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Mr. Bean's Holiday
DVD disk
11.30.2007 By: Quigles
Mr. Bean's Holiday order
Director:
Steve Bendelack

Actors:
Rowan Atkinson
Steve Pemberton
Lily Atkinson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes, where he proceeds to f*ck up the lives of anyone he encounters.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As moderate a fan I am of the original "Mr. Bean" TV series, the mere fact that they created another installment after what happened with the Americanized, near-disastrous BEAN (ironically titled BEAN: THE ULTIMATE DISASTER MOVIE in various other countries) shocked the hell out of me. "It's been like ten years," I thought to myself. "Who could this movie possibly interest?" Next thing I knew, my question was shut down harder than a sledgehammer hitting a five-year-old, with the worldwide box office gross skyrocketing up to a total $224 million. (And keep in mind, only $32 million of that was domestic.)

Obviously, Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean character has a multicultural appeal, likely due to his ability to act out one of the most fundamental styles of comedy, pantomime. Of course, none of this matters if the film sucks, which surprisingly enough, it doesn't. MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY actually manages to do a much better job of capturing the spirit of the TV show than the previous film, and it's better off for it. It's still not perfect, but to be honest, I don't think a full-length picture about Mr. Bean will ever be. Part of what makes the show so entertaining is that each episode is structured like a self-contained sketch, with minimal traces of story. MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY has a similar vibe, but because of the movie format, everything has been ratcheted up a notch—more settings, more subplots, more chaos. And really, that's not what Mr. Bean's about.

Speaking of chaos though, that's one of the things that made the film a little hard to enjoy. When you get right down to it, it's basically about an incredibly obnoxious, self-involved jackass that causes undue mayhem wherever he goes. In a way, it's kind of mean-spirited, but the cheery atmosphere implies otherwise. Maybe it's supposed to be acceptable since he's a bit of a bumbling retard. Whatever the case, the level of amusement gained from watching this guy destroy one person's day after another started to dwindle by the second act. Rowan Atkinson's goofball performance manages to keep things lively though, and the climactic finish at the Cannes Film Festival (as utterly ridiculous as it was) delivers a hilarious lampooning of pretentious auteurs that helped keep me watching with a smile on my face.
THE EXTRAS
Not much.

Deleted Scenes: There are about three minutes worth of 15 deleted scenes, which are all mostly just brief extended gags.

French Beans (11:24): A standard making-of featurette that focuses on shooting in France.

Bean in Cannes (5:49): Another basic featurette, this time focusing strictly on shooting in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival.

The Human Bean (6:13): Interviews and more about Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean character, and how much they all love him. This is the DVD equivalent of performing fellatio on an actor.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you're not a fan of Rowan Atkinson's oddball Mr. Bean character, don't even attempt to enjoy this film; you won't succeed. For everyone else, MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY probably isn't the hilariously wonderful adventure you were hoping for, but it still has enough energy and spirit to keep viewers satisfied. I'm a little shocked to say, I enjoyed it.
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