Starring: David Tennant, Rosamund Pike
Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
Gordie McLeod (Connolly) is poised to celebrate his 75th birthday in the Scottish Highlands.
His self-obsessed son Gavin (Ben Miller) is hosting the lavish party to impress and hopefully secure the captaincy of the local golf club.
Gavin’s long-suffering and neurotic wife Margaret (Amelia Bullmore) remains in the background, occasionally exploding with pent-up rage.
As the party beckons, Gavin’s less successful brother Doug (David Tennant) and his wife Abi (Rosamund Pike) arrive with their three children.
What We Did On Our Holiday is a rip-roaring riot, laying bare the petty jealousies and deep-rooted fears within a family while dealing with serious issues.
Tennant and Miller spark a fiery sibling rivalry with excellent support from Pike and Bullmore. Hamilton and Jenkin eschew sentimentality in the film’s tricky final third, striking a pleasing and ultimately winning balance between musing and amusing.