There’s no place like this older folks’ home



Dev Patel battled himself this weekend. Chappie the Robot vs. Sonny the retirement hotel keeper. Oh, yeah, the crazy business world inhabited by Vince Vaughn was opening, too, this weekend, a trio to choose from at the Regal chain in the mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex of Destiny USA.

My dear wife Karen and I settled into the sequel that featured the older generation living in India under the watchful eye of Sonny. Patel was good as the slightly goofy, extremely well-meaning proprieter.

You can read my review of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” on the Syracuse New Times site by clicking the link below.

Patel works well with Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere and the rest of the actors 40 years his senior. His star continues to rise. I bet he was pretty good with robot Chappie, too.

If you’ve seen either of the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” movies, what did you think? What do you think of the work of Dev Patel? What’s your favorite work from the catalogs from Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Richard Gere?

37 thoughts on “There’s no place like this older folks’ home

  1. Our family is very fond of the first movie. It was our youngest who informed us we HAVE to go see the second one — so we will πŸ™‚ Right now, though, we’ve got our son and our nephew, who show no interest. We must be patient.


  2. I really liked the first Marigold movie–am a little leery of the sequel since the main story lines were pretty well wrapped up. I guess that’s why Gere is in this one. I think I’m going to wait for DVD or HBO on this one.


  3. I saw the first one twice and will see this at the theater and enjoy another time later when it comes out at the library. I still need to see the Grand Budapest Hotel, for humor and wit. The first Marigold by the way, one of my favorite characters died. Just warning someone who may think they are always funny, they have some somber points. Your review was fantastic, Mark. Thanks for letting me know without revealing anything!


  4. oh, good! i’m excited to see this and i loved the first one! dame dench was great in the first one and my fav richard here was ‘american gigolo.’ oh, and ‘nights in rodanthe.’ oh, and……)


  5. Having just seen the first one, it ended with Bill Nighy’s (not to be confused with Bill Nye the Science Guy, who we thought was in it LOL) wife returning to the states and leaving him. Good riddens to bad trash. So why is her face in the picture in your review? She’s ick. I could do without smug, self-righteous Richard Gere, but I realize he appeals to many females. Dev/Sonny is always a treat, and Sunaina, however pretty she is, should be happy to be with him, especially since his mother discovered her trying to surprise Dev naked in his (former) bed. Plus, in the first one, they hadn’t even got the FIRST hotel up to par. How on earth could Sonny be able to try a second one? It’s got me wondering.


    • Thanks for filling me in on all of the elements of the original, which I hadn’t seen, Kerbey. πŸ™‚ I tried on NetFlix, HBO OnDemand and Time Warner pay-per Saturday morning but it was not available on any of them.

      I’m not going to spoil II for you by answering your questions. Go see it. πŸ™‚

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  6. I saw the original and thoroughly enjoyed it. I will probably see this sequel as well. But I must say that the addition of Richard Gere as one of the “old folks” made me feel really, really old. I remember him as the sexy, hunky romantic lead in movies likes Pretty Woman and An Officer and a Gentleman. And now he plays a senior citizen with the likes of Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy? Oh my, how we’ve aged.


  7. I loved the original movie… all my favorite British actors (which means they are my favorite actors, period!)… so I was a little concerned about a “Second Best” but all the reviews I have read (all two of them including yours!) seem to rate it well… it will be on my Netflix list. Dev Patel does seem to be everywhere I turn but good for him, I always enjoy his performances. It should be a hoot seeing Richard Gere in the mix! Maybe I am talking myself into actually buying a ticket at the cinema….


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