Here's another big, fat entry in the genre of loud, overbearing ethnic families. Set in Montreal's Little Italy, this colorful and briskly paced but hackneyed comedy centers on Luke Kirby, an aspiring (and untalented) television writer who has a secret. The only son of immigrant Italians Ginette Reno and Paul Sorvino, Kirby upsets his high-strung mama and papa by revealing that he's gay.
Oh, the shame! Oh, the future! Oh, the stereotypical scenarios! This well-intentioned flick has a warm heart at its fluffy center, thanks mostly to a couple of sympathetic moments from Reno and Sorvino. But the uneven humor, whiny protagonists and shrill family histrionics trip up Mambo's moves, leaving this Italian meal pretty unsatisfying.