A bickering, separating couple (Rosamund Pike and David Tennant) and their three kids, aged 4 to 9, motor off to Scotland for his cancer-stricken dad’s 75th birthday (Billy Connolly, alone worth the ticket price), hoping to spare Granddad the news of the impending divorce. This setup alone would offer some rich comedic pickings, but what then happens is even funnier.
A little sitcom-ish but well-written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, who do a similar TV sitcom. Difficult to anticipate, kind of goofy, and the kids are not annoying. I had fun. Veddy British, but not without a fart joke or two. Japanese title: Kaizoku Giichan no Okurimono. (95 min)