in about 100 words or less
UK 124m, Colour
Director: John Madden; Cast: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a charming romantic comedy about a group of retired UK travelers who unexpectedly find themselves living in dilapidated hotel in India. Eager to restore the establishment to its former glory, the hotel’s energetic young manager falsely advertises his business in an attempt to “outsource” the care for the elderly to his country. Though the plot is somewhat predictable, as his family attempts to disrupt both his plan for the hotel, as well as his romance, Marigold Hotel is an entertaining and sometimes thoughtful story which is buoyed by the strong performances of its stellar ensemble cast (Klaus Ming September 2015).