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What We Did On Our Holiday

1 h 35 min2015X-RayR
Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike stars with David Tennant and Billy Connolly in this heart-warming story about one family's hilarious journey through an unforgettable vacation.
Andy HamiltonGuy Jenkin
Rosamund PIkeDavid TennantBilly Connolly
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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Roxanna the XIIReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not what I expected, it was Fabulous
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This is a must see. I initially picked it because of David Tennant being in it and didn't expect it to be all that great of a movie overall. Of course the kids stole the movie and their interaction with Grand dad was exceptional, the feeling it leaves one with is fabulous. Highly recommended for the story, the acting and the scenery as well.
34 people found this helpful
David SeamanReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Remarkable and beautiful; A Must
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The title and art work suggest a low ball frat house film and instead we find a classy, moving, coming of age film that covers life transitions for virtually all ages.
Billy Connolly's performance is nothing short of brilliant and his character acts as a centering beauty for all the challenges that seem to make life difficult.
Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin get most of the credit. Together they wrote and directed this masterpiece.
Doug McLeod (David Tennant) and his wife Abi (Rosamund Pike) unite following a tense separation to travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug's father Gordie's (Billy Connolly) birthday. Gordie has terminal cancer so Doug's brother, millionaire Gavin McLeod (Ben Miller) has arranged a lavish party for him, inviting all the important people in the neighbourhood. Despite difficulties getting their three children, Lottie (Emilia Jones), Mickey (Bobby Smalldridge), and Jess (Harriet Turnbull), to leave the house, they hit the road, but find it congested and they are forced to stop overnight. Lottie expresses her troubles with trusting her parents following their recent separation and lies to each other; it is revealed that Doug had an affair, which led to Abi moving out and taking legal proceedings against him. They are only travelling to the Highlands together to appear as a couple for Gordie, not wanting to upset him in his final months. There is vast tension between the "adults" while Gordie, solidly at peace with himself helps the children to grow in ways that no one would expect yet no one could condemn.
Filmed in Scotland, with art direction that parallels "Out Of Africa" this film is a must. It's funny, moving, familiar and deserves your eye.
64 people found this helpful
Billie RandleReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heartfelt and Hilarious!
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I originally watched the movie because you can never have too much David Tennant, and I suppose I was expecting some cheesy road-trip comedy like RV. Instead, I got a hilarious look at every stage of life, from childhood to death. I literally laughed and cried and laughed again. The acting is amazing, and the characters are so very dear. Please, if you're thinking of watching this movie, do it.
24 people found this helpful
Last-Minute MarkReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nice language around children.
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In under five minutes in, first the husband, and then the wife, Blasphemes the Lords's Name, and when their little daughter says she shouldn't take the Lords name in vain, mom replies, "it's ok, when your asking him for help"
No, it's never ok. And for a "family" movie?
Seriously, why do movie makers/writers have to include blasphemy? What does it add? Nothing. Except it show you just how untalented people are.
And another thing, why is it always and only God, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, The Bible that people blaspheme and ridicule?
You will answer because "it's just a myth", right? What about Islam? Yeah. Thought so.
Christians don't go around decapitating people for it. And that should show you something about Who Christ is, what he taught us, and The Truth that is in Christ.
13 people found this helpful
VrestonReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
An unexpected gem just when I needed it most
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So much to say, but I will simply add to others' 5 star reviews that out of babes' with Billy Connely's help I found solace at a difficult time and will return time and again to bring profound levity to realities of life. The kids steal this film, but the rest of the cast is very good. So happy to have found it. Even happened to be sipping a single malt when paid for the rental , upgrading to a purchase half way through. Watch it, you will not regret it.
21 people found this helpful
Dan T. JohnsonReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't waste your time with this movie
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There were two of us viewing this movie, and we waited and waited for it to take off and get going...unfortunately, it never did. After 20-30 min, we decided to cut our losses and move on. It is not funny; the trailer is deceiving, and we have no patience for stupid parents who think that spoiling brats is funny, even in the movies. It's not...Ever. We only gave it a 1-star rating because we can't do zero!
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MoneyManReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Kids Say (And Do, and Think) the Darndest Things
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After watching this film, and remembering when I'm around young children, it reminds me: watch what you say, do and how you behave when around them, because they are sensory sponges. They soak in every word, watch every behavior, touch every thing that may interest you. And they will throw that information back at you, usually at the worst possible moment. This is a story of a typical family going on vacation (what Brits and Europeans call "Holiday") to see their ever fun, wise and wise cracking (but dying) grandfather on his upcoming birthday, played with calm brilliance by the iconic Billy Connolly. Throughout the film you witness the typical ridiculousness of the standard adults as their petty arguments and mistakes are observed and commented on by their very young but very observant, insightful and intelligent children, ranging from what looks like from age three to age nine or ten. Throughout the movie I'm just waiting for what discourse or response the kids will give based on their limited knowledge of life, and each time it makes the adults look foolish and immature by comparison. Even when the children do an incredibly shocking yet extremely touching act, it brings the adults to take a long, hard look at their behavior. The end of the film was a bit of Hollywood cliche cop-out, but it's listening to the kids and their observations and frank, apt commentary that works for me, especially the youngest daughter. They're all fine actors that support a wonderful cast of British and Scottish actors, all of whom we've seen in various popular BBC shows or feature films. It's a tad racy so despite the young kids as prominent stars, the subject matters discussed (family conflict, divorce, infidelity, criminal activity, and especially death) is definitely PG-13 (but not a "soft" R-rating, IMHO). But if you feel you have a nice honest relationship with your children to feel comfortable enough to discuss touchy subject matter, and they're old enough and have a basic understanding of these themes (or at least have asked questions about them), then this may be a nice film to watch with them. I liked it a lot.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet, funny, unexpected, terrific!
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One of the best movies we've seen! sweet, funny, unexpected, the kids were hilarious. The grandad was AWESOME. I'm fascinated by the one star reviews. We were like, WOW! We immediately wanted to rate it five stars so more people would want to see it. Then I saw it only got four stars, overall, and I thought that was odd, and THEN I got into reading the one star reviews. There are people that were bored and couldn't finish the movie! And we loved it! That is SO COOL! especially with a movie do simply "good", how can that even happen, but it did! It has! There was no part of the movie that didn't make me wish it went on longer. the cinematography of Scotland was stunning. We just liked every part of this movie.
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