In this case truth is "funnier" than fiction. The premise of "Mambo Italiano" - that is, Italian families having to face the vagaries of reality - is certainly a truth, but being Italian-American and viewing this film with my own experiences at hand I can honestly say that this is no fiction. No fiction could be funnier than this. Even if this family's circumstances focus on dealing with the knowledge that their only son is gay, the premise is universal among Italians - life is filled with "catastrophes" but somehow we all survive and hopefully end up better for the process. Call it passion, call it pessimism, call it anything, just call it (this movie) funny. It is a comedy based on tragedy (from the family's point of view), a reverse kind of "Pagliacci", not dark and brooding but colorful (literally filled with color) and humorous - designed for a modern audience. Well cast, well acted, and worth seeing, "Mambo Italiano" can make you laugh and cry (but mostly laugh) at the same time. This is living, Italian style (replete with North American Italian "villas" and statuary). Some say it is a kind of spin-off of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and the protagonist Angelo even implies this at the very end of the film - confirming my impression that this is an honest, open and very enjoyable film.