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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 6 March 2015 (USA)
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As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Car Valet
Ty Burley
Subhrajyoti Barat ...
Hari (as Shubhrajyoti Barat)
Fiona Mollison ...
American Tourist
Jayesh V. Kardak ...
Douglas' Assistant (as Jayesh Kardak)


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 ... Written by Fox Searchlight

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for some language and suggestive comments | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El exótico Hotel Marigold 2  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,540,370 (USA) (6 March 2015)


$33,071,558 (USA) (19 June 2015)

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Did You Know?


In the movie, Evelyn (Judi Dench) claims Muriel (Maggie Smith) is only 19 days older than her. In real life, Maggie Smith (b. 28/12/34) is in fact exactly 19 days younger than Dame Judi Dench (b. 9/12/34). See more »


In the opening, Muriel and Sonny are driving down Route 66 and then appear in San Diego. Route 66 ends in Los Angeles, not San Diego. See more »


Muriel Donnelly: There's no such thing as an ending; just a place where you leave the story.
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Follows The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) See more »


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A Poorish Sequel with little new to say
5 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first film was bright, pretty truthful about old age, and extremely watchable. This is a surprise sequel made because the first made so much money - and it shows. There is a lack of invention, very poor script, anodyne characterisation, and, worst of all, the plot line and meat of the film all belong to tele/film land rather than to real older people. You can see why middle aged, middle class film critics are praising it. There is little of the worries of old people (eg death, families left behind in UK, reflections on the past), India is a sanitised OK place (no hot climate, no crowds, no dirt) so they can go on expiating colonial guilt, no racism (such bad form and only for Mail readers), and the themes and tropes all belong to familiar cinematic conventions - eg infidelity, second marriage, unrequited love and no money worries! So the piece is really only held together by two of our greatest thespians - Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, while the subplots would disgrace 'Midsomer Murders!' What a wretched disappointment of a movie. This really does patronise the grey audience it is aimed at. Real life or any approximation of it is totally missing. While the Bollywood elements are just a tack on to meet the criticisms of the first film by those middle aged critics again - not enough representation of India, dahling! Oh really!

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