Director: John Madden Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Tena Desae Running time: 124 mins
Subject: Good-hearted if dilute dramedy about a selection of senior citizens thrown together after they are outsourced to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a retirement community in Mumbai. There are bumps in the road (literally) but, with the help of ever charmingly flustered Dev Patel, playing hotel manager, Sonny, each is forced to a poignant conclusion.
Like: A gap year, British acting royalty style.
Core truth: “Everything will be alright in the end so if it not alright it is not the end.”