Mambo Italiano (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mambo Italiano2003

Mambo Italiano (2003)



Critic Consensus: A broad, shrill comedy that plays like a sitcom.

Mambo Italiano Photos

Movie Info

A handsome, young aspiring Canadian TV show writer, Angelo, decides to move in with his cop boyfriend, Nino, whom he's known since they were kids. Upon doing so, he's faced with the challenge of how to pull off the move, without his Italian immigrant parents discovering the truth about his sexuality--even as they're trying to set him up with a nice Italian-Canadian girl.

Watch it now


Luke Kirby
as Angelo Barberini
Paul Sorvino
as Gino Barberini
Ginette Reno
as Maria Barberini
Claudia Ferri
as Anna Barberini
Peter Miller
as Nino Paventi
Mary Walsh
as Lina Paventi
Sophie Lorain
as Pina Lunetti
Tim Post
as Peter
Michel Perron
as Father Carmignani
Lou Vani
as Marco
Gordon Masten
as Beer-Bellied Man
Mark Camacho
as Johnny Cristofaro
Michael R. Romano
as Young Angelo
Stephanie Vecchio
as Young Maria
Tara Nicodemo
as Aunt Yolanda
Shaun Balbar
as Raymond
View All

Critic Reviews for Mambo Italiano

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (28)

The comic possibilities of Mambo Italiano are mind-boggling. The reality is less so.

January 22, 2019 | Full Review…

There are laughs in the movie, and a lot of good feeling, but it seems more interested in its Italian stereotypes than its gay insights, and it must be said there is absolutely no feeling that Angelo and Nino are really lovers.

October 17, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's like watching a spaghetti-sauce commercial stretched out to feature-film length.

October 16, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

The film quickly devolves into tired clichés and jokes.

October 12, 2003 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Lacks that outrageous effrontery that might have socked it to its intended audience.

October 3, 2003

Mambo Italiano is likely to provoke the same urges in the movie house that poor Nino experiences after a dinner at the noisy Barberini compound -- an overwhelming desire to flee.

October 3, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Mambo Italiano

Spaghetti to the max!!! It's like watching a Italian soap opera... Nothing really ground breaking happened in the film

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

Mambo Italiano is the story of an Italian immigrant coming out to his old school Italian family. There are some really hysterical lines in this movie, but in general I found the whole thing to have been done. Putting an Italian twist on it, was in theory a good idea, but the whole film just comes across as cliché. The gay stereotypes are outdated and the other F word is thrown around way too much. If you're looking for an original "gay" comedy, watch Sascha Baron Cohen's Bruno, that was a great movie. Mambo Italiano is just a fast moving, sexist nightmare, with the occasional great one liner.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer


Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Mambo Italiano Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features