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Family Movie Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 122 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 14+. Cursing and suggested sexual content, like an extramarital affair, people looking to the Kama Sutra for guidance, and a character’s closeted homosexuality. Not over-the-top or vulgar, though, for teens looking for a flick to check out with their grandparents or older relatives.

If only reinventing yourself in a foreign country could be as easy as famed English actors Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and others make it seem in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.’ A romantic comedy for the older set, this take on India-as-a-redemptive-place is somewhat patronizing but charming, too.

By Roxana Hadadi

You can’t really have a movie about British characters in India without touching on the impact of colonialism, can you? Isn’t that historical event completely inescapable? You would think, until you saw “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”—one of those Western films that mostly glosses over India’s difficult past while focusing on its privileged white characters.

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