Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes where he unwittingly separates a young boy from his father and must help the two come back together. On the way he discovers France, bicycling, and true love, among other things.
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").
In two scenes, Allison Langley (Pamela Reed) insults Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) by referring him to as a Martian, and as David's (Peter MacNicol's) friend from the planet Zog. This is a nod to the introductory sequence from the television show which gave viewers the impression that Mr. Bean is not human, but an extra-terrestrial when he fell from a beam of light. See more »
When the police chases Mr. Bean in the airport, you can see the police run down the side of the floor escalator. In the next shot however, they are leaving the escalator. See more »
Flashbacks of the movie appear at the beginning of the closing credits. See more »
The deleted scenes that are shown in the 15 minute segment 'Bean Scenes Unseen' include the following:
Bean driving to work in his trademark black and yellow Austin Mini and getting caught in a traffic jam outside of Harrods department store. Seeing two doorman holding open the doors for customers, Bean seizes the opportunity and simply drives through the doors, around the inside of the store and then out the other side to get through the jam.
Bean pulling up to a 'No Parking' sign at his place of work, getting out a pair of false legs, pushing them underneath the car, and dropping some wrenches next to the legs to simulate his making repairs.
Bean hearing the news that he'll be going to America. He thinks that everyone will be carrying a gun so he makes believe he's holding a gun with his hands, and mimics Eastwood-like moves and even says to a man, "Are you feeling lucky punk?"
Bean reprising the 'head in the lap' gag in which he is wearing a blindfold to help him sleep while on the plane to America. He starts to fall down in his seat and then manages to have his head fall into the crotch of the passenger sitting next to him. The passenger yells for a stewardess to switch him to a different seat and Bean tries to make sense of the situation by screaming "I'M BLIND!" since he is still wearing the blindfold.
The Langley family falls asleep waiting for Bean at the airport. What they don't know is that Bean actually HAS arrived at their house by way of a Taxi. He gets inside and plays around with a remote control for what he thinks is the TV but is actually the garage door opener. Bean then picks up a SONY Walkman for the first time and then starts to listen to music and do an impromptu dance in his pajamas all over the house.
The Langley's arriving home and Bean using their bathroom. Bean and David continue a set of 'near misses' as one goes outside the room as another comes in. Bean, searching for his toothpaste, comes across what he thinks is David's toothpaste but is actually a tube of medicinal toe cream. Bean puts it on his toothbrush, brushes and after a bit smiles and says "Mmmm! Nice!"
A lot more of Bean's destroying of Whistler's mother (A lot of the pictures for this scene can be found in the books for the film) is shown. Bean going into the Grierson Gallery men's room and attempting to wash off the ink by using a toilet brush. Hearing others who want to use the facilities, Bean places the painting outside a window and onto the building's ledge. He then walks out on the ledge and tries to grab it while trying not to disrupt the security meeting with David, Elmer, George, Bernice, and Walter. - Bean tries to calm David's panic over the destroyed painting by coming up with the idea of placing a tiny piece of paper saying "DO NOT ENTER" on the doors. David's reaction to this is "EXCELLENT! It's perfect! Problem is solved! Apart from one tiny drawback, that someone will eventually walk through that door, they'll see the painting and say, "Oh look, someone has completely destroyed 'Whistler's Mother'. Let's Kill Them!!!" leaving Bean at a loss for words.
A 'breakfast' scene at the Langley's shows Bean making scrambled eggs and toast for David and Kevin while David tries to think of what to say at the unveiling. "I get to go in and tell everyone that 'Whistler's Mother' now looks like Pinocchio's Father!"
An extended scene of Burt Reynolds' character General Newton meeting the staff of the Grierson Gallery including Bean.
"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.
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