What We Did On Our Holiday [DVD]
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|Contributor||What We Did on Our Holiday (2014), Emilia Jones, Annette Crosbie, David Tennant, Ron Donachie, Andy Hamilton, Ben Presley, Ben Miller, Billy Connolly, Celia Imrie, Amelia Bullmore, Guy Jenkin, Rosamund Pike See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 35 minutes|
Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Billy Connolly star in this family comedy written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin (Creators of Outnumbered). As Doug (Tennant), his wife Abi (Pike) and their three children prepare to travel up to the Scottish Highlands for Doug's father Gordie (Connolly)'s birthday, they fail to give their children a list of things that are to be kept secret. While their offspring set about telling Grandpa and Grandma (Annette Crosbie) the ins and outs of their lives down in London, including intimate details of arguments their parents have had, Doug and Abi try to put aside their differences and have an enjoyable weekend.
Also contains a commentary with the writers and directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.59 x 7.48 inches; 0.35 Ounces
- Item model number : TBC
- Director : Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 35 minutes
- Release date : January 26, 2015
- Actors : David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Celia Imrie, Rosamund Pike, Ben Miller
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Lions Gate Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00NWLN6PU
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #60,347 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #8,024 in Comedy (Movies & TV)
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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.
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.
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The story of the dysfunctional family of Doug and Abi (Tennant and Pike) - in the middle of a messy divorce - and their three young children, heading from London to Scotland for a family reunion and playing happy families for the benefit of dying grandfather Gordie (Connolly) and the relations, is told with much humour. The characters are relatable and even Doug's pompous brother Gavin is not entirely unlikable thanks to a highly enjoyable performance by Ben Miller. You can't but love Connolly as the wise and loving grandfather who knows what's going on, but mostly goes along with the plans of the adults while spending quality time with his grandchildren whenever he can. It is beautiful to see a loving grandparent treating young grandchildren with so much honesty and dignity, while still having fun with them and ensuring they will have unique and lasting memories of him and their time with him.
I really enjoyed the film, the laughs came thick and fast thanks to an excellent script and excellent performances from the entire cast, including the various child actors/actresses. Much of the humour comes from everyday situations being allowed to develop into outrageous events. The ending is nicely handled, thankfully without becoming either preachy or overly syrupy. Highly recommended.
The DVD is good. There are English subtitles for those who may need them, also an audio description and the following extra features:
~~~ Interviews (with directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, and stars Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly)
~~~Commentary with directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin
This is a wonderful movie with a fantastic story and Billy Connolly plays a great part in this. I don't want to say too much as I don't want to spoil it but this movie will make you smile, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It made me cry and and a grown man!
Great film - great cast. Thoroughly recommended.
It might be me but very few films now make me laugh out loud as this offering did. Billy Connolly plays an aging grandad poignantly balancing humour and pathos whose relationship with his grandkids are at the warm heart of this film.
Despite grave events the film cleverly closes with an upbeat ending that says a lot about life, love and loss. A rare saccharine free film all the family can watch without feeling nauseous.
PS apologies to readers seeking a review of the debut Fairport Convention album!
While the adults bicker and pursue their petty ends the children simply understand what Granddad desires and so gives him the send off he wants.
None of the modern funeral expense with todays 'grownup adult children attempt to make up for their neglect of the grandparents by sloshing the money stupidly on an expensive event.
Parents ask your kids what is the appropriate way to say goodbye to grandpop and grandma.
Laughter, irritation, wisdom, and "going mental", as Grandad (Bily Connolly) encourages his grandson to "let go" a bit.
Billy Connolly and his performance with his three young grandchildren brilliant by all of them.
Tears trickling gently down my face, especially knowing he has Parkinson's disease himself.
The two writers directors of this film have gifted a thought provoking master piece.
Scenes from typical family life that many will identify with, and the kids' uncomplicated perceptions, so real, especially catching on camera the youngest picking her nose and eating it!!
No acting there?!
Educational, could be used as a discussion piece in schools, many real life and death issues depicted and touched on.
Music, too. Brilliant.