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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A gruff old man tries to help his grandchildren understand that everyone is flawed in their own ways, and life is easier if you can accept people for who they are instead of trying to change them into something else. Characters discuss divorce (main characters are in the middle of divorcing) and illness and must deal with loss.
Positive Role Models
Most of the adults are absorbed with their own issues and conflicts, so it's up to the children to act sensibly in a crisis.
Violence & Scariness
A key character dies suddenly, though not in any way graphically. Several arguments. During one disagreement, a character threatens to yell "rape," but it's said in anger rather than a situation of actual physical danger.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens kiss passionately; squabbling adults kiss briefly, with little warmth or passion. An older woman explains sexual identity to children.
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Infrequent use of "prick," "wanker," and "s--t," plus one "f--k" said without sound. Several characters use variations of "Jesus Christ" and "oh God" as exclamations in stressful moments.
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Products & Purchases
One of the characters uses a Mac computer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What We Did on Our Holiday is a British dramedy about a divorcing couple who must pretend that everything is fine while visiting family in Scotland. With three young kids in tow, it's hard to keep their marriage woes a secret, and soon the grown-ups are squabbling (which could stress out some kid viewers), while the children and their gruff grandfather are the only ones who seem to act sensibly. There's little swearing (a few uses of "s--t," "prick," and some British slang, as well as one "f--k" that's mouthed but not said), minimal drinking, and some kissing between both a teen couple and adults. But (spoiler alert!) a key character dies suddenly, so the second half of the movie does feature some heavier themes related to mortality. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This dramedy feels cliched from the start. Bickering parents are so caught up in their petty fights that they can't pay attention to what's going on around them, let alone their adorable young children, who, yes, wind up teaching the grown-ups important things about themselves. A wise old grandparent also makes an appearance, armed with a lesson no one will forget, as well as an irritating, rich relative who's used to getting everything his way. It's clear that we should ignore the parents and see what the younger generation can pick up from their charming, cantankerous grandfather. (Kudos to Connolly, who manages to infuse new life into a predictable character.)
The plot twist that comes in the middle of the movie isn't totally surprising, at least not at first. After what we've seen so far, it's no surprise that the adults are useless in a crisis. But then the kids take the film in an unexpected direction that's almost believable, and the way it's treated feels (mostly) realistic and even entertaining. Unfortunately, all to soon the film goes back to standard formula, with everyone learning what's important in life. Unsurprising, yes. Somewhat charming, sure. Groundbreaking? Not by a stretch.
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