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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2015
  • John Madden
  • 117 mins
  • PG

Summary

Comedy drama sequel starring Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. As the pensioners live out their golden years in India, irrepressible owner Sonny is worried that one of the new arrivals is an undercover hotel inspector.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Another irresistible swirl of heart-warming life lessons, funny valentines and intoxicating local Indian colour, this captivating sequel is not second best at all, more a worthy companion piece to the 2011 crowd-pleaser. As hotel co-manager Dev Patel's dreams of expansion get in the way of his marriage plans, the cream of British acting aristocracy (Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench) navigate their own romantic complications with effortless chemistry. Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig check in to the retirement hotel as possible spies for the US financiers Patel needs to fund his franchise, adding their own brand of infectious charm to the winning formula, but returning director John Madden and writer Ol Parker make sure not to rock the mature fairy-tale boat. The touching ending is a fitting conclusion to another pleasure-filled journey populated by a wonderful ensemble of what feel like old friends.

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Credits

Cast

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Evelyn GreensladeJudi Dench
Muriel DonnellyMaggie Smith
Douglas AinslieBill Nighy
GuyRichard Gere
Madge HardcastleCelia Imrie
Jean AinsliePenelope Wilton
Norman CousinsRonald Pickup
CarolDiana Hardcastle
Sonny KapoorDev Patel
SunainaTena Desae
LaviniaTamsin Greig
Mrs KapoorLillete Dubey
Ty BurleyDavid Strathairn

Crew

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DirectorJohn Madden

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2015-02-27
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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