Kids steal the show in Billy Connolly comedy

Undated Film Still Handout from What We Did On Our Holidays. Pictured: ( l-r) Ben Miller, David Tennant. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Lionsgate. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from What We Did On Our Holidays. Pictured: ( l-r) Ben Miller, David Tennant. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Lionsgate. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

In 2007, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin abandoned the conventions of a tightly scripted sitcom and took a more fluid approach in the breakout hit Outnumbered.

The writer-directors adopt the same recipe for this uproarious feature film debut, an ill-fated family road trip laced with absurdity that touches the heart and tickles the funny bone.

Once again, it’s the younger cast who scene-steal with aplomb,but that’s not to say that Hamilton and Jenkin short-change the rest of the ensemble cast including David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Glaswegian firebrand Billy Connolly.

Gordie McLeod (Connolly) is poised to celebrate his 75th birthday in the Highlands, with a lavish family party.

The birthday celebrations are unexpectedly thrown into disarray and a media scrum descends on the family’s doorsteps along with an interfering Social Services officer (Celia Imrie).

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 through the unblinkered eyes of the three children.