'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' review: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith anchor thoughtful sequel

March 6, 2015 10:08 AM

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One dare not give Muriel Donnelly tepid water for her tea. This elderly British woman with permanently lemon-puckered lips is quite demanding and particular about her hot beverages, probably because she's elderly and British, and also for the logical reason that a tea bag needs boiling water so, by the time it soaks for the right amount of time, it's the perfect temperature.

Played by Maggie Smith, Muriel is one of the key character staples of "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Its predecessor, 2012's "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," a dramedy about retirement-age Brits moving into a run-down hotel in India, was a lukewarm collection of clichés: culture-shock bit...

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