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Mr. Bean's Holiday
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Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Emma de Caunes, Willem Dafoe
MPAA Rated: G
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.dotcomedy.com/bean/
Kiddie Movie: It's really for them, but you might laugh.
Date Movie: Only if she's the mother of the kid you are bringing.
Gratuitous Sex: Sabine's boob almost pops out, and some pelvic thrusting dance, but it's all G.
Gratuitous Violence: There is a suicide scene that was slightly disturbing in such a kid-friendly flick.
Action: Some running and chasing of things.
Laughs: Chuckles with good laughter at the end.
Memorable Scene: Mr. Bean at the Cannes Film Festival.
Memorable Quote: Nope, especially since Mr. Bean barely speaks.
Directed By: Steve Bendelack
Produced By: Peter Bennet-Jones, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner

Mr. Bean's Holiday
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - G

It's 1:30 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Sometimes there are movies where I write a review and wonder why I am, in fact, writing a review, because pretty much the trailer tells you everything you need to know. Hereís my review of "Mr. Beanís Holiday," anyway.

If youíre not familiar with the character of Mr. Bean, played as goofily as possible by Rowan Atkinson, the only image I can maybe remind you of is a movie where a dude puts a turkey over his head. In any case, Sir Bean is back, and he wants to go on holiday. He gets his chance thanks to the church raffle where he wins a trip to Cannes (thatís at the south of France if you donít know), with lovely weather and a beautiful beach, rather than jolly old England with gloom and rain. He also wins a camcorder and some cash.

Bumbling his way to Paris (thatís in the middle of France if you donít know), we get typical, goofy Mr. Bean, recording just about every aspect of his trip on the trusty camcorder, tries to eat at fancy French restaurant (the seafood platter isnít his cup of tea).  He eventually finds himself back on the train to Cannes, but in doing so stops Emil (Karel Roden) from getting back on the train, thus separating Emil from his son, Stepan (Max Baldry), who is already on said train. Feeling guilty Bean tries to cheer up Stepan, but at the next stop where Stepan and Bean get off the train, they form a friendship to get them through the rest of the movie.

And so the rest of the film is about Mr. Bean making his way to the beaches of Cannes while trying to reunite father and son. Along the way he dances, makes some money as a street performer, gets hit by a truck, chases a chicken, invades the making of a commercial being directed by Carson Clay (Willem Dafoe), falls in love and gets picked up in her car by Sabine (Emma de Caunes, whom I am now in love with), and eventually Bean, Stepan, and Sabine find themselves at the Cannes Film Festival. And Mr. Bean is history!

Hereís what I can tell you Ė as an adult you will probably find Mr. Bean a little goofy whereas your 5 year old might find him hilarious, and for the first about hour and fifteen minutes, I was pretty bored, chuckled here and there, but found myself just sitting there watching some mindless fun, although all of Mr. Beanís videotaping stuff was getting old. But then, at least for me, the payoff for the adults in the theater came when Mr. Bean got to the film festival, as seemed to be evident by the adult laughter in my theater, with the kids not seeming to really get what was happening.

Look, "Mr. Beanís Holiday" is rated G and is pretty much harmless for everyone. The dialogue isnít complicated, in fact Mr. Bean rarely speaks, pretty much just making noises here and there, and the humor is slapstick, so I would say as an adult, take your kid - theyíll like Mr. Beanís funny faces and goofy movements, you just have to wait a little over an hour for the adult payoff.

Lots of chuckles with good laughter at the end, and my now falling in love with Emma de Caunes, so Iíll give "Mr. Beanís Holiday" 3 stars out of 5. You will get exactly what the trailer shows you, and might find Bean at Cannes truly funny. I did.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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