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What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 10 July 2015 (USA)
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A family of five is off to Granddad's big 75th birthday party at an uncle's estate in rural Scotland. The parents are separated and hope their three kids won't mention it. The kids love, can talk with, and will do anything for, Granddad.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosamund Pike ... Abi
David Tennant ... Doug
Billy Connolly ... Gordie
Ben Miller ... Gavin
Amelia Bullmore ... Margaret
Emilia Jones ... Lottie
Bobby Smalldridge ... Mickey
Harriet Turnbull ... Jess
Celia Imrie ... Agnes Chisolm
Annette Crosbie ... Doreen
Lewis Davie Lewis Davie ... Kenneth
Ralph Riach ... Jimmy Cazzarotto
Ron Donachie ... Sgt. Murdoch
Ben Presley ... PC McLuhan
Michele Austin ... Lucy


Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) 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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Did You Know?


No fewer than three Police Inspectors made their appearance in this movie: 1. Amelia Bullmore, Margaret McLeod, is DCI Gill Murray at Scott & Bailey; 2. Ben Miller, Gavin McLeod, is DI Richard Poole in Death in paradise; and 3. David Tennant, Doug McLeod, is DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch. See more »


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 »


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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References The Lion King (1994) See more »


Fisherman's Blues
Written by Michael Scott and Steve Wickham
Performed by The Waterboys
Courtesy of Warner Music Group
Written by Mike Scott/Steve Wickham
Published by Dizzy Heights Music Publishing, Ltd/Blue Mountain Music Ltd
All rights on behalf of Dizzy Heights Music Publishing, Ltd
administered by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
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Of all films ever...
27 September 2014 | by helen-holdsworth-118-75529See all my reviews

Absolutely loved this film. I laughed, I smiled and I cried.

The script is quirky and wonderfully imaginative. In an hour and a half 'What we did on our Holiday' manages to dissect family life and reconstruct it to embrace every aspect of the complete gamut of the generations and their interactions. And it does so with both sympathy and hilarity.

Of all films ever, it's the one that has made me feel best about being human. Flawed is fine in each and every generation, but the beginnings and endings are infinitely easier than the muddle in the middle.

The acting throughout is exceptional but the child actors deserve a sky-fall of medals. Great stuff!

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Release Date:

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Box Office


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1.78 : 1
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