In the past couple of months, the young have enjoyed Dr Seuss' The Lorax; teens have piled into The Hunger Games; now it's the turn of the rest of us - the chronologically challenged but still young at heart - to elbow our way into a seat to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which opens in USA movie theaters on May 4.

Based on: Deborah Moggach's 2004 novel, These Foolish Things, which has recently been retitled and republished as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the movie has already taken other countries by storm, including the UK where my friends and family report sell-out performances, even at the usually quiet mid-afternoon showings.

If you've missed the build up for this movie, in essence it's a feel good "rom-com" in which a group of retired Brits decide to outsource their retirement to Bangalore in India, where a little money goes a long way, where the climate is better, and where a former British hotel converted into a run-down retirement home can create a little island of Old England in the midst of a throbbing Indian city.

My friends tell me not to expect great depth or complex plot, but instead to sink into a warm and welcoming two hours with some of our best loved actors including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy.

Think Love Actually with more wrinkles. I can't wait!

Davina - BookBrowse Editor

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