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If you caught smash-hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a few years back then you’ll know that, while it didn’t do anything particularly ground-breaking, it was a sweet and often funny vehicle for British acting veterans Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. It’s not too surprising that it spawned a sequel and while the cynical among us might think it’s a bit of a ploy to bring in the cash, it’s also more than likely to be a warm and fuzzy second outing to everyone’s favourite Mumbai hotel.

The original cast are joined by Hollywood silver fox Richard Gere as the group are looking to expand the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and open a new branch. Young owner Sonny (Dev Patel, reprising his role from the first movie) fears that their dreams of expanding might take its toll, especially as he’s got wedding plans in the pipeline. Expect a happy ending of course, but if you’re looking to be cheered up a bit, then a second trip to the Marigold Hotel wouldn’t go amiss.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel starts screening at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, on Thursday 26th February.

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