A Movie for Us: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

With the film industry finally waking up and taking notice that we want to see movies based on characters our own age, this film is at the top of those that are breaking through the ice for older audiences to enjoy. Another appealing fact is that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was made with what is considered an incredible low budget  (by Hollywood standards) of just $10 million and  eventually grossed $134 million worldwide at the box office. Compare this budget at what has been stated as the average cost to produce a national television commercial ($350,000).

Now on to what the film is about without giving too much away…

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of cash strapped British retirees who decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.


  • An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this “buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)
  • When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to “outsource” their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is a “true classic that reminds us that it’s never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age.” (Rex Reed, The New York Observer)

Rumor is the screenwriter of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Ol Parker, is working on a sequel to the film, so you know this film has to be good!

You can purchase a DVD of  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Amazon.com by clicking here

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