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Bean (1997)

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One of Britain's most popular, comical television characters, the taciturn, child-like, clumsy, conniving and ever ingenious Mr. Bean (Rowan "Black Adder" Atkinson) makes his big-screen debut in this riotous slapstick comedy. A creation of Atkinson and writers Richard Curtis and Robin Driscoll, Mr. Bean started out in a half-hour television series around 1990; since then his show has become one of the highest rated comedies on British television and has gained an international cult following. With a style reminiscent of the great silent comedians, Bean is an average, albeit eccentric, Joe with a knack for turning the most innocuous situations into full-blown disasters. Whereas the television shows are nearly silent, Mr. Bean has a lot more dialog in the film. The film begins at the dawn of a typical day with Bean shaving his whole face, including his tongue. After a quick cup of coffee, he heads off for his job as guard/caretaker at the Royal National Gallery where he is supposed to prevent visitors from touching the artwork. Instead, Bean spends most of his time sleeping. His supervisors try to fire him, but a board member (John Mills) intervenes and saves his job. To get rid of him, Bean's bosses conspire to send him to a posh Los Angeles private art gallery where as an "art scholar" he will deliver a speech to commemorate the return of "Whistler's Mother" which was purchased by Army General Newton (Burt Reynolds) through a deal facilitated by the gallery owner George Grierson (Harris Yulin). Bean is to stay with the family of David Langley (Peter MacNicol), the gallery director. He isn't there long before he nearly destroys the place. His speech at the gallery is even more cataclysmic. To make matters worse, a series of mishaps leads Bean to be mistaken for a prominent surgeon and forced to perform emergency surgery on a police officer.

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Cast

Peter MacNicol
as David Langley
Pamela Reed
as Alison Langley
Harris Yulin
as George Grierson
Burt Reynolds
as Gen. Newton
John Mills
as Chairman
Richard Gant
as Det. Brutus
Tricia Vessey
as Jennifer Langley
Andrew Lawrence
as Kevin Langley
Priscilla Shanks
as Sylvia Grierson
Peter Egan
as Lord Walton
Tom McGowan
as Walter Merchandise
Sandra Oh
as Bernice Schimmel
Johnny Galecki
as Stingo Wheelie
Danny Goldring
as Security Buck
June Brown
as Delilah
Peter James
as Dr. Rosenblum
Janni Brenn
as Nurse Dyper
Clive Corner
as Dr. Cutler
Rob Brownstein
as Dick Journo
Julia Pearlstein
as Phyllis Quill
Alison Goldie
as Stewardess Nicely
Dakin Matthews
as Passenger Tucker
Scott Charles
as Timmy Pewker Jr.
Thomas Mills
as Officer Stubbles
Ronnie Yeskel
as Mrs. Goodwoman
Chris Ellis
as Detective Butler
Richard Hicks
as Kart Pusherman
Gigi Fields
as Nurse Desking
Lela Ivey
as Nurse Pots
David Doty
as Dr. Jacobson
Robert Curtis Brown
as Doctor Frowning
April Grace
as Nurse Pans
Perry Anzilotti
as Dr. Squeaking
Jannie Brenn
as Nurse Dyper
Annette Helde
as Nurse Gripes
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Critic Reviews for Bean

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9)

Rowan Atkinson's recalcitrant TV character is the hub of this 1997 feature that will disappoint fans and nonfans alike.

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Goes beyond awful to surreally awful.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Slapstick, but gross-out humor.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Common Sense Media

Atkinson's reactive brand of bug-eyed and near-silent comedy has always been more akin to Jacques Tati--plus a lecherous pinch of Jerry Lewis, the better to invade the viewer's personal space.

Full Review… | September 5, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Atkinson is able to hit the comic jackpot through grunts, gestures, body movements, and, most of all, facial expressions.

Full Review… | February 15, 2009
TheMovieReport.com

Atkinson's genius at portraying a pesky, childish adult is reminiscent of the great comic stars of silent movies, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Audience Reviews for Bean

½

Bean, is a poor attempt to bring the famous Atkinson's character to the big screen and that waste the talent of Rowan in a stupid movie with a weak screenplay. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Mr. Bean's big screen debut is a pretty good comedy that has it flaws, but manages to be funny, good and above all a good attempt at bringing the dimwitted character on the big screen. I enjoyed the TV show, and grew up watching Mr. Bean so when this was released, I was pretty excited. The film is a pretty comedy that has good comedy, but the TV show is much better of course. The film has a decent cast starring opposite Rowan Atkinson, and they each have something to bring to the table. The film does have limitations, but for the most part it delivers good laughs. Compared to the show, the film is slightly disappointing, but it has everything you'd expect from Rowan Atkinson in his character. The film has good laughs, a decent script and decent ideas. The film is good, but like I said, it's disappointing compared to the show because like with every TV Show to the big screen adaptation, there's key elements missing from the film to really make it special. I liked the film, it made me laugh and Atkinson was lovable. If you want to check this one out, expect something average, and you won't be disappointed. The film isn't as bad as what everyone has claimed it to be, but compared to the show, it definitely isn't a memorable film. A good film, but nothing ever remarkable. There's some good funny bits, but considering that the TV show was great, the filmmakers could have made a better effort with Mr. Bean's big screen debut. Still a fun film to watch despite its faults.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] The decision to make a cliched, over used typically "American" plotline and mix it in with Rowan Atkinson's hugely funny character and comedic skill was a big mistake. But the moments that actually envolve Bean here are what makes this film hilarious among multiple viewings.

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