What We Did on Our Holiday (2015)
Critic Consensus: Witty and well-cast, What We Did on Our Holiday injects unlikely laughs into a story dealing with dark, difficult themes.
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Critic Reviews for What We Did on Our Holiday
Do we want to spend 95 minutes of our summer holiday watching a film about a young, squabbling, dysfunctional British family on a sham trip? Yes, we do.
A damp-eyed comedy whose banal title isn't the only thing needing improvement.
Underfoot is a cast of young kids given too many cutesy moments and one-liners. In the middle of it all are actors like Rosamund Pike and David Tennant.
There are a few amusing moments and flashes of charm but this Holiday is an uneven trip, with underwritten adult characters and a strange third act involving a poke at misguided social services.
What We Did On Our Holiday sets up a sturdy comic scenario and then proceeds to head in another direction altogether-one that's nearly impossible to anticipate, making the film much more of a goofy delight than would have seemed likely at the outset.
Audience Reviews for What We Did on Our Holiday
It was okay. The tone is very similar to the Outnumbered series even down to the three kids, but it isn't as good once they get to Scotland and the grandfather storyline. Meh. I'll acknowledge I am not the target audience.
It's nice and plods along with some small smiles, but it wasn't really one for me.
With adorable innocence, the children freely charm their way through the antagonistisms of the adults.
Come for David Tennant and Rosamund Pike, stay for the kids. Don't get me wrong, Tennant and Pike are lovely in this movie, but the three actors playing their kids (Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, and Harriet Turnbull) steal the show. Smalldridge and Turnbull are right in that kids say the damndest things stage, to absolutely hilarious results. Jones shows an acting maturity far beyond her age, playing the oldest, and most insecure, of the kids. And having Billy Connolly around as the grandpa is never a bad idea. Honestly, I think this may be one of my favorite "dysfunctional family" movies I've seen in quite some time. I would be laughing out loud one scene, crying (like gross tears streaming down my face crying) in the next scene, and then laughing again. Also, having the Scottish countryside as the setting led to some really pretty shots. Overall, this is a really honest portrayal of growing up and growing old and I would have absolutely no problem watching it again.
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