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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Bri­tish com­edy drama The Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel (Satur­day, 7.30pm, Ten) was the sur­prise hit of 2012, the great ensem­ble cast in­clud­ing Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Pa­tel and Mag­gie Smith. Bri­tish retirees travel to In­dia to take up res­i­dence in what they be­lieve is a newly re­stored ho­tel, an­tic­i­pat­ing some­where they can spend their golden years. Less lux­u­ri­ous than its ad­ver­tise­ments, the Marigold nev­er­the­less slowly be­gins to charm. Tropic Thun­der (Tues­day, 8.30pm, Eleven) was also a hit, both a scabrous satire on the movie in­dus­try and a le­git­i­mate ac­tion flick. Star­ring Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr, and di­rected by Stiller, the movie sees a group of self-ab­sorbed ac­tors set out to make a fic­tional Viet­nam War film. In the jun­gle, they stum­ble across a gang of pop­py­grow­ing lo­cal drug lords the ac­tors be­lieve are part of the script. Patch Adams (Fri­day, 8.30pm, Eleven), the 1998 semi-bi­o­graph­i­cal com­edy drama star­ring Robin Wil­liams, Mon­ica Pot­ter and Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, was an­other suc­cess. Di­rected by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of Dr Hunter “Patch” Adams and his book Ge­sund­heit: Good Health is a Laugh­ing Mat­ter, co-au­thored with Mau­reen My­lan­der.

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