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  Mr. Bean's Holiday

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Emma De Caunes, Jean Rochefort

Directed by: Steve Bendelack

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Peter Bennett-Jones

Written by: Robin Driscoll & Hamish McColl (screenplay), Simon McBurney (story)
Distributor: Universal Pictures

 
     The first two acts of Mr. Beanís Holiday are exactly what a non-fan of Rowan Atkinsonís famous character would expect: more of the same. Atkinsonís crazy, exaggerated Brit, Mr. Bean, takes to the screen here in exactly the same manner he did in the original Bean, getting himself into one series of misadventures after the next. This time around, Bean has won a trip by train to Cannes, France. On Beanís excursion, one colossal misunderstanding leads to another, and he is falsely suspected of kidnapping a famous film directorís son. The premise proves funny enough, but those indifferent to the protagonist (like myself) wonít find themselves laughing out loud during the filmís first hour. The outrageous third act, however, is an absolute riot for all viewers. Pinning the ridiculous Bean into an outlandish confrontation with a self-indulgent auteur (played by Willem Dafoe) who is showing his latest self-important film at the Cannes Film Festival, the finale is hysterically pitch-perfect. Dafoe perfectly parodies melodramatic independent filmmakers in his role, and also plays brilliantly off of the famous mannerisms of Atkinsonís abstractly-constructed Bean. This wonderful segment doesnít quite fully redeem the only occasionally-amusing first hour of Mr. Beanís Holiday, but it comes mighty close. Whatever the pictureís flaws, it certainly ends with a bang, and deserves to be recommended for this.

 

-Danny Baldwin, Bucket Reviews

Review Published on: 8.28.2007

Screened on: 8.26.2007 at the UltraStar Del Mar Highlands 8 in Del Mar, CA.

 

Mr Bean's Holiday is rated G and runs 90 minutes.


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