A charming, witty, funny film which is on general release at the moment in Australia. Why I think so – basically a great bunch of child actors starring in this film- sometimes they can be a bit stylised or scripted- apparently these ones are a little freer and somehow they come across as much more natural and just hilarious.
The story is what the title says – no great surprises there, but there are some twists and turns. This is a family going on holiday who have clearly had some issues in the past. The couple have separated, the kids are a handful, life is quite stressful but they don't really want to upset Granddad by telling him all this as it is his birthday. The rest unfolds as the family travel up to Scotland which is where granddad lives. Various members of the household try and plan the celebration. The family try to maintain their image of "happy families", but children often do things their way, or behave in refreshingly different ways from adults, which leads them to all kinds of complications.
The film is directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkins and it stars the lovely Rosamund Pike as a yummy mummy in this one. A very different role to the one she had in Gone Girl. I think she is good in this one too as a slightly neurotic mother. The father is David Tennant and the children are Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnball and Emilia Jones, with no less than Billy Connelly taking on the role of granddad.
I think that the kids are the real stars in this lovely family film which has a bit of an unexpected twist. It has a PG rating.
There is a lot that one can take away from this comedy, messages about love and marriage, the importance of families and close connections with loved ones. Telling the truth!
That will certainly raise a few laughs and all done through the joys of childhood and parenthood unfolding before us. Go along to a cinema near you for a film with that unmistakable feel-good factor.