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What We Did on Our Holiday also known as “Ein Schotte macht noch keinen Sommer, “Nuestro último verano en Escocia”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some thematic elements and language.
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Comedy Drama
Length:
1 hr. 35 min.
Year of Release:
2014
USA Release:
July 10, 2015
DVD: October 6, 2015
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Featuring: Rosamund PikeAbi
David TennantDoug
Billy Connolly … Gordie
Ben Miller … Gavin
Amelia Bullmore … Margaret
Emilia Jones … Lottie
Bobby Smalldridge … Mickey
Harriet Turnbull … Jess
Celia Imrie … Agnes Chisolm
Annette Crosbie … Doreen
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Director: Andy Hamilton
Guy Jenkin
Producer: BBC Films
Lipsync Productions
Origin Pictures
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.”

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Movie Critics

…the most enjoyable British movie of the year! …the characters grow on you in a seaside world of impossible beauty. … [4/5]
—Graham Young, Birmingham Mail [UK]

…ambitious and likable family fun… It’s impossible not to enjoy this big-hearted and sweet-natured British family movie…
—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)

…British family comedy starts strong but fizzles in the final stretch… A midpoint tragic twist complicates things in an unexpected but interesting way, but after that it’s all downhill with horribly forced farce and the fakest kind of closure. …
—Leslie Felperin, Variety

…a cute, gently arch comedy… Despite a second act lull, Connolly convinces in this cute and charming comedy. [3/5]
— Olly Richards, Empire [UK]

…supremely modest… Hamilton and Jenkin fall back on a lot of their stock devices, like having the children act wise beyond their years, and making all the adults bicker constantly, but there’s a good trickle of laughs running through this, and an observation of British familydom that’s just on the credible side of cringeworthy. …[3/5]
—Tim Robey, The Telegraph [UK]

…transfers sitcom formula to the big screen… a damp-eyed comedy whose banal title isn’t the only thing needing improvement. …
—Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

…Movie about death won’t slay you… [1/5]
—Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

…middling laffer…
—Charles Gant, Variety

…The underlying, redundant, and underwhelming theme of “What We Did on Our Holiday” is the pursuit of family unity at all costs. …[1½/4]
—Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine

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