'Marigold' a fun, if fitfully amusing, diversion

March 6, 2015 12:52 AM

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The notorious larcenist known as Maggie Smith continues her diabolical spree of serial scene-stealing in "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," a strident, over-plotty sequel to the 2012 surprise hit about a group of aging British ex-pats who move into a charming Jaipur inn to reinvent their golden years.

The "Second Best" installment finds Smith's character, Mrs. Donnelly, racing down Route 66 in a snazzy Mustang with her Marigold co-manager Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), on a quest to find corporate underwriting for their next adventure in elder-hostelry. Asked how she liked America upon her return to I...

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