Bean (Rowan Atkinson) works as a caretaker at Britain's formidable Royal National Gallery, and his bosses want to fire him because he sleeps at work all the time, but can't because the chairman of the gallery's board defends him. They send him to the U.S., to the small Los Angeles art gallery instead, where he'll have to officiate at the opening of the greatest U.S. picture ever (called "Whistler's Mother").
Future Doctor Who (2005), Peter Capaldi had a small role as Gareth, one of the members of the board at the National Gallery. Rowan Atkinson played The Doctor in the "Children in Need" spoof Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999). See more »
Reflected on the car of David as he and Bean drive up to the art gallery where the Whister's Mother painting is to be unveiled. See more »
[after the ride ended]
Incredible! You set?
[woke up Bean, who was sleeping throughout the ride and startled]
[spotted the motion simulator controller behind the curtain, called David back]
Why don't you get another tickets? could be more fun takin' second round.
[David agreed, while Bean went off to tamper with the controller]
[after a short while, David went back with a soft toy monster]
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Flashbacks of the movie appear at the beginning of the closing credits. See more »
Noticeably, the turkey scene is different between the US and UK releases of the film. According to Rowan Atkinson on 'Bean Scenes Unseen', this was because of the very different reactions from the North American and European audiences.
On the US release, Bean has already taken the turkey out of the fridge when David walks into the kitchen. After finding nothing else in the fridge perfect for dinner, David tells Bean to stuff the turkey while he distracts Mr. Grierson and his wife. As in the episode "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean", Bean proceeds to stuff the turkey with his bare hands, only to lose his watch in the turkey. He sticks his head inside the turkey, and then begins walking around with the turkey on his head. David pulls the turkey off Bean's head, and Bean pulls his watch out of his mouth. Then, they cram the turkey in the microwave. Dave suggests heating it for 20 minutes and does so. He then hands Bean a pot holder and tells him to cook up some veggies and come to say hello to the Griersons.
On the UK release, David enters the kitchen as he does in the US version. However, it cuts to Bean still rummaging through the fridge as David approaches him. Bean pulls out two hot dogs, but David suggests that the Griersons might be expecting something more formal, so Bean puts the hot dogs back. He then pulls out a raw onion, which David refuses. Bean hands the onion to David and then pulls the turkey out. After finding nothing else in the fridge, David asks Bean if he has ever cooked a turkey, and Bean says that he has. David than suggests that it could take 5 hours, to which Bean, getting an idea, replies, "Not necessarily!" They are then shown cramming the stuffed turkey in the microwave, but now, their roles are reversed, Bean has no traces of stuffing in his hair, and the microwave is a different model. After Bean starts the microwave, David asks Bean if he is sure it will work. Bean insists that he is the chef, so David tells him to cook up some veggies and come say hello, but does not hand him a pot holder.
How can anyone not LOVE this movie. It has to be the greatest comedy made in the 1990s. IT HAS TO BE. Rowan Atkinson is an incredible slapstick comedian. 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 of Atkinson's TV shows MR BEAN, BLACKADDER and of course THE THIN BLUE LINE. Do yourself a favor and see this movie!
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