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Mad About Mambo (2000)



Critic Consensus: A throw back to earlier films like Strictly Ballroom, Mambo is a competent but ultimately dull film.

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An Irish boy obsessed with sports finds his life changing dramatically once he adds a little Salsa to his life in Mad About Mambo. Danny (William Ash) plays on the football team (called soccer in America) at the all-boys Catholic school he attends in Belfast. Danny's three best friends, who also play on the team, all have different ambitions for their lives. Mickey (Paul McLean) wants to be a fashion designer so he can get rich and date supermodels. Gary (Russell Smith) wants to become a magician so he can get rich and meet beautiful women (and presumably saw them in half). And Spike (Joe Rea) likes to beat people up, so he wants to become a mercenary and do it for a living. But Danny dreams of making soccer his life. The players Danny most admires are South Americans, such as Pele and Carlos Riga, who he feels have a special rhythm and flexibility. Wanting to add some of these qualities to his own game, Danny gets a brainstorm: he'll take mambo lessons, in the hope that dancing like a South American will help him play like a South American. To the surprise of himself and his friends, Danny turns out to be a pretty good Latin dancer and finds himself smitten with a pretty American student in his dance class, Lucy (Keri Russell). However, Lucy happens to have a boyfriend, who is a fierce competitor on one of Danny's rival teams. Executive producer Gabriel Byrne appears in a supporting role. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Keri Russell
as Lucy McLoughlin
William Ash
as Danny Mitchell
Brian Cox
as Sidney McLoughlin
Theo Fraser Steele
as Oliver Parr
Julian Littman
as Rudi Morelli
Tim Loane
as Brother McBride
Daniel Caltagirone
as Carlos Rega
Joe Rea
as Spike
Alan McKee
as Frank Mallin
Aingeal Grehan
as Mrs. Mitchell
Jim Norton
as Brother Xavier
Gavin O'Connor
as Seamus Mitchell
Rosaleen Linehan
as Mrs. Burns
Jaz Pollock
as Mrs. Coulter
Olivia Nash
as Mrs. Hannah
Eleanor Methven
as Mrs. Parr
Inge Dorman
as Hockey Goalie
Terry Byrne
as Gaelic Teacher
Chris Kelly
as British Army Soldier
Dominic Wright
as Checkpoint Soldier
Declan Gorman
as Shop Assistant
Steve Blount
as Beefy Player
Jerry Lavelle
as Master of Ceremonies
Patrick Fitzsymons
as TV Commentator
Abbie Spallen
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Mad About Mambo

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Ash and Russell ... generate just enough tension to keep the audience interested.

January 1, 2000

Mad About Mambo's steps may be as familiar as the hokeypokey, but there's just enough gusto in the execution to make it a guilty pleasure.

January 1, 2000

Everything about the movie is fine and dandy and dull.

January 1, 2000

Nothing more than an ultra-formulaic Hollywood romantic fantasy grafted onto Belfast.

January 1, 2000

Uninspired end result.

January 1, 2000

Boy falls for girl who wants to win dance contest. He learns all the steps, the girl becomes enamored of him, and . . . Well, you know. You've been there time and time again.

September 15, 2003

Audience Reviews for Mad About Mambo

A very cute movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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