Touch of Pink


Touch of Pink

Critics Consensus

Kyle MacLachlan does a very good imitation Cary Grant in this forced and contrived tale.



Total Count: 61


Audience Score

User Ratings: 6,111
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Movie Info

Canadian writer/director Ian Iqbal Rashid makes his feature film debut with the romantic comedy Touch of Pink. Jimi Mistry plays Alim, an young gay Ismali-Canadian living in a fashionable section of London. He has an active fantasy life involving Kyle MacLachlan, who appears as the charming ghost of Cary Grant. Alim also has an active social life in the real world with his actual boyfriend Giles (Kristen Holden-Ried). His life of leisure is interrupted when his mother Nuru (Suleka Mathew) arrives in town unexpectedly from Toronto. She also has a secret plan to take him back with her to Canada so he can settle down and find a nice Muslim girl to marry. Touch of Pink premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.


Critic Reviews for Touch of Pink

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (23)

  • There are two crucial bits of miscasting, one bad, one good, both distracting.

    Sep 30, 2004 | Rating: C+
  • Its plot is hackneyed and banal.

    Sep 10, 2004 | Rating: 2/4
  • An uncomfortable jumble of Harvey, Bend It Like Beckham and The Birdcage.

    Sep 3, 2004 | Rating: C-

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Much of the problem with Touch of Pink rests with Mistry, whose nice guy appeal registers even less than it did in his previous starring vehicles, The Guru and The Mystic Masseur.

    Sep 3, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • MacLachlan's strong jaw line and his valiant attempt to act so very Cary aren't enough to save this film.

    Aug 13, 2004 | Full Review…
  • As much as it aspires to mimic the charm of old Cary Grant pictures, Touch of Pink is hardly worthy of comparison to even the least of Grant's films.

    Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Touch of Pink

  • Aug 08, 2008
    I liked this. It was adorable. I LOVED Alim's mother, she was hilarious, and very beautiful. Good story, I enjoyed the cultural twist on it. Enjoyable.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2007
    A BEAUTIFUL MOVIE!!! My sister was watching this, and I stopped and sat down to watch. LOVED IT!!
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2007
    Enjoyable time filler, Sue Mathew is great fun as the mother.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2006
    What do you get when you're gay AND you come from a culture that ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT ALLOW IT?!?!? You create an imaginary friend who's a lot like a classic movie star from Hollywood's golden age so that he may give you advice as to what to do. This movie is soooo cute. It's basically the same storyline as Bend It Like Beckham, except there's no soccer and the main character in this movie is a gay man who likes playing with a different sort of balls. Alim must hide the fact that he's gay to his mother, a stereotypically conservative Indian woman who is coming to visit him. The comedy that ensues is somewhat predictable but also very funny and endearing. Kyle MacLachlan is superb as the Spirit of Cary Grant and is probably one of his better performances in recent memory! Except for his role in Showgirls, of course! Kidding. Watch this movie. It'll make you laugh-- or at least chuckle and relax.
    Rico Z Super Reviewer

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