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Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is a London museum guard who is about to be fired
by middle management. The big boss, however, won't hear of
instead, he sends Mr. Bean to America. Once there, Mr. Bean is to pose as
an art critic and give a rousing speech about Whistler's mother for a
California art museum. Well, the museum director picks Mr. Bean up at the
airport and pandemonium is the name of the game after that. Mr. Bean upsets
the director's household, creates havoc at a local amusement park, blows up
dinner and more. On top of that, he rarely speaks so everyone is certain he
is an idiot. Can this man transform
himself into an art critic and will he be able to present a speech on the
museum's big day?
This movie is just flat-out fun. Although he has very little dialogue, Mr. Bean's expressions and antics are priceless. The supporting cast does a reasonably good job but Mr. Bean towers over everybody. This movie should be required viewing for anyone in a depressed state of mind; it can lift the spirits of even the saddest beings on earth. Recommended for a fine family evening of giggles and leg-slapping.
For those of you who loved watching Mr Bean, this movie doesn't fail to
disappoint you. I saw this last night and laughed my head off, in fact, I
think I was laughing more than when I was seeing Johnny English(also
For those who really love the TV series, a few of the gags have been redone, including the vomit bag joke, the turkey head and the fast ride (the latter is so damn funny).
So if you love Rowan Atkinson or love Mr Bean, go see this film!
This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, and in my opinion it
is among the ranks of the legendary Monty Python.
"Bean" is about the infamous Mr.Bean, a lazy buffoon who manages to cause problems in even the simplest of tasks. In this movie, he works at an Art Gallery and the management desperately want to get rid of him. Rather than fire him, they send him to Los Angeles to unveil the painting, "Whistler's Mother". An American named David Langley allows Mr.Bean to stay in his house during his visit against the will of his family. This turns out to be a huge mistake.
This movie is roll-out-of-your-chair-laughing funny. Rowan Atkinson's acting is beyond excellent, and all of the other characters are good as well.
The only thing I can find to nitpick about this movie is that there is not a very strong plot. The movie is basically a line of connected humor skits. I personally do not mind this too much, but if you are looking for a movie with a story that can be made into a book, look elsewhere.
If you enjoyed the Mr.Bean series and like "disaster" movies, this is the perfect movie for you!
Bean: The Movie is without a shadow of a doubt, one best comedies of 1997.
Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is working as a guard in the Royal Gallery of
His employers, except for one, all hate him. They send him on a two-month
sabbatical (to get rid of him for awhile) to present Whistler's Mother to
the Grierson Art Gallery in Los Angeles. The only problem? They told the
Grierson that he was a world-famous scholar! If you think Bean couldn't
into any more trouble than he does in the UK, wait till you see what he
in the movie!
Bean stays with the Langley family, all of whom I found annoying except for David (Peter MacNicol), Bean's new friend. Burt Reynolds even has a short cameo appearance as General Newton, a person who cares nothing for art personally.
Although he used some of his former gags, there is enough new ones that make the movie stand out. The movie did better overseas than in the U.S. due to moronic critics and bad advertising.
Bottom line, Bean: The Movie never got the credit it deserved over here. I would buy this movie on DVD or VHS, whichever you prefer. Also if you're a Bean fan, look for The Best Bits of Mr. Bean. It's a collection of Mr. Bean skits from his TV show!
How can anyone not LOVE this movie. It has to be the greatest comedy made
the 1990s. IT HAS TO BE. Rowan Atkinson is an incredible slapstick
He is one of the great comedy performers of all time, ranking alongside
Chaplin, Keaton, Fields, The Marxes, Tati, Brooks and Allen. This was a
really popular movie when it was released in the Spring of 1997-and with
good reason. If there could ONLY be more movies like this. I'm a big fan
Atkinson's TV shows MR BEAN, BLACKADDER and of course THE THIN BLUE LINE.
yourself a favor and see this movie!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I had never seen any of Rowan Atkinson's performances as Mr. Bean when this
movie came out in 1997, so I knew nothing about it when I went to see it
other than that it was about the zany adventures of this strange looking man
on the movie poster. He strikes me as one of those comedians that you either
completely love or completely hate, because his comedy is so extreme. It's
not the kind of thing that you can watch and just sort of like or not really
care for. It's one of those movies where it's not surprising to see people
walk out in the middle while other people are just about falling out of
their chairs laughing so hard. Personally, I was one of the
I admit that Bean certainly deals in a very childish sort of humor. This is, by definition, slapstick comedy, and it is certainly not for all tastes. But from the movie's opening scene, which shows Bean gleefully shaving his entire face with an electric razor (including his forehead and even his tongue), you know that this is what the movie is like, so you can't really hold that against it.
The story in the film is clearly one of those that is invented for the movie and then manipulated to fit the screenplay and to work nicely into the movie. It's not that hard to realize that such a huge art gallery could be fooled for so long by someone like Mr. Bean, thinking that he's a genius, and certainly no way that he would be left alone with a $50 million painting long enough to remove it from the vault and rub paint thinner into it, but on the other hand, the rest of the comedy fits so nicely into this plot. At the very least, there are relatively realistic situations thrown into an unrealistic plot, which makes the movie enjoyable even though you don't really take it seriously.
There is a wonderful scene, for example, where Bean sneezes on the painting of Whistler's Mother, and then he tries to wipe off the spray with his handkerchief, which has been smeared with a leaky pen. So the painting gets smeared with ink, and he grabs the first can he sees off a nearby shelf, which happens to be paint thinner. It cleans the ink off nicely but then causes the paint to boil off, and then Bean frantically tries to save it by wiping it even harder, rubbing the paint off right down to the canvas. Sure, this is not the mark of an intelligent mind, but that's the point of the whole movie.
Bean is a film that relies on the fact that humans are so amused by the misfortunes of others. There's something funny about seeing someone else get into a sticky situation, and in movies like this, they do just that and things only get worse and worse. Granted, there are a million ways out of every situation that Bean gets into that would be less painful than the routes that he chooses, but if he took them there would be no movie. Consider, for example, the bathroom scene where a man walks in on Bean as he appears to be getting a little too friendly with a hot air dryer. He quickly grabs a light bulb pretending that he had been examining it, and then the man leaves and Bean drops the hot bulb to break on the ground and when he goes to run cold water over his burnt fingers the water sprays his crotch again. Total slapstick, but that's funny!
Like I said, Bean is not a movie for all tastes. But there is a place for childish humor in movies, and that place is in movies like this. It certainly can be taken too far or simply done wrong, as in the case of movies like the American Pies or the Scary Movies, etc., but Bean is a movie that knows what kind of comedy it delivers, and it knows how far to go before things just descend into vulgarity and bad taste. It's a comedy that does not pretend to be anything that it's not, and for that it should be respected. It is also, by the way, the kind of a comedy that allows for an almost innumerable amount of sequels. While I can certainly see it being vastly overdone, I would just like to say that if a couple more Bean movies were to be made, I would be among the last to complain!
Although the storyline is quite different to the usual ones in the tv show, the movie still captures the clumsiness and total annoyingness of the character of Mr Bean. Rowan Atkinson is great and so are the other actors in the film. I really enjoyed this, probably more because it wasn't a disaster like the tv show usually is. In other words Bean didn't stuff up as much. there were some great scenes involving the painting and in the hospital. I recommend it to those comedy fans and for anybody who can withstand the lunatic behaviour of Mr Bean.
Bean the movie is a triumph in the cinema world. For once a film based on the T.V. series has worked. It may be the case the best jokes are altered versions of what appeared on the small screen but are slotted into the story line with immense skill. Just before Bean gets the Turkey stuck on his head when asked had he cooked a turkey before he nods his head in an unsure "mmmm" mannner.
The best thing about Bean the movie is the for once it is the Americans who are made to look stupid. Whereas in many movies the British are the joke being portrayed as posh in Bean it the Americans who are laughed at for being simply to stupid to realise this so called doctor bean is in fact not a doctor.
On hearing Mr Bean was hitting the big screen I was at first very concerned that it would not work for him to talk . However many of the funniest lines are when he does open his mouth such as when he calls a 50 million dollar painting a big picture of an old bat.
"Bean" is the average but warm-hearted, large screen adventure of Rowan
Atkinson's bumbling but strangely likable character.
With a smörgåsbord of talent behind this film, there are a few genuine laughs but, sadly, they're few and far between. This film could have been so much better in the hands of another director. Mel Smith appears to have been on cruise-control making this movie. It's a case of comedy by numbers and the film never seems to shift gear.
The always amusing Peter MacNicol is excellent as the suffering David Langley and provides the perfect foil to Atkinson's Bean.
An average comedy movie, it's worth a viewing if there's nothing else on the television.
I have always enjoyed Bean. I always thought it was criminally
underrated as well. Now let me just state, I did enjoy Bean's Holiday
quite a bit, but I was kinda disappointed with it, considering it's
suppose to be the last of Bean. Yes it still has too many adapted
scenes, from his T.V show, but what I enjoyed about this movie, was the
movie itself. Bean is a little different in this one. He's not quite as
mean-spirited as he is in the t.v show, in fact he has a big heart,
which we rarely see in his t.v show. What really makes a lot of the
movie is Rowan&Peter MacNicol's chemistry, together. Rowan of course is
the goofy one, with Peter playing the straight man. They play off one
another so wonderfully, and give many hilarious moments together. Some
may have disliked the changes to having Bean speak a bit in this film,
and while they do have a point, I thought it added a little bit of
spark to the film, it was different, and gave the film laughs. With so
much vulgar comedies out now a days, Bean is a refreshing change of
There are a few vulgar moments, but it's all good-natured. The funniest of the scenes in my opinion, had to be when Bean goes to turn the taps on, and splashes water on his pants, to where it looks like he's Peed himself. I won't spoil the rest, but rest assured, it's a screamer. What I also enjoyed more about Bean, then Bean's Holiday was it's much more like the t.v show, then the sequel was. Bean's Holiday never really felt like Bean, besides Bean had the most important ingredient in the ending, we got to see Teddy!. Bean is light-hearted, with great slapstick all around. I'll take anything of Bean I can get, which is why I enjoyed Bean's holiday, more than I should have.
Performances. Rowan Atkinson is terrific as Bean. He's added another pro to his Bean shtick, speaking!. I thought having him speak, would ruin a lot of the experience. Thankfully it gave the film a lot of laughs. Peter MacNicol is a very multi talented person. Here he plays a wonderful straight man, with some of the film's funniest lines. He was just as big a key as Rowan was. Pamela Reed does fine with what she had to do as the wife. Burt Reynolds has a hilarious cameo, as the general. Andrew Lawrence is actually decent as Kevin. As I have stated in many review, I hate kid actors, but he was rather likable. Harris Yulin is a likable character actor. Here he is great as Mr.Grierson. Tricia Vessey is highly unlikable as Jennifer. I found it very hard to garner any sympathy from her. Richard Gant is hilarious as the detective, and stole many of the scenes he was in. Sandra Oh and Larry Drake have small roles.
Bottom Line. Bean is the perfect family entertainment. Fellow Bean fanatics will find much to enjoy, and people who aren't too familiar with Bean's humor, this would probably be a good starting point for you. Highly recommended.
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