Cary On

Salt Lake City Weekly | September 24, 2004
Holy cow, how did they get Kyle MacLachlan to look like his entire body is in old-school Technicolor? Makeup artists, lighting designers and costumers for Touch of Pink must have had a ball turning him into the spirit of Cary Grant, who acts as imaginary mentor to Alim (Jimi Mistri), a gay native Canadian Ismaili Muslim living in London. I spent an inordinate amount of time dwelling on the trickery involved in MacLachlan’s transformation—because frankly, there’s little else worth anyone’s time or attention in this limp comedy. The plot gets predictably wacky-slash-touching when Alim’s mother (Suleka Mathew) comes to visit and prod her son about why he isn’t married yet, with writer/director Ian Iqbal Rashid laying on the whimsical music with the same trowel used to apply MacLachlan’s foundation. Mom clues into Alim’s sexual orientation surprisingly early in the film, leaving a whole lot of time for perfunctory tearful exchanges before everyone learns their Very Important Lessons in mutual understanding. Some catty dialogue zingers pump a few token breaths of life to a tale with far less color than MacLachlan’s cheeks.

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