Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug's father Gordie's (Billy Connolly) birthday party. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability...Wikipedia
What We Did on Our Holiday Reviews
...somewhere along the way, the all-too-familiar story among all-too-familiar characters loses sight of what children can do and what they probably won’t. That’s a damage the film never recovers from, as its grasp of children is the best thing going for Hamilton and Jenkin.
It's paced pretty nicely too, helped along with an at times tart and mostly witty script, with the director duo having writing credits too. Pike is nothing short of charming, as is indeed, the entire film.
To use a cliché, not everybody's cuppa. That being said, you just have to get past the strong local flavors.
The film is exceedingly well cast, as David Tennant and Rosamund Pike spit fire at each other. It's a bit unfortunate that Rosamund Pike is once again playing the wife in an uneven marriage, hopefully she won't be typecast in the future. Connolly is his usual likable self, lobbing little one liners becomes a cakewalk for him. The climax is as predictable as it is sappy, but when the material is so much fun, it hardly matters.
Between the three little monsters and the two family comedians, there is much fun to be had at grandpa’s birthday.One thing is guaranteed after watching What We Did On Our Holiday: you may not be keen on brats, but you will be sold on the idea of a holiday in Scotland.
Ironically, at the end of this film, one of the characters perfectly summarises, "We are all ridiculous and nothing matters".So, just watch this film for its entertaining quotient.
What We Did on Our Holiday is a film that promised a good deal and delivered even more. It is briskly paced, well shot and complements the gorgeous scenery adeptly. This is a hilarious film with a lot of heart, but will also have you shedding a tear or two as the story progresses.