What We Did On Our Holiday (DVD)
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|Contributor||Billy Connolly, David Tennant, Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, Ben Miller, Rosamund Pike|
|Runtime||1 hour and 35 minutes|
David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly star in this family comedy written and directed by Andy Hamilton. 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 75th birthday, they give their children a list of things that are to be kept secret, including the fact that daddy lives in a different house to mummy. While their offspring set about telling Grandpa 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.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 85 Grams
- Director : Guy Jenkin, Andy Hamilton
- Media Format : DVD, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 35 minutes
- Release date : 17 June 2015
- Actors : Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Ben Miller
- Dubbed: : English
- Studio : UniversalSony
- ASIN : B01DJ63U4Y
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The joy of the movie lies in two things that people with kids will recognise immediately. One is that kids always tend to blurt out the most embarrassing truths just when you don't want them to. The other is that kids tend to take things quite literally. (I can remember one of my young cousins crying inconsolably one rainy night not long after our grandmother died. She'd been told Nan had gone "up there" and thought that her poor old granny was trapped on the roof getting soaking wet.) These two factors come into play in some very odd ways and give the centre part of this film an almost other-worldly kind of reality.
That's not going to be to everyone's taste, but I love it.
And, of course, there's Billy Connolly and David Tennant - both Scottish National Treasures.
It's certainly not a Hollywood Blockbuster, but I don't think they ever set out to make the film to that level.
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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.