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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 5 is off to granddad's big 75th birthday party at uncle's estate in rural Scotland. The parents fight and are separated and hope their 3 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 Ralph Riach ... Jimmy Cazzarotto
Ron Donachie ... Sgt. Murdoch
Ben Presley ... PC McLuhan
Michele Austin ... Lucy
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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. 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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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Official site [Japan]

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UK

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English

Release Date:

10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Ce week-end là See more »

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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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Trivia

A reworking of the 1988 film Rocket Gibraltar, which starred Burt Lancaster and a very young Macaulay Culkin. With Kevin Spacey and Bill Pullman. See more »

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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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References Bambi (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

The Vikings Suite - Funeral/Finale
Performed by The The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Bateman, Crouch End Festival Chorus, David Temple (Choir Conductor)
Courtesy of Silva Screen Records Ltd
Composed by Mario Nascimbene
Published by Primary Wave Tunes/EMI Music Publishing
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Life really is too short you know...
3 May 2016 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

What We Did on Our Holiday is written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin. It stars Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Ben Miller, Amelia Bullmore, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull and Celia Imrie. Music is by Alex Heffes and cinematography by Martin Hawkins.

"The truth is, every human being on this planet is ridiculous in their own way. So we shouldn't judge, we shouldn't fight, because in the end... in the end, none of it matters. None of the stuff"

Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin spin off from their hugely popular sit-com, Outnumbered, to produce this funny, philosophical and moving picture. Tennant and Pike play parents of three young children, they are pending a divorce, but with Doug's (Tennant) father, Gordie (Connolly), dying of cancer, the family head to Scotland for what will surely be his last birthday party. Hoping to put on a united front so as to not upset Gordie any further, nobody could envisage what was to happen next...

It's a film that some no doubt find easy to kick, such is the uncomplicated structure used, and the formula of messaging that drives it forward. Yet sometimes uncomplicated is all you need, and in this day and age of mega-buck blockbusters and soulless frat type comedies grasping at sex for laughs, this is a film of refreshing qualities. It's superbly performed by what is a top notch group of adult British actors, who in turn are supplemented by three child actors so natural and engaging it makes you wonder if acting school is really needed?

It's obviously a piece that will resonate more with those who have been touched/stung by the thematics at work, while the comedy ticking away - with some truly great lines uttered - could seem a bit off kilter for the unprepared, but hopefully more will watch it, laugh and cry and ultimately realise that life really is too short for, well, you get the picture I'm sure. 8/10


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