Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: +3

Director: John Madden. Main Actors: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Richard Gere.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The saga of a small group of British retirees living in India continues . . . Evelyn (Dench), Muriel (Smith) and Doug (Nighy) appear to have thrived living at the Exotic Marigold Hotel. Muriel guides young entrepreneur Sonny (Patel), the manager, as he seeks an American investor to help him finance a second hotel. Evelyn establishes a new career as a buyer for decorating the new hotel, and Doug spends much time as a soundboard for all. When handsome Guy Chambers (Gere) arrives, Sonny assumes he is a prospective investor pretending to be a writer.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The talented cast of English actors guarantees an intelligent, entertaining film for mature movie fans. Young adults who enjoy TV’s Downton Abbey would also find this movie worth the price of admission. Multiple love stories among the hotel guests, plus Sonny’s complicated engagement to the beautiful Sunaina (Tina Desal), and a lot of humor in a very colorful setting are all pluses. Especially fun to watch is the lively, colorful engagement party like none you have ever seen. Still, this sequel does not quite reach the enjoyment level of the original Exotic Marigold Hotel. This reviewer found it predictable and wished for more surprises. Any film over two hours long demands more substance to hold viewers’ undivided attention.

There is some marital discontent and suspicions of infidelity among the guests. One unmarried couple spends a night together with sex implied, but there is no on-camera suggestive behavior. Strong messages of our need for companionship, friendship and a purpose for our lives, no matter how young or old, drive the film. These are all good people dealing with various degrees of loneliness. There is no violence or any obscenities heard throughout the entire film. However, one fairly strong profanity takes the Lord’s name in vain.

Preview Reviewer:

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: One strong (J-G)
Profanity: None
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: None, but sex implied once between an unmarried couple
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Group of retirees learns to address their loneliness by finding purpose and friendship in their lives
Running Time: 122 minutes
Intended Audience: Families

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