110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content
posted Jun 15, 2012 - 10:44:43am
It’s one thing to run away from home when you’re a teenager, but it’s another to try to leave your life behind completely as a senior citizen. However, as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel teaches us, the problems we face don’t get easier with age. Our overbearing parents are replaced by our overbearing children and the urge to do something exciting and different with our lives never stops growing.
Best Exotic follows a group of elderly English strangers who are tired of being patronized by their children and doctors. So when they each stumble upon an ad for a luxurious retirement home in India, they jump at the chance to escape. After a delayed flight, crowded bus ride and their first tuk-tuk experience, they arrive at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Home for the Elderly and Beautiful. But the hotel isn’t as pretty as it was in the pictures; it’s actually dusty and falling apart. The optimistic manager, Sonny (Dev Patel), who dreams of revamping the hotel in his father’s honor, convinces them to stay anyway. With nothing left to lose, they agree and begin to adapt to a culture completely different from their own.
The most refreshing thing about this film is that it's funny without relying too much on overly used stereotypes about old people. Sure, some of these characters have trouble operating computers and can be a bit racist, but they are more developed than that. These are seven distinct people who still have dreams and desires despite their ages. Each character has a goal in the film that he or she pushes to accomplish. And if you think this over-60 crowd is above flirting, cheating, and Kama Sutra, you’re wrong. In fact, that’s what some of these characters are all about.
Popcorn represents how fun a film is to watch—how funny it is, how exciting the special effects are, and how enjoyable the story is on repeated viewings. The perfect popcorn movie would be one that never got stale regardless of how many times you’ve seen it.
Stars and Popcorn grade: 5 stars, 3 1/2 popcorn.
— Theresa is an undergrad at the University of Florida majoring in English with a focus in Film and Media Studies. Originally from Miami, she left her home town to study the art form she cherishes most. When Theresa isn’t out searching for a good movie to watch, she is either writing, studying or knitting.
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