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Posted by dswallow on 06-28-2004 02:05 PM:

Two movies worth catching: Mambo Italiano / Kilometer Zero

Of the last 8 DVD's I've watched, 2 stand out as things I really enjoyed. Maybe it's just that the other 6 were so bad...

Mambo Italiano
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330602/ (Trailers available)

This comedy with Paul Sorvino is filled with Italian humor. The story is sometimes a little forced, but the actors still manage to give performances that make those forced moments forgivable. Someone reviewing it at IMDB calls it a cross betweek Kiss Me Guide and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and I'd say that's a pretty accurate way to convey the story. If you're looking for something a little different in a comedy, this little gem is worth viewing.

KM.0 (Kilometer Zero)

I hate Spanish. I hate listening to people speak Spanish. It grates on my nerves. But after 20 minutes of getting into this story, that was all forgotten. It's an amusing romp through a day where a number of people make plans to meet at a public place, and some of them end up getting confused and going off with the wrong person. The stories all are intertwined around each other with a mix of drama and a bit of romance in some strange places, and while there's an amateurish quality to the writing, I'm not sure that isn't just a cultural difference, since I find I can make that comment for a lot of foreign films -- and I sort of doubt they're all made by amateurs. Anyway, if you're in the mood to deal with subtitles, and come across this movie, have some confidence that it's an interesting story.

Doug Swallow
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