Bean

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Released 1997

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Director:
Mel Smith
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG-13
Bean is a 1997 family comedy movie by director Mel Smith, based on the popular British cartoon television series, Mr. Bean. The protagonist, if you can call him that, of Bean is Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson), an eccentric caretaker for theBritish national gallery in London. Mr. Bean is not the best employee, as he spends more time at work sleeping than working. The museum's board of directors is about to fire him, but then the directors get a better idea-why not just get him out of England altogether? So Mr. Bean is sent across the pond to Los Angeles, California, where is to work as an art scholar, presenting a downtown L.A. museum's latest acquisition, a famous painting called "Whistler's Mother." Of course, Mr. Bean knows little to nothing about art, or the painting, so things do not go quite as smoothly as would be desirable. Especially when Mr. Bean is supposed to protect the painting as well! Bean won a 1997 German Bogey Award, as well as a 1997 German Golden Screen Award.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Lawrence Van Gelder

    But while rooted in British sensibilities, Bean is not to be confused with a Noel Coward comedy. Not every gag in Bean succeeds, but compared with most comedies, this one is a keeper.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Jack Mathews

    The idea of Bean fitting into this situation, even disastrously, requires more than suspension of disbelief. It requires a full blackout of reasoning. But for the converted, and fo...

  • 60

    Variety David Stratton

    Atkinson, who is in almost every scene, boasts a full-on comic personality that on the cinema screen is a bit daunting at times, and it's an open question as to whether the Carrey ...

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    British TV, Slapstick