The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

7.22 h 3 min2012X-RayPG-13
British pensioners on a tight budget move to a retirement home in india; their adventures there giving them a new lease on life.
John Madden
Tom WilkinsonBill Nighy
English [CC]
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Graham BroadbentPeter CzerninSarah HarveyCaroline HewittJonathan KingPravesh SahniJeff SkollRicky Strauss
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ParisReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
This was dreadful.
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This did not work for me. Awfully agendist with all the wrong, tiresome and predictable agendas. I expected so much more with this cast of characters. This was not best or exotic, and it left me feeling like I needed a shower inside and out. I did not finish past the funeral pyre. It was not only a waste of my time, but left me with a deficit of time, inner peace and joy on the other side of it.
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Miss DebReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gets better!
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I had my doubts in the beginning ---- even though I adore Dame (and incomparable) Maggie Smith, Dame Judith Dench, Celia Imerie (I LOVE his woman!), Tom Williamson, Bill Nighy & Mr. Pickup... whose first name eludes me at the moment ---- but, it turned out quite well. I gave in to the urge to watch it one more time before my rental expired. I found I enjoyed it even more. Owning the movie, I now watch it.... of course, only in order to show others who have not seen it(!) ..... often. Great film! Charming, witty, funny, sad --- to the point of tears in two deserving scenes ---- romantic. Speaking from experience ---- the film offers an intelligent and spot-on(!) telling of the physical, psychological, sexual and often tragic results of not having died yet! Many of those close to 'the elderly (or much worse..... elderly AND infirm (and it takes so little to be labeled "infirm" after having been labeled "elderly!") in geographic proximity and by genetic (family) bonds ---- make no effort to conceal their opinion that you have out lived your usefulness and your necessity, i.e. you are no longer wanted or needed.... you are, bluntly, no more than a nuisance... at best; At worst: You are an unwanted dilemma to be dealt with, straining the patience of the ones you carried & cared for (physically and financially), raised, and brought into adulthood ---- or what passes for adulthood today. This film addresses this in an easily understandable manner ..... so that everyone can grasp the truth. There is also a youthful romance that crosses class boundaries.... which in India seem to be even more ridiculous and unkind than in the US and, apparently, Britain. SO it is a film the young and the not-so-young can enjoy. Highly recommended. The cast alone makes this film worth a look! (The cast is why I watched in the first place ----- I adore them all ---- but, the British ladies of the cast ( I am shamed by not being able to remember the names of two of the ladies) are among the best in their profession --- the best of yesterday, today, and ---- without a doubt! ---- tomorrow! Go Girls!
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Marty FieldReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2017
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is located in Jaipur, India. It has a great brochure, which portrays it in glowing terms, and attracts the attention of several different aging British people. They don't look forward to their retirement years in England, in tiny apartments and with mechanized systems dealing with them. There is also the expense factor, wanting to stay in a place where their funds will stretch farther. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel seems to be a good bet and they all move there. However, they find they are the first to arrive and the glowing promise is more the future dream of its young Manager. They have to cope with its shortcomings, a culture and people they don't know, and the different people within their group. The enthusiastic, but disorganized, young Manager and the new situations gradually grow on them and they begin to relax and like their surroundings. The star British cast (including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith and Bill Nighty) does a fantastic job. The street scenes and views of Jaipur are great and give the viewer an impression of what it really would be like to live there.
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Mark HortonReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
All-star cast, gooey plot, arrested attitudes on sexuality - but with lovely scenery.
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Given my experience with “old people,” I had great expectations for this movie which, unfortunately, came crashing down fairly soon.
I thought one could reasonably expect there to be some display of wisdom gained through age, especially as it seems the viewer is set up with an expectation of seeing how “the aged” would handle various challenges and adventures, particularly in a setting completely foreign to all but one of them.
Instead, in spite of some moments of humor and/or tenderness, it appears none of the characters ever grew past the fallacies of the sexual revolution and the foolishness of defining oneself primarily by one’s libido. It seems the movie spends at least half its time trying to convince everyone that sex is, or should be, one’s raison d’être. In fact, one character announces that, since she seems to have lost her ability to attract men, she can’t think what else there can be for her.
It’s 1960’s Sexual Liberation claptrap regurgitated by actors who probably participated in its first iteration. So, prepare yourself for some delightful cinematography, settings, and a cotton candy narrative heavily - and I mean HEAVILY - coated with emotionally stunted views of sex and sexuality.
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The Tally HoReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Review without Spoilers - Pros & Cons
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2011 British comedy-drama film starring Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, & Penelope Wilton, as a group of British pensioners moving to a retirement hotel in India, run by the young and eager Sonny, played by Dev Patel. Overall I enjoyed this film, here are the pros & cons, I hope this helps you.
1. Acting is very good especially the parts acted by Tom Wilkinson & Maggie Smith
2. Well written & good use of foreshadowing
3. Great themes, motivating, thought provoking, & inspiring
4. Nice ending
1. Film starts of very slowly & takes some time before you can get into the characters
2. Cinematography is bland and could have been so much more vivid & culturally interesting
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michael john madineReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Living the Life to the Very End!"
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Fantastic,high quality,heartwarming movie,about a bunch of golden oldies who go to live in India in order to better enjoy their retirement years, in a once elegant "pukka sahib" hotel.
It has a great cast of actors,an exotic Asian location,a superb story line,with generous touches of humour and some bittersweet reality stirred well in to the curry,and I found myself wondering why I had'nt thought of going to a magic place like this when I gave up the wonderful world of work many years ago!
If movies of this sort,no bad language either, appeal to you,don't hesitate,its thoughtful,intelligent,and above all,gentle,and you can buy it to enjoy with the whole family and,who knows,if you're a golden oldie too,you may find the"kids"looking at you in a slightly different way,at the end of it!
Very high Feelgood factor on this one,so go for it!
16 people found this helpful
Lil PeachReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Finally watched it and SO glad I did!
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Sweet, funny, great cast and beautiful locations, mixed in with many real life, personal and societal issues. Without ever preaching or reaching to make a point, it reveals and examines things like growing older in a world that focuses on the young, and many kinds of stereotyping, whether based on family history, income, age, education, race, religion. For me it was unexpectedly excellent. It's been days since I watched it and I'm rather wistfully smiling thinking about now.
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Kathryn MagendieReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
When I just want something simple and almost charming
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This movie is a fun watch and even with its predictable cliches, I still love it. When I want to watch something that doesn't have violence or too much deep drama, when I just want something simple but just-to-the-edge of charming and one that's not quite 'fluffy,' then I will turn to this movie, and I have watched it quite a few times over the years. Doesn't hurt that many of the characters are my faves--and that's a good bit of my enjoyment. My least favorite characters are Ronald PIckup--kind of a EWWWWW character for me--and Penelope Wilton, who I wanted to feel sorry for but couldn't quite get there. But everyone else was a joy to watch--with Maggie Smith having the most growth of all the characters. I'm sure I'll watch it again!
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