What We Did on Our Holiday

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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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Doug 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.

Cast

Celia Imrie
as Agnes Chisolm
Lewis Davie
as Kenneth
Ralph Riach
as Jimmy Cazzarotto
Ron Donachie
as Sgt. Murdoch
Ben Presley
as PC McLuhan
Maeve McCrorie
as Girl Violinist
Kirstin Murray
as Police Spokesperson
Imogen Toner
as Beth Williams
Alexia Barlier
as Françoise Dupré
Eben Young
as Brent Howard
Sadao Ueda
as Akira Kato
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Critic Reviews for What We Did on Our Holiday

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (14)

  • 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.

    Jul 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not what you'd call "major" cinema, but it's a breezy entertainment, particularly if you're a fan of one or more of the cast members.

    Jul 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A damp-eyed comedy whose banal title isn't the only thing needing improvement.

    Jul 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 9, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Engaging but slight.

    Jul 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jul 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What We Did on Our Holiday

  • Mar 21, 2018
    What could have had the potential to be a wonderfully EMBARRASSING, British chaos like "Death at a funeral" is a bit too cutesy with its children characters and apparently a tourism prospect for the Scottish highlands. Tennant and Pike remain a bit underchallenged, and the tone is hit and miss, trying to be dark and british and cute at the same time. Some gags still work pretty well and the ending is somewhat sweet, but there was a chance to achieve more than a TV movie here.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2017
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2015
    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.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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