The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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If you’re not here for the apparent “suggestive comments” this first trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has to offer, it’s time you check out and move on. Perhaps there’s a third best hotel you can rest your weary bones at. The next film in the improbable (and best and exotic) franchise is on its way, and it’s got a fresh trailer to show it off. This trailer is really more of a teaser, perhaps because, if you’re going to see the film, you don’t need a trailer to sell it to you. You already know you like it. You probably liked the first film (a charming surprise hit that really is just lovely) and are ready for more adventures with your favorite group of crotchety old English blokes and ladies. It certainly does’t offer much in the way of plot, and its role call gag is more indicative of its content.

We can tell you, however, that the title isn’t just a silly one, it’s also the name of a possible new hotel in Sonny’s (Dev Patel) expanding hotel empire. Before we watch the trailer, ponder this: how mad would you be if you could only afford to stay in the second best hotel in a chain?

If you’re confused about the plot of the film — probably because these things are loaded up with too many characters or perhaps you forgot to take your vitamins this morning — let ComingSoon enlighten us:

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tena Desae). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

So you’re saying it’s a sequel?

As is evidenced by both the trailer and that synopsis, the new film reunites the entire cast — including Penelope Wilton, who we sort of expected to not see around these parts again — and adds in some new guests. Richard Gere is on display here, but we can also expect to meet Tamsin Greig‘s Lavinia and David Straithairn in an undisclosed role (is he one of Madge’s suitors? we’d bet on it). Although the hotel is a success, that apparently doesn’t mean that anyone is really keeping track of its reservation system, because the meat of the film’s narrative will reportedly center on that “rooming predicament.” How can they possibly right it? (Love, the answer is always love.)

The first film was incredibly sweet and charming and, dare we say it, life-affirming, and this sequel looks to remain very much in that same spirit. Fine, you’ve got us, we’re in. Is there a discount on Expedia, though?

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will open on March 6, 2015.


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