so delightful and some what sweet.

Angelo (Luke Kirby) is presented with just enough humor, but more so just enough heart that it makes the character beleiveable. For once gays are not presented as obnoxious drag queens or someone dying from AIDS. In fact, the two latter factions are not even present in the film. Instead it focuses on one mans humorous journey of self discovery in both relations to his family, partner, and his own sexuality.

At the end of the film, you leave feeling very happy. Sure everything turned out for the best in the end, but sometimes we need films like this to remind just how fun and quirky life can be at times.


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