The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a star studded feature film directed by John Madden whose previous work includes Shakespeare in Love, The Debt, and the first installment of this very franchise. The movie stars Judie Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, David Strathairn, and Richard Gere.
After the success of his first business venture, Sonny (Patel) seeks to expand to a second location although he will need help financing from a major corporation who has hinted that they may be sending an undercover employee to check out his original property. Meanwhile, Evelyn (Dench) and Douglas (Nighy) struggle with where they want their relationship to go and Muriel (Smith) begins to come to terms with her mortality. All of this as Sonny and his fiance Sunaina prepare for their upcoming wedding which may end up being the highlight of this grand adventure...as long as everyone can keep themselves from falling apart.
With a great cast and a genuinely fun story, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a movie that you should definitely take the time to watch. Maybe some day we will get to see a few more of Sonny's hotels go up before it's all said and done.