Warm, fuzzy, colorful and comfortable, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is much like your favorite pashmina–the one that makes you feel happy every time you wear it. On this return visit, all your favorite characters are still staying at the original inn, and it’s so successful that the loquacious Sonny, played by Dev Patel, is attempting to attract investors for a second branch.
Oddly enough, Richard Gere makes a guest appearance, which adds some interest, even if it doesn’t make a lot of sense. He hardly fits in with the rest of the residents, and he forms a romantic attachment to the most unlikely of characters– it’s difficult to find the chemistry or motivation. At least he’s fun to watch. Tamsin Grieg from Showtime’s Episodes also checks in, but her stay is minimal.