(2015) (Dev Patel, Judi Dench) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A young Indian man hopes to open a second hotel for the elderly in his hometown, but must contend with a rival, all while his long-term guests go about their new lives there.
- Having already established the successful Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful in his hometown of Jaipur, India, Sonny Kapoor (DEV PATEL) has set his sights on another building that he wants to purchase in order to expand his business. Accordingly, he briefly travels to America -- with one of his long-term guests and his new business partner, Muriel Donnelly (MAGGIE SMITH) -- to meet with investor Ty Burley (DAVID STRATHAIRN).
When they return with knowledge that their potential investor will be sending his "guy" to check out their operation, Sonny is sure that aspiring author Guy Chambers (RICHARD GERE) is that man, to the point of giving him the room just assigned to newcomer Lavinia Beech (TAMSIN GREIG).
That doesn't sit well with Sonny's fiancée, Sunaina (TENA DESAE), who's busy planning their wedding, including with help from her brother's silver spoon best friend, Kushal (SHAZAD LATIF), who's helping with the dance choreography. Seeing them together brings out some jealousy in Sonny who's otherwise too preoccupied to notice that Guy has eyes for Sonny's long-widowed mother, Mrs. Kapoor (LILLETE DUBEY).
Other romance is in the air there as well, including Madge Hardcastle (CELIA IMRIE) trying to pick among her various suitors. Then there's Douglas Ainslie (BILL NIGHY), whose wife, Jean (PENELOPE WILTON), earlier left him, thus allowing him to grow fond of Evelyn Greenslade (JUDI DENCH).
She tries to sort out her feelings for him while accepting a full-time job as a fabric and textiles buyer, all while Norman Cousins (RONALD PICKUP) becomes suspicious that his girlfriend, Carol Parr (DIANA HARDCASTLE), might be seeing someone else. As all of that occurs, Sonny does what he can to impress Guy, while his jealousy and inattention to his upcoming wedding to Sunaina threatens to jeopardize their relationship.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some older teens might, especially if they liked the first film. Otherwise, it's not that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For some language and suggestive comments.
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