What We Did on Our Holiday

2015 PG-13 1h 35m DVD

What We Did on Our Holiday

2015 PG-13 1h 35m DVD
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During a visit to celebrate the 75th birthday of the family patriarch -- who's terminally ill -- soon-to-be-divorced Doug and Abi try to maintain the pretense that they're happy together. But the couple's three kids have trouble keeping up the ruse.
Celia Imrie, Harriet Turnbull, Ben Miller, Bobby Smalldridge, Billy Connolly, Annette Crosbie, David Tennant, Amelia Bullmore, Emilia Jones, Lewis Davie, Rosamund Pike
Guy Jenkin, Andy Hamilton
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

Teens kiss passionately; squabbling adults kiss briefly, with little warmth or passion. An older woman explains sexual identity to children.


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.


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.

Social Behavior

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.


One of the characters uses a Mac computer.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking at a party.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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