What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) - Comedy, Drama

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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.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Andy Hamilton
Stars: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant
Length: 95 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 7 out of 64 found boring (10.93%)

One-line Reviews (26)

Very Entertaining Family Movie .

The setting, in Wester Ross on Scotland's west coast, is quite stunning showing part of the country all too few people get to see.

To say that this movie dosen't have a good story is an understatement, because there's isn't even a proper story, I can't properly describe to you what actually happens, other than it starts off seeming like a light hearted family comedy, and then takes a dark, unexpected turn that is without a doubt the most disturbing scene I've ever seen in a movie with a 12 rating.

Worth watching just to appreciate the performers.

Add to that three very talented and entertaining young actors and you have a film that is a giggle from start to finish.

It relies on scenes of Scotland (although very attractive too), a plot that is so old and worn out that it has patches, and a completely formulaic design that is really only worthy of children's TV.

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.

In a similar way to Outnumbered the children appear to be largely unscripted which results in both some cringe worthy and some highly entertaining moments.

One way of looking at this is a group of talented actors agreeing - for reasons best known to themselves - to squander their collective talents and several weeks of their time on a bland quota quickie cynically designed to appear in turn, cute, charming, picturesque then segueing to thought-provoking in mid stream.

Then so many unexpected things happen at the celebration day.

Some stunning wide shots of the environment.

Inspired comedic writing and entertaining delivery of a very nice story in Scotland.

The adults in the family are a bit too predictable, although 'Margaret' has her moment which is quite funny!

Set in Scotland it looks superb (I'm a sucker for the Scottish landscape), The child actors are simply stunning (their scenes with their Grandfather are beautiful) the script (apparently improvised at times sparkles with fun and creativity.

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?

Slow pace, unfunny and overly sentimental, I would certainly give What We Did on Our Holiday a miss if I were you.

I know that it shouldn't be taken so seriously but the sketchy script became tedious after a while.

He plays a believable and predictable part, one you can expect of him in real life.

During their stay many skeletons get uncovered and truths get dragged to the surface.

If this film is for an adult audience it is lazy, boring, drivel beyond compare.

This film had the potential to be a wonderful family comedy, but like the waters of the Highlands, it felt like being left on a boat without any oars, bored with too much time to think.

The screenplay is witty, subtle and snappy.

The ones worth the watch are the three children and Billy Connolly, who hold a fine level of satire and seriousness.

Other than that What We Did on Our Holiday is hugely enjoyable, even if the subject matter is not.

Worth watching!

David (Dr Who) Tennant and his wife Rosamund Pike are always worth watching and a safe pair of hands for the excellent, slightly surreal and wacky script by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin.