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").
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The real painting of Whistler's mother is bigger than the one used in the film. See more »
I must admit, over the time you've been here, certain... suspicions have begun to gather in my mind. I'm going to be frank here... are you a doctor?
okay number two, do you know anything about art. I mean... let me see... was Leonardo Da Vinci a famous American basketball player?
[Bean looks confused, David's face drops]
[brings his hand up to his face]
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Just before the credits of the featurette is a montage of little bit scenes cut which include the following:
Bean strangling his chairman's secretary at the beginning of the film
Bean playing with the many light switches in the Langley household
Bean trying to skateboard for the first time at a playground
Bean pulling all of the furniture in his apartment against the door by way of strings. One can only assume this is Bean's idea of security for his apartment.
Bean and David riding around Los Angeles more
Bean and David posing for a picture at the fairgrounds
Bean asking for a hot dog with a bit of everything on it and posing for a photo.
Bean taking one last picture of David before he boards the plane back home. He motions for David to move back. David backs up so much he ends ups falling over a large pile of luggage
Bean wearing sunglasses and holding a sign that reads 'Jack Nicholson'. He is obviously posing for a picture as he grins like Nicholson and points to the sign and then himself.
Bean doing a Broadway-like dance with a fedora hat on the steps outside his workplace
More shots of Bean giving the finger to everyone
Bean drinking Champagne while flying to America and then making faces after sampling some
Bean with the turkey stuck on his head actually walking outside the Langley house and nearly getting hit by a car and then falling in a bush
"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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