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Mambo Italiano (2003) July 27, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Drama, Movies.

But... I'm italian!

Dir. Émile Gaudreault

Starring Luke Kirby, Ginette Reno, Paul Sorvino, Peter Miller, Claudia Ferri

Comedies that play with prejudice and perception have a good chance of success. They have a lot to build on from the start, and with a good script, it pays off.

In Mambo Italiano we follow Angelo: young, canadian-italian and gay. He’s got some issues right there, and the mix doesn’t exactly make him internally serene. It shakes up his family and his life, there’s heartache and love-loss, but it remains a pretty sweet family flick. I don’t know if that speaks for an altruistic streak in all canadians, or just their film-makers.

For you comparison-buffs out there I would describe this movie as a light-weight blend of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and But I’m a Cheerleader. It doesn’t dodge all of the serious stuff, but puts it in a perspective where you can laugh at it. Alienation and family choke-holds can be pretty funny, trust me.

Keywords: Canadian, Family, Gay



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