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Touch of Pink

This gay romantic comedy was produced in Canada and transpires mostly in Britain, but its true setting is the Hollywood of the mind. A shy young Pakistani in London (Jimi Mistry of The Guru) takes his social cues from an imaginary Cary Grant (Kyle MacLachlan, gamely shouldering a thankless task) but still won't come out of the closet to his Muslim family in Toronto. Complications ensue when his harsh, status-obsessed mother (Suleka Mathew) arrives in town to campaign for some grandchildren and Mistry has to disown his dreamboat boyfriend (Kristen Holden-Ried). Writer-director Ian Iqbal Rashid patterns this after Grant's screwball comedies, with heavy doses of Bend It Like Beckham and Play It Again, Sam; it's formulaic but still fun, thanks to the quick and genial players. R, 92 min.

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