What We Did on Our Holiday

What We Did on Our Holiday

(2014)

British comedy heart-warmer from the creators of BBC series Outnumbered. Doug (David Tennant, Doctor Who), Abi (Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl) and their three rug rats head to the Scottish Highlands for granddad's (Billy Connolly) birthday, whilst trying to keep their impending divorce a secret.

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Successful BBC TV sitcom writing/directing duo Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin make the move from the small to big screen, with a comedy about a bickering, divorcing couple, (Rosamund Pike and David Tennant), taking their kids from London to Scotland, to visit their ailing grandfather, Gordie (Billy Connolly), for his 75th birthday.... More

Tennant, Pike, and the familiar-to-UK-TV-viewers supporting cast (Ben Miller, Celia Imrie, Annette Crosbie), are as good as their undeveloped, two-dimensional, characters allow, but at its heart this is the kids’ and Connolly’s tale. In a moving case of art imitating life, the Big Yin plays a man who’s never quite grown up, coming to terms with terminal cancer. His scenes with his three grandkids hit just the right notes of humour, warmth, and pathos, exemplified when he describes World War II as: “Just like Monopoly – except with more screaming”.

Despite the serious subjects of death, divorce and family dysfunction, this remains a feel-good family movie, complete with puke gags, pet rocks and the odd ostrich thrown in. Regrettably, it never quite escapes the confines of its creators’ small screen sitcom roots, and suffers from a third act that can’t quite shrug off cliché. It may be aiming to be a Brit version of Little Miss Sunshine, but the characters aren’t permitted enough depth beneath the barrage of fun gags and earnest sentimentality. Then again, maybe critics like me should lighten up and heed Gordie’s advice to “live more and think less”?Hide


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BY gmkilp nobody

I really thought that the BBC series 'outnumbered' was funny and this is the same type of movie.
Sure some scenes are predictable, but so what.
This movie has some very funny scenes in it, that you could see your children doing the same slightly silly things in the same situation.


BY ememmama superstar

I really liked this film, some funny moments and some sad and unexpected moment! I am a sucker for Rosamund Pike and David Tennant so perhaps I am being a little biased. Pretty predictable, but at the same time entertaining.


A great little tale. Innocence personified by children. Wow, it was a surprising tale, would children actually do what they did? Having said that, it was very respectful.
Great themes throughout the movie. Reflective of life in general and families.


BY Doremi wannabe

Is there a better actres around at the moment? I simply can't think of one. Wonderful to see her doing such a broad comedic genre like this. Worth watching simply for her performance where the plot might let you down.


BY Gaspardation superstar

The ending is a little pretentious. Aside from that the film is witty and interesting. The three
musketeers are so adorable!


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