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What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)

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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

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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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ce week-end là See more »

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

No fewer than 3 police inspectors make their appearance in this film: 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 David Tennant, Doug McLeod, is DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch. 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: 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

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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Such a lovely film
19 October 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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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