The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

ages 14+ | 81 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Some British retirees (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy) decide to outsource their retirement to exotic -- and less expensive -- India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and imagining a life of leisure in lush surroundings, they arrive and find that the Marigold is actually a shell of its former self. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.

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Genre: Comedy

Director: John Madden

Producer: Jonathan King, Graham Broadbent, Jeff Skoll, Ricky Strauss, Peter Czernin

Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Sid Makkar, Tena Desae

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  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    I saw this movie on an airplane, which is the only reason I bothered to watch it in the first place. It is a very well done movie, but I found it to drag on and to be rather boring. Perhaps I'm simply not old enough to appreciate the film, as it has come very highly recommended from people I trust.

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  • (Female)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    In my opinion, the best film thus far of 2012. I say 16+ simply because I think the theme of the film may be too sophisticated for kids and most teens. I love the mantra that the film is built around.."In the end, it all works out perfectly, and if it's not perfect, then it's not the end." The film follows Western retirees as they move to India to retire elegantly on the cheap. As that stage of life does, they each come to the hotel druing varying circumstances that life has lead them too: widowhood, marriage disillusionment, lost value in the workplace, and dealing with adult children as they begin to define their lives. The film reminds us that life is full of turns that we may not choose, but that in spite of that, we have choices in how to cope with that which we may not like, and that some choose a positive way to deal, and some are more resistant to change, but that the journey is individual in nature, but that the way we deal will affect those we love. And, as it the end, it all works perfect, and if it's not perfect, it's not the end! I hope to see this film during Award Season! Worthy of a few..

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Maybe you need to be on the north side of 60 to appreciate "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Or maybe not.

    Rich character development, a colorful setting and an interesting storyline combine to make this a delightful peek into the lives of British retirees who leave rainy England for the promises of warmer weather and lower costs in a wonderful hotel catering to the elderly.

    While the hotel isn't quite as advertised, the retirees find that life can still offer some surprises -- some wonderful and others not so much.

    There are some sexual situations and one use of the f-word, so "Marigold" does earn its PG-13 rating. But it's refreshing to see a movie that doesn't rely on aliens or multiple explosions to make its point. These regular people are fascinating, even exotic, in their own right.

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  • (Female)

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    Wonderful! But younger people don't understand this movie at all. A great example of older people fighting to live a fulfilling life. It takes courage to embrace life at all ages!

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  • (Male)

    ages 15+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I watched this movie on the Clearplay DVD player, so I am not sure if my rating estimation is correct, but I do know that this movie was just plain dumb. It wasn't funny like I was expecting, mostly just drama. I stuck through to the end expecting it to get better, but the rest of my family gave up.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Very well acted film. Makes you ponder on what is really important in your life. There is a message to really look at traditions and see if they are limiting and need to be broken or changed. Speaking of traditions there is a hidden message that traditional families don't work which bothered me a bit. But I would still recommend see this movie.

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  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    Not ok | Not Worth Your Time

    ...offers a mixed, and problematic, moral message about the "golden" years, as crusty old fogeys let their hair down -- and unleash their libidos... The film contains a benign view of premarital sex and homosexual acts, partial nudity, gruesome images of a corpse, some sexual innuendo and occasional rough language... Read full review here

  • (Male) Arizona Republic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    So no points for originality. Madden tries to make up for this with sheer British acting personality and nearly succeeds. They might not be doing groundbreaking work here, but Dench, Nighy, Wilkinson and the rest are doing what they are given to do very well... "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" winds up playing like the coming together of a supergroup of classic rockers that never manages to live up to the individual work. Parts of it are catchy, but it doesn't quite rock... Read full review here

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a refreshing, mature fairy tale with a top-notch ensemble cast... The audience also will fall under its spell, spun mostly by the venerable actors, easily some of the U.K.'s best... The story ties up neatly, in the happily-ever-after vein of fairy tales... Read full review here

  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Seeing the impeccable performances of this magnificent cast is reason enough to see the film... there is something more than the kind of bittersweet but cozy story of plucky septuagenarians... Parents should know that this film includes some strong language (f-word), sexual references (gay and straight) and partial nudity, sad death, and drinking... Read full review here

  • (Male) Chicago Sun-Times Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The story is light-footed and cheerful for the most part.. Events move along so engagingly that they sneak up on a few surprisingly touching developments... Read full review here

  • (Female) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    ...there's something comfortable -- and comforting -- about all this.... Marigold Hotel achieves what it sets out to do: Sell something safe and sweet, in a vivid foreign setting, to an underserved share of the moviegoing market... Read full review here

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Excellent movie! Great characters, good story, and funny in parts. Just good clean fun.

  • (Female)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    loved it, both david and i ... british humour and it's funny ...

  • (Female)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Definitely a movie that makes you think about your life, what you have done, would like the change, and the kind of legacy you want to leave behind. Not an action, special effects, good vs. bad guys movie, it is a mix of real life drama, combined with humor. The cast is remarkable, the plot is genuine, I like how the stories of the different people in the group develop, how each deals with their own past, does their best to face their fears and challenges and tries to enjoy every minute of this new and exotic experience. It is an eye opener to the simple pleasures of life that we many times take for granted and a come back to enjoying and making the best with what you are given. I rate it a PG-13 because there is one unnecessary F-word in there and some sexual conversations and innuendos not appropriate for younger audiences.

Okfor ages12+