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(2012) (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy) (PG-13)

Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Mild
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Mild
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence None

Drama: Various strangers learn about themselves and others while spending several weeks at an Indian hotel that turns out not to be what was advertised to them.
The brochure for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful shows a lovely resort in Jaipur, India. When a number of strangers arrive there, however, they discover that it's decidedly less than advertised, and all have different reactions to that. There's Evelyn (JUDI DENCH), a recent widow who's decided to venture outside of her formerly sheltered life for the first time and ends up taking a job as a consultant for a phone call center. She befriends Graham (TOM WILKINSON), a recently retired high court judge who's returned to his former home city with hopes that he might find a lost love from long ago.

Madge (CELIA IMRIE) and Norman (RONALD PICKUP) are also looking for love, albeit separately and of the new and wealthy kind, something that eventually results in him meeting Carol (DIANA HARDCASTLE). Love is the last thing on the mind of Jean (PENELOPE WILTON) who's reluctantly arrived there with her husband, Douglas (BILL NIGHY), after a previous business loan to their daughter means they have to consider retiring here. Likewise, Muriel (MAGGIE SMITH) isn't pleased to be there, especially with her racist beliefs, but she needs an affordable hip replacement surgery and this is where she's been sent.

The hotel is run by Sonny (DEV PATEL), a young man who's trying to rehab the hotel back to its more glorious days when it was run by his late father. His mother, Mrs. Kapoor (LILLETE DUBEY), thinks that's a silly idea and wants him to come back home with her, especially since she doesn't like the young woman, Sunaina (TENA DESAE), who he's dating. As the weeks pass and he scrambles to keep everyone happy, the visitors must contend with their reactions to the place, each other, and discoveries about themselves.

Unless they're fans of someone in the film or of movies set in India, it's highly unlikely.
For sexual content and language.

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