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

Hohum Score

7

Engaging

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 77 found boring (9.09%)

One-line Reviews (32)

In short, it is amusing (with some full-on funny moments - I'm thinking of the mention of a taser in particular), endearing and entertaining.

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?

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.

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.

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

The first half is funny thanks to the kids getting all the best lines but something happens half way through in the plot that turns this from an enjoyable romp to an outright shambles.

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.

Worth watching!

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.

Some stunning wide shots of the environment.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Overall it is a surprisingly stunning film, it will have you putting some deep thought into it, for sure.

Then so many unexpected things happen at the celebration day.

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

Very Entertaining Family Movie .

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.

Doug and his wife (Rosamund Pike) are separating, but want to act as if nothing happens because they fear the news could be harmful for Gordie.

A thoroughly entertaining film.

The screenplay is witty, subtle and snappy.

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

Worth watching just to appreciate the performers.

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

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

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

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

Unexpected funny and well made British movie .

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