Still, seasoned director John Madden (Oscar-winner Shakespeare in Love and 2011’s underrated thriller The Debt) knows how to blend the fluff with the depth rather seamlessly, in ways that compliment and balance each other rather than coming off as a tonal mismatch. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn’t profound enough to be remembered at Oscar time, but it’s sophisticated enough to serve as a heartwarming antidote to the onslaught of the Summer Box Office season.


  • Drugs/Alcohol Content: Characters drink alcohol in social settings, no drunkenness. A man smokes a cigar.
  • Language/Profanity: One F-word.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity: Verbal references to infidelity. Verbal reference to phone sex. A homosexual character; his sexuality is discussed and plays a central part to his storylline but is only expressed physically in the form of a hug. A copy of the Karma Sutra is seen being read on a couple of occasions. A young woman disrobes and climbs into bed with another person by accident, but nudity is not seen (only implied, for comic effect). A woman mentions her lover’s use of Viagra. Two characters—one man, one woman—are focused on pursuing casual sex. Kissing between a man and woman.
    Violence: None.