The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


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Years of following Hollywood teach one to beware of too many stars in one cast, so what to make of a film that starts with Dev Patel, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle and Penelope Wilton? Did the Beeb have anyone on call during the filming? Oh, and add Richard Gere from this side of the pond to the mix.

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” suffers from a script that is days-old moldy naan. The story meanders even when it does make sense. Not all the spice of the exotic locale and great cast makes up for the blah characterizations and unmotivated plot lines.

But, like every Bollywood derivative, the dancing is a whole lot of fun.

The 2-star, would have been just 1 without Tina Desai’s terpsichorean turns.

Phil Neches


3 Responses to “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

  1. Couldn’t agree with you more, Phil. We saw it and wish we had not.

  2. a colorful mess.

  3. Predictable.

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