Second 'Hotel' visit isn't nearly as 'Exotic'

March 5, 2015 1:30 AM

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The clash of cultures has been rubbed off the marigolds in "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Most of the characters are back — those who didn't die off — in this sequel comedy about British retirees lured to India where their money goes further and the elderly are, as a general rule, revered rather than cast aside. But they've all turned so … nice.

Maggie Smith's once racist retired maid has become the sweet mouthpiece for Exotic Marigold Hotel operator Sonny (Dev Patel) as they pitch their idea of outsourced old folks' homes to an American conglomerate (David Strathhairn is the CEO).

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