The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

DVD - 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.

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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

I didn't realize this was a sequel but when it came on TV I decided to check it out, mainly for Richard Gere. The characters surprisingly, drew me in, but the story was so slow moving that it seemed to go on forever. It had it's funny moments and honestly my favorite part was the music that the newlyweds danced to, particularly when she was dancing with her fiance's rival. Her fiance was so annoying with his constant jealousy that I wanted to smack him but I did like Richard Gere's character. I did enjoy most of the other performances and now I'm a little curious about the first film.

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matcat44
Oct 01, 2018

Unfortunately it cannot live up to the original. Shame!

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milesthecat
Mar 21, 2016

After the funny and brilliant first, this is a disappointing sequel

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msevinrud
Jan 24, 2016

Not as good as the 1st movie but still fun and quirky.

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purple_converse
Jan 11, 2016

If you haven't see the 1st movie, then don't see this. Character development was a little slim, as you were "supposed to" know the characters already. Even more so than the character's going in I didn't know/understand that the hotel was a retirement home (sort-of). Nor did I know/realize it had "end of life" themes. That being said, the visuals (including dancing) were a feast for the eyes, bringing my rating up to 3 star (just barely.) This, and I knew going in, that some said it was "slow", even knowing this going in, it was pretty darn slow. Found the very good looking Richard Gerhe quite ho-hum and "flat." Several other characters flat, too.

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behere
Nov 28, 2015

Not as cohesive as the first movie but I enjoyed the seasoned actors.

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CMoskalyk
Nov 19, 2015

My daughter and I loved this movie just as much as the first.

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LJReid
Nov 19, 2015

I did not enjoy this film nearly as much as the first. Less character development especially the romance between Buddy and Mamma G. Too deep too quickly. It would have been nice if it developed like Douglas and Evangeline in the first film. I did enjoy the wedding dance scenes. Overall disappointing compared to the first film due to lack of plot development.

IXN205UES Oct 10, 2015

This should be called Uncle Taj’s Marigold Cabin - a British version set in India, and just as insulting in the stereotypes it conveys. A condescending, insulting, white Anglos’ fantasy of India as they wish/ed it to be, complete with docile, subservient, caricatured Indians living in a time capsule of the British Raj circa 1920. Dev Patel’s Sonny, with his exaggerated Indian accent, stereotypical mannerisms and annoyingly “quaint” English exemplifies the harmless Indian that the English were so fond of…one who knew his place and unquestionably accepted it as an honorable destiny to serve pompous second-rate Brits while amusing them with his poetic English, as if aspiring to be one of them. His character was sooo excruciatingly grating. Virtually every scene and plot line (if they can be called that) are caricature opportunities – the driver meekly ferrying his white memsahib to alternating trysts with two childishly lovestruck maharajahs who strive to win her lily-white hand, while he offers worldly wisdom (3 caricatures in 1 sub-plot); scheming bazaar traders, urchin kids; etc etc. The only characters that emerge relatively caricature-free from this farce are Sonny’s mother, Maggie Smith and Richard Gere (surprise, surprise).

ebarteldes Oct 10, 2015

A fun, feel-good comedy with a few dramatic moments. . Glad that Hollywood is finally realizing that yes, aging actors have a place in mainstream movies, and that audiences are not just about blockbusters.

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behere
Nov 28, 2015

Maggie Smith (as Muriel): "There is no such thing as an ending. Just a place where you leave the story and it's your story now."

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behere
Nov 28, 2015

Judi Dench (as Evelyn): "I don't know if I'm excited or terrified. Sometimes it seems to me that the difference between what we want and what we fear is a width of an eyelash."

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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2015

The wedding speech:
... the young...This is what the young make us remember...For this is what the young
make us remember...that in the end...that in the end, it's all very simple...that all it takes is to look into someone's eyes...and say... "Yes..."this is what I want." And for them to reply... "it's what I want, too..."and there's nothing to be afraid of..."

And the final lines, advice for both young and old:

Let go. That's when the fun starts. Because as I once heard someone say...there's no present like the time.

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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2015

A good collection of quotes in IMDb. Here are a few not:

A bit over the top:
Sonny: And breakfast is served on the terrace between 7:00 and 10:00, Miss Beech. With roll-call at 9:00 precisely.
Lavinia (new guest:) Roll-call?
Sonny: To ensure that if anyone has left us in the night, at least they will not lie undiscovered. Although you, dear lady, are nearer the menopause than the mortuary.

Madge ogled at Guy played by Richard Gere : Lordy lord, have mercy on my ovaries.

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