Comedy Drama - As with the first film, this is a gentle ensemble comedy-drama
starring a number of veteran British actors, with most of the
original cast returning, led by Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Richard
Gere is the most notable newcomer, and his role like the others is on
par with the ensemble. There is minimal objectionable content and
thus, despite some adult themes, generally family safe, though the
appeal overall is most strongly for older adults.
Judi Dench PHILOMENA, SKYFALL, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Maggie Smith QUARTET, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Bill Nighy I, FRANKENSTEIN, ABOUT TIME, TOTAL RECALL David Strathairn GODZILLA, THE UNINVITED, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS Richard Gere MOVIE 43, ARBITRAGE, BROOKLYN'S FINEST, AMELIA Dev Patel CHAPPIE, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Director:John Madden THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, THE DEBT
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As a person who has collected well over 100,000 moviegoer reviews, over 20 years, I feel comfortable telling you that, if you enjoyed the first "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which millions of you did, then I feel you will certainly enjoy "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." My wife and I both enjoyed it very much. We especially enjoyed the fact that we already knew the characters. This allowed their stories be more in-depth and interesting. It also allowed additional characters to be added, like Richard Gere. Sure, there are a few scenes that aren't great, but there are plenty of scenes that are totally enjoyable and fun. If you're like most moviegoers and simply want to be entertained and not nit-pick a movie to death, then go see "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."
USA TodayFull Review Above Average The story is predictable and tries too hard to to match up most of the aging players in neat romantic pairings. Though the upbeat Bollywood dance finale is an undeniable treat, this sequel is a mildly diverting trifle, notable for its stunning setting and some deft performances but crammed with too many forgettable subplots.
NY PostFull Review Below Average Second best by a distressingly large margin, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a pointless sequel to an overlong but charming little comedy that was never designed to launch a franchise.
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average Second Best — how's that for truth in advertising? — is basically the same movie as the 2012 original without the novelty. ...the follow-up only exists because the original hit the box-office sweet spot. Hollywood, which traditionally ignores the interests of seniors — hell, make that adults in general — saw a new audience to exploit.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 52 moviegoers:
ADULTS: Overall, these reviews are very good, but not great. About 40% of the males and 35% of the females loved "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Another 20% of the males and 25% of the females rated it "above average," which indicates they enjoyed it very much. Whats a little disappointing is that a full 40% of both the males and females felt this was only an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Equally important is that no one disliked this movie so you will very likely enjoy it, at least to some degree.
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.