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Parents' Guide to

What We Did on Our Holiday

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Clichéd British dramedy deals with divorce, loss.

Movie PG-13 2015 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

Dumped it after 10 mins...

After about 10 mins they had a) blasphemed Jesus 3-5 times loudly, and b) argued loudly and heavily, and so we dumped it. Also, it is shot cinematographically in a very erratic manner with shakiness and rapid cuts (might give you a headache).

This title has:

Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

What parents also need to know.

While ultimately a wholesome and worthwhile family film with a unique twist, there are a few things that might raise some questions with younger children. There is a scene where the mother is shown audibly using the toilet while arguing with her husband; a female farmer who tells the children she's a lesbien and has a girlfriend (though they make light of this and don't go into any detail), and they do mention "the C word," on a couple occasions, but never say what it is.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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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