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Tuesday 14 August 2012, 11:17

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

The great British holiday is not all double decker buses and sunshine. It can be a pretty hideous experience - just look at Withnail And I or Archipelago. Which movies best sum up the nightmare vacation experience for you?

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    Comment number 1.

    What about Carry on Abroad ?

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    Comment number 2.

    On a darker note, what about Eden Lake, Straw Dogs, the recently released Inbred, or even Danny Dyer's Doghouse? An attempt to go to a ostensibly pleasant piece of the countryside only to find out, as Withnail and I did, that those who live there are... less than friendly. It might have more blood and guts than reality, but from a lot of my childhood experiences about the town/country culture shock it can chime true

    By the way, Mark, your voice sounds pretty hoarse, hope it gets better soon!

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    Comment number 3.

    You've already mentioned it, but for me Withnail And I... nails it. Not just the pointlessness and overcast gloom of the British holiday, but also when such a holiday is taken by two out-of-work and miserable buggers at the end of their friendship. It would be bleak if it weren't so funny.

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    Comment number 4.

    Planes, Trains & Automobiles, because pray tell me which is worse? The holiday, or the journey getting there?

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    Comment number 5.

    I'd have to go with Comment Number 2. Eden Lake is a classic tale of fear and terror combined. It feels and looks realistic and has a great short performance by Michael Fassbender. The way the attackers are portrayed is chilling because I tend to see a lot of these people in London and it makes me wonder what if these people gave you the holiday from hell.

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    Comment number 6.

    Some of my childhood memories of holidays consists of being attack by wasps seagulls and other wild life harassing me for my ice cream and crisps. So I think Colin Egglestons 1978 movie 'Long Weekend' sums up the great British holiday for me.

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    Comment number 7.

    Possibly one example of a British film depicting people thinking their going to have a nice, fun holiday and having the most miserable time imaginable for me would be Richard Attenborough's woefully underrated "Oh, What A Lovely War!"

    Think about it, throughout the film it's shown that all the soldiers of the First World War signed up thinking they were going to have a jolly good time serving their country; they get to the frontline and all that waits for them is mud, miserable weather, disease, destruction and death.

    And yet, for all that, in the final scene, the young men we follow sing about how they'll tell everyone they had a great time instead of distressing their loved ones with the horrors they suffered.

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    Comment number 8.

    Not so much a 'british' holiday, but the Chevy Chase film 'Vacation' has always been one of my favorite comedies for the simple reason that it captures the highs and lows of a typical families' holidays.

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    Comment number 9.

    Kevin and Perry go large, The films horrible and so are most teenagers holidays......

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    Comment number 10.

    I don't know whether it counts as it is more of a trip than a proper holiday but The Descent includes falling outs, a horrible pool and a whole lot of mud which is in eccence the british holiday experience. I think the creatures represent bad weather.

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    Comment number 11.

    Not a film per se but what about Only Fools and Horses: The Jolly Boy's Outing. Nothing shows the British summertime like a depressing trip to Margate.

    Also we should feel for Elijah Wood; his experience of Britain was a world filled with violence, hooligans and bad dress-sense in Green Street. He's used to all those things in Middle Earth however...

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    Comment number 12.

    The Wicker Man?

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    Comment number 13.

    I'm not a Brit so not really sure what a British vacation is like ... all I know is that plenty of Brits decide to spend their time along the warm sunny shores where I live, it often turns into ...
    Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000)
    ugh.
    Though at times there will be serene beauties taking a break and gracing similar locales ...
    Morvern Callar (2002)
    thank you Samantha Morton and Lynne Ramsay.

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    Comment number 14.

    A 'Full Blown Mini-Break Holiday Weekend'. Because "a mini-break means true love". Where you, after doing stuff that is illegal in several countries end up alone on a tarts and vicars party while your bona fide sex god cheats on you with an American stick insect.

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    Comment number 15.

    Glastonbury The Movie - covers all eventualities!

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    Comment number 16.

    I thought The Inbetweeners Movie did well at capturing the highs and lows of a lad's holiday.

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    Comment number 17.

    I must admit that Deliverence turned me off the whole 'adventure' holiday idea.

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    Comment number 18.

    Carry on Camping - Quintessentially British. Surrounded by horrendous families, learing old men, terrible weather, constant bickering with loved ones, Barbara's Windsors... Also contains the immortal exchange:
    Mrs. Fussey: Joan may think you're a gentleman but personally I've got sore misgivings.
    Sid Boggle: You ought to put some talcum powder on them.

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    Comment number 19.

    Mark, please do some responses to your old video comments. You haven't done that in ages.

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    Comment number 20.

    Straw Dogs

 

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