What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)
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Movie InfoDoug and Abi are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering. They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. And with the repercussions that ensue - hilarious and emotional in equal measure - the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear. … More
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Critic Reviews for What We Did on Our Holiday
Connolly's on top form too, and the chemistry between Tennant and Pike convinces.
There are plenty of close-to-the-bone belly laughs as the estranged McLeods hit the road for Scotland, after which an unexpectedly morbid twist takes us into altogether darker territory ...
Although its story easily could have spun right off the rails, this British comedy uses earthy honesty to win the audience over.
A shambolic farcical twist is engineered that makes no practical, emotional or even comic sense.
Engaging family comedy What We Did on Our Holiday sees the creators of Outnumbered repeating the BBC sitcom's winning mix of beleaguered parents, cute scene-stealing kids and spot-on observational humour with audience-pleasing results.
You deserve some sort of honour if, as a creator of comedy, you devise a technique so solid that it can translate from TV to film without losing any of its personality
The film is funny, if predictable, about such subjects as motorway traffic jams, sibling rivalry and family feuding.
There's a lovely loose feel to What We Did on Our Holiday, partly down to the fact that while the adult characters have tightly scripted dialogue the child actors were allowed a good deal of leeway.
The tonal shifts can be a touch jarring, but there is a thin line between comedy and tragedy that is all the more poignant seen through innocent eyes.
Is there any more tired device for illustrating growing attraction than a montage sequence where the characters make funny faces for photographs?
It's as wry and naturalistic as you'd expect, while warm, emotional work from the adult leads gives the film a crucial lack of bias towards Doug and Abi's relationship.
This garbled and nonsensical Brit farce has apparently been inspired by Kids Say The Funniest Things.
Despite a second act lull, Connolly convinces in this cute and charming comedy.
It's thought-provoking and unexpected, if not something to write home about in a hurry.
We all have our off days, and our supremely off days, and now I, too, have learned An Important Life Lesson: you can have disastrously off days too.
This is a strange and unexpected comedy that turns its clichéd premise on its head and emerges with something worthwhile.
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