Genre Grandeur April Finale – What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) – Often Off Topic

For this month’s final review for Genre Grandeur – British Comedies, here’s a review of What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) by Allie of Often Off Topic.

In case you missed any of the other reviews, here’s a recap:

  1. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – Vinnie
  2. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – Rob
  3. The Ladykillers (1955) – Michael
  4. Man Up (2015) – Damien
  5. The World’s End (2013) – Darren
  6. Without a Clue (1988) – Quiggy
  7. Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) – Keith
  8. What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) – Allie

In addition, I watched and reviewed 4 movies for my companion series Genre Guesstimation.  Unfortunately, only one of them will now be considered among my favorites of the genre.

  1. *The Mouse That Roared (1959)
  2. The Mouse on the Moon (1963)
  3. The Meaning of Life (1983)
  4. The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

Thanks again to Allie of Often Off Topic for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by J-Dub of Dubsism and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies featuring Royalty

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice J-Dub!

Let’s see what Allie thought of this movie:


Director: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 95 Minutes

Main Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Ben Miller, Amelia Bullmore, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull


Plot: 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.


My Thoughts: This film tells the story of a real family holiday, without the Hollywood treatment. Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) are taking their 3 children with them to Scotland to see their Grandad Gordie (Billy Connolly) for his Birthday, which they suspect may well be his last due his illness with cancer. As they pack their car and prepare for the drive from London, they explain the need for the children to keep their secret safe from the rest of the family.


Never before has a film won me over so quickly. I’ve been enjoying BBC films more and more with every one I see, but I can relate to these children so much it’s crazy. Let’s start with the youngest, Jess. She can be found trying to pack her pet rocks into her family bag, and gets flustered when her Dad won’t let her take them on the journey. I used to obsessively collect anything when I was younger, from stones to erasers, and still do now, although it’s Funko Pop figures now! Mickey has a wildly vivid imagination, and watches for too many programmes about vikings. He knows all about them, even how they deal with their fallen, and even believes that Odin watches over him.

I might not have loved vikings as much as Mickey, but I had a wild imagination just as he did, and would often be found on the playground at school inventing all sorts of new games for my friends and I to play. Finally, Lottie keeps a notebook with her at all times. She writes down everything from lists to the things that upset her, especially when it comes to her parents arguing. I’ve been there, too.


It’s no wonder then, that I got so engrossed in this. It’s hilarious, and I don’t know how much was scripted with the children but some of their lines had me crying with laughter. It was also wonderful to see Rosamund Pike again, who I fell in love with in Gone Girl, and she’s slightly less crazy in this!


Fun Trivia: Billy Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and early prostate cancer shortly before he was due to start work on this film but went ahead without mentioning his condition to anybody.


My Rating: 4 and a half pet rocks out of 5…I can name them if you like…



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