Alim is an Ismaili Canadian who lives in London, thousands of miles from his family, for one very good reason--he has a boyfriend. His ideal gay life begins to unravel when his mother shows up to find him a proper Muslim girlfriend and convince him to return to Canada for his cousin's extravagant wedding.
The only real touch of class in the rickety little romantic comedy is Kyle MacLachlan's dead-on impersonation of Cary Grant's ghost. Lounging around in a paisley dressing gown, dropping pallid witticisms in Grant's signature staccato style with just the right accent, the actor finds an easy balance between affectionate imitation and amusing parody. That ghost haunts the movie's troubled young protagonist Alim (Jimi Mistry), a gay South Asian Muslim leaving with a British lover in London. The movie is the latest manifestation of an already stale sub-sub genre: the multicultural romance in which a gay couple of mixed ethnicity tries to conceal their relationship from visiting tradition-bound relatives who assume the lovers are heterosexual roommates. Mr. MacLachlan's Grant is Alim's imaginary advisor. The humor fizzles, and except for Mr. MacLachlan the acting is wooden and overstated. Stephen Holden
2004-07-16 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Touch of Pink