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|Originaltitel:||What we did on our holiday|
|Regie:||Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin|
|Laufzeit:||About 95 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) have a particularly strenuous weekend ahead of them. Not only do they have to travel with their three children to the Scottish Highlands for the 75th birthday of Doug's father Gordie (Billy Connolly), where stress, whimpering and chaos are already inevitable. No, the two of them also have to play the happy couple before Doug's entire family, which they have long since ceased to be. They have been separated for months and divorce is only a matter of time. But the others and especially Gordie are not supposed to hear about it this weekend. But that's not so easy in view of the talkativeness of her children and the probing questions of Doug's brother Gavin (Ben Miller). But just when Doug and Abi believe that this family weekend couldn't get any more catastrophic, Gordie and his three grandchildren end up on the beach together in a totally unexpected way…
"A Scot doesn't make a summer yet" is a turbulent family comedy that dares to tackle the very difficult task of approaching issues like separation and death in a light, humorous way. The directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, both long-time professionals in the field of TV comedy, have mastered this challenge in a first-class manner. It may be that her film is not a profound masterpiece, not a groundbreaking comedy that will stay in your mind for a long time. But through the lovably eccentric characters, the light-footed play with the common clichés of the genre as well as the relaxed handling of difficult themes, they have succeeded in creating a magical feel-good film that can be prescribed as a perfect antidote to autumn depression.
In the first few minutes, the very special humour of the two directors and screenwriters pays off. The little daughter of Doug and Abi, for example, who prefers to cuddle with stones rather than plush toys, is immediately taken to heart by the wonderfully untypical drawing of this figure, as is her grandfather Gordie, who is impersonated by the great Billy Connolly in a reservedly mischievous manner. Even Doug and Abi, who are constantly quarreling, are somehow likeable in their own way. And although you as a viewer quickly know that this family celebration will be a real catastrophe, you are only too willing to spend your time with these dysfunctional, but nevertheless very lovable characters.
A not unimportant role is played not only by the good actors but also by the wonderfully rough landscape of Scotland. It is the combination of story and pictures that makes the beach visit of Gordie and his three grandchildren so great. The renunciation of any form of pathos and kitsch also pays off here. Of course, there are also other scenes that don't work out quite as well, in which the jokes don't really want to catch fire, or in which the characters drag a bit on the nerves of the audience. But whenever a small weakness threatens to disturb the pleasure, a moment follows, which either animates to a hearty laugh or is completely unobtrusive.
This creates a thoroughly positive overall picture despite smaller pendants, which is still manifested by a magical finale. "A Scotsman doesn't make a summer yet" actually gives his audience the best you can get for your money in the cinema: relaxed escape from reality and entertainment for the heart and for the laugh muscles, which remain pleasantly light even in their most difficult moments. And there is a very clear one at the end: Absolutely worth seeing!
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