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What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 10 July 2015 (USA)
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Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. ... See full summary »
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Cast

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Margaret
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Agnes Chisolm
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Doreen
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Kenneth
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Jimmy Cazzarotto
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Sgt. Murdoch
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PC McLuhan
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Lucy
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Storyline

Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability... Find out how the rest of the family cope and see if the holiday will ever end. Written by Lionsgate

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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10 July 2015 (USA)  »

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Ce week-end là...  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,289,998 (United Kingdom), 28 September 2014, Limited Release
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Billy Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and early prostate cancer shortly before he was due to start work on this film but went ahead without mentioning his condition to anybody. See more »

Goofs

When the children put the truck's selector into 1, there is a sound effect of gears crunching. It is an automatic so no such noise would have been made. See more »

Quotes

Jess: Then the policemen comes.
Abi: That was just a misunderstanding, sweetheart.
Doug: Sometimes when grown-ups discuss things very loudly, people will get the wrong ideas
Mickey McLeod: He let me play with his taser.
Doug: Well, he didn't let ya
Mickey McLeod: He didn't say I couldn't.
Jess: Does electricity feel nice, daddy?
Doug: No, not nice.
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Connections

References Bambi (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

You In The Sky
Written by Mike Scott
Performed by The Waterboys
Courtesy of Warner Music Group
Written By Mike Scott
Published by Global Talent Publishing
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Such a lovely film
19 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

From the great cast and idea, as well as the trailer being as entertaining as it was, What We Did On Our Holiday did look really promising. And it didn't disappoint, one or two tonal shifts jar just a tad and the material for David Tennant and Rosamund Pike wasn't quite as strong as that for the children and Billy Connolly(though it wasn't at all bad either) but it's a lovely film overall that entertains and touches. What We Did On Our Holiday is well-shot, never doing too much or too little, complementing the gorgeous scenery adeptly, while the soundtrack is appropriately understated and the film's sympathetically directed, allowing the story to resonate, the script to sparkle, accommodating the actors and using the idea to its full potential. There is a perfect balance of humour and pathos in the script, the humour especially with the children is often laugh-out-loud funny and the dramatic pathos parts are genuinely poignant. The story always engages and apart from at the end slightly it never feels too predictable, there are a number of surprises and What We Did On Our Holiday has a lot to say about family life and deals with it sympathetically and warmly in a way that allows us to completely identify with the situation and the characters, who all have a great amount of likability. The performances are excellent with the interplay between the actors even stronger, the chemistry between Connolly and the children is just adorable. David Tennant and Rosamund Pike are fine though Connolly and the children make much more of an impact, mainly due to better material. Connolly is very funny and also very moving, not just the character's situation which is enough to break anybody's heart but also it felt like a personal performance with Connolly being as gifted at comedy as he is and his ailing health. The children steal the show, Harriet Turnball is just hilarious and Emilia Jones also plays her role with a lot of charm. All in all, a lovely film that promised a good deal and delivers even more. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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