Touch of Pink [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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I think it pulls it off as film that is charming and witty but one which is also very moving. While it plays like an old fashioned, feel-good Hollywood rom-com with a gay, Asian twist, the film also has a more serious side in dealing with internalised homophobia and racism. But it never comes across as heavy handed - it plays out its politics through humour. Suleka Matthew is beautiful and touching as the mother, and she shows that she's a very gifted comedian. Kyle MacLachlan is inspired his performance as Cary Grant, getting the vocal intonations and the mannerisms just right.
A must-see for fans of old Cary Grant movies - who will pick up all the reference to his film. Also for people interested in post-colonial cinema. Make a big bowl of popcorn, curl up on the sofa and enjoy watching it.
I've bought it for my collection and still watch it from time to time. really enjoyable.
Several of the plot's turns and twists may seem contrived, laboring away at pat stereotypes one hopes Hollywood will quickly outgrow. Jimi Mistry plays Alim, a culturally divorced and thus conflicted South Asian slash Canadian expat living in London with his boyfriend (Kristen Holden-Reid). The pair are a jovial young couple but Alim is uptight and lives a life of carefully partitioned half-truths, having not come out to his family, which his partner knows. The crux is rooted in how Alim copes with his disconnection, his prospective arranged marriage, and so forth.
For what it is worth, Mistry's rendition of a homophile without resorting to annoying effeminate gestures is quite convincing. His British mate provides a bulk of the film's genuinely funny moments. The cardboard-cutout traditional Indian mother seems like she had her hair colored white for the role, which incidentally could be the only plausible explanation for her to undergo the dramatic transformation that she does. If only more Indian conservative types could be wrangled so.
Despite its calculated proprieties, when everyone collides in a Toronto wedding where the film's final wrinkle is unveiled, I would concede it works overall. It's a good one-time watch, perhaps a decent rental for a discerning evening. If you enjoy this film may I also suggest Ang Lee's "The Wedding Banquet" which does a generally better job in a similar vein.
Maybe the last 30 minutes redeemed the film. I never got that far and had to give up.
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Entertaining Tosh. One of the best of a not very good bunch. At least I could understand the dialogue the film quality was good and the acting was not wooden.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This theme was so much more stylishly explored in The Wedding Banquet, but it has its moments of charm. But I wouldn't put it too near the top of the pile of gay comedies.Published 18 months ago by Jamesfalcon
To be honest it was a bit of a let down the only saving grace was the bottle of gin we hadPublished 19 months ago by john