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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

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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.

Director:

John Madden

Writers:

Ol Parker (screenplay by), Ol Parker (screen story by) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dev Patel ... Sonny Kapoor
Maggie Smith ... Muriel Donnelly
Danny Mahoney ... Car Valet
David Strathairn ... Ty Burley
Judi Dench ... Evelyn Greenslade
Bill Nighy ... Douglas Ainslie
Celia Imrie ... Madge Hardcastle
Ronald Pickup ... Norman Cousins
Diana Hardcastle ... Carol Parr
Subhrajyoti Barat Subhrajyoti Barat ... Hari (as Shubhrajyoti Barat)
Fiona Mollison Fiona Mollison ... Susan
Zachary Coffin ... American Tourist
Jayesh V. Kardak Jayesh V. Kardak ... Douglas' Assistant (as Jayesh Kardak)
Tina Desai ... Sunaina
Shazad Latif ... Kushal
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Storyline

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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sequel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El exótico Hotel Marigold 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,540,370, 8 March 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,078,266

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,384,306
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Blueprint Pictures,Babieka See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Evelyn Greenslade: I don't know why I tell you anything.
Muriel Donnelly: Because I'm older and wiser.
Evelyn Greenslade: Nineteen days older.
Muriel Donnelly: That's the entire lifespan of a wasp.
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JBJ
Written by Gulzar, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Zubeen Garg, Shankar Mahadevan & Sunidhi Chauhan
Courtesy of Yash Raj Films
By arrangement with The Royalty Network, Inc.
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It had big shoes to fill...
2 March 2015 | by yellowgixxer750See all my reviews

...but managed pretty well.

There's a terrible risk with producing a sequel to a unique, quirky and successful movie. For want of a better cliché, it's flogging a dead horse.

This film confronted that risk and trounced it soundly. I was wondering how the heck the producers would manage it, and went to the cinema expecting to be disappointed at best and mildly annoyed at worst. But no. I left uplifted, happy and feeling as though I had wasted neither the time nor the ticket price.

The characters continue to develop. New characters are introduced but are generally given the chance to have their own back stories as well. The film genuinely manages to give the impression of being a candid look at the lives of a disparate bunch of people - their interactions, hopes, fears, prejudices and so on are all laid bare for us, as before, yet somehow it still manages to feel fresh.

There are real, proper laughs, some fantastic one-liners and some very well done moments of pathos. It's beautifully filmed and the big set-pieces are a delight.

In short it steps into the large boots of its predecessor, and fills them nicely. Go and see it.


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