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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about as original as its title -- but with a cast this talented and effortlessly charming, that hardly matters.

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Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they've found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny's mother, Mrs. Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding.​ -- (C) Fox Searchlightmore
Rating: PG (for some language and suggestive comments)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ol Parker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 14, 2015
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Judi Dench
as Evelyn Greenslade
Maggie Smith
as Muriel Donnelly
Bill Nighy
as Douglas Ainslie
Dev Patel
as Sonny Kapoor
Celia Imrie
as Madge Hardcastle
Ronald Pickup
as Norman Cousins
Penelope Wilton
as Jean Ainslie
Tamsin Greig
as Lavinia
Tina Desai
as Sunaina
Diana Hardcastle
as Carol Parr
Zachary Coffin
as American Tourist
Jayesh V. Kardak
as Douglas' Assistant
Tena Desae
as Sunaina
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Critic Reviews for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (42)

The whole movie is caught somewhere between apology and entitlement.

Full Review… | March 20, 2015
Top Critic

A warm and fun crowd pleaser.

Full Review… | April 27, 2016
New Zealand Herald

It's a form of comfort food that delights even if it lacks surprises.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
The Film Stage

The familiar essence of this mostly palatable cocktail is elegiac sentimentality cut with English reticence.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
SF Weekly

I could have done with less of Sonny's comical wittering and more of grand dames Smith and Dench sitting around sipping drinks in the sun, but honestly? The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel wasn't made to please me.

Full Review… | December 18, 2015
NOW Toronto

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an amusing adventure. It often stops short of depth of character in favor of an easy laugh, but it doesn't shy away from a bit of heartbreak. It can be a heady mix of mirth and melancholy when it wants to be.

Full Review… | December 18, 2015
Tulsa World

Audience Reviews for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Sonny attempts to buy another hotel while his guests have their own interpersonal dramas.
If the first film was all charming plot and aphorisms, the second one is all aphorisms with a hackneyed plot. As a result, the aphorisms seem much less deserved: this film is not good enough to preach. Douglas and Evelyn's stalled courtship has no plot events, Sonny's rivalry is underdeveloped, a problem easily solved but stretched out because it must fill the film's running time, Norman's plot is ridiculous and the climax is too easy, and the mystery evaluator is so predictable that I'm rather insulted this film felt the need to include that story-line. The performances are all wonderful, which is no wonder considering the talent involved, but obviously, that's not enough.
Overall, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a distant second to anything else you could spend two hours doing.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


The romantic escapades of the inhabitants of the Marigold Hotel is the subject of this soap opera masquerading as sophisticated entertainment. This is Love, American Style for the geriatric set. Although I hope I didn't insult the early 1970s ABC TV anthology series. Seriously though. What are they feeding these folks? Even with all the amorous adventures, the production is absolute drudgery for a moviegoer to endure. Not much of consequence happens. Even the title refers to a subplot that doesn't really figure into the story until the very end. A sensible and evolving drama is clearly not a priority of the script. The narrative advances with the urgency of a three-toed sloth. Not to boast, but I'm rather proud I was able to stay awake during the snoozy happenings. Naturally everything culminates in a Bollywood style musical number at an Indian wedding. Its presence only to adhere to some checklist of clichés. By then I had already checked out of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. My advice? Don't even bother checking in.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Rarely is a sequel any good, but I simply adored this charming comedy that warms you all over!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Quotes

Sonny Kapoor: Why not? The man is so handsome, he has me urgently questioning my own sexuality.
– Submitted by Brian V (4 months ago)
Muriel: You're nineteen days older than I am.
Evelyn: Nineteen days is the life span of a wasp.
– Submitted by Charles C (14 months ago)

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