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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

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

Gordy McLeod shows a photo of him on his 30th birthday in Northern Rhodesia. If his 75th birthday was in 2014 then his 30th birthday would have been in 1969, five years after Northern Rhodesia ceased to exist. It became the country of Zambia on 24 Oct 1964. See more »

Quotes

Jess: I like being sick. It's like being a fountain.
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Connections

References A Grand Day Out (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Downright adorable!
10 June 2015 | by scottshak_111See all my reviews

What makes this movie a hoot? Three adorable children who comprehend the world with their own little brains, see relationships with their own beady innocent eyes, and act on their reckless instincts and innocent unbloomed knowledge. What We Did on Our Holiday is a delightful perspective into the abyss of the broken that skims its aftermath gorgeously.

David Tennant looks the right kind of perplexed in the comedy trying to figure out his children and marriage whilst Rosamund Pike complements him beautifully with her engaged acting. Ben Miller as Gavin is brilliant as well. Billy Connolly ices the funny storyline with his pizazz and brilliant comic timing.

The screenplay is witty, subtle and snappy. The good thing about its humour is that the entire film, unlike other comedies, is not build on a slapstick foundation. The theme of the movie sometimes goes really thoughtful from sheer comedy which further furbishes the rhythm. The plot will make you giggle per se without any extra addition to the story.

If you look at the downsides, sometimes you do hope the drama to be a little bit more grave. It lacks profundity, but considering it a Comedy, this fact can be overlooked.

A brilliant comedy that is compelled to traverse the 'outstanding category' by the mere cuteness rush of Harriet Turnbull and Bobby Smalldridge. This Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin project is a definite go go!


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK

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English | Chinese | French

Release Date:

10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP3,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,714,112
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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