Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Mambo Italiano

Posted on

Full of good intentions but light on laughs, Mambo is the latest to join the Greek chorus of eardrum-piercing ethnic comedies. When it comes to neuroses, twentysomething Angelo (Luke Kirby) is the Italian Allen: He’s saddled with a dead-end job, overbearing parents, and a shrink-swapping older sister. But Woody never had to come out of the closet. After Mama and Papa (Ginette Reno and Sorvino) learn their bambino is omosessuale, slapstick — and some hearty slaps upside the head — ensues, and no stereotype is left untouched. (Does every gay man strut around in skintight clothing?) And Angelo’s romance with conflicted childhood pal Nino (Peter Miller) generates as much heat as a frozen lasagna. Despite the film’s lively gesticulating, you’ll fuhgeddaboudit as soon as the credits roll.