Bean (Rowan Atkinson) works as a caretaker at Britain's formidable Royal National Gallery, and his bosses want to fire him because he sleeps at work all the time, but can't because the chairman of the gallery's board defends him. They send him to the U.S., to the small Los Angeles art gallery instead, where he'll have to officiate at the opening of the greatest U.S. picture ever (called "Whistler's Mother").
In the series there is a scene in which Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) takes an art class but can't stand to look at the nude model so he places a clay bra, he made himself, over her breasts. A similar idea was proposed for the movie for a scene in the Royal National Gallery (the British museum at which Mr. Bean works at the beginning of the movie) in which Mr. Bean tries to conceal various nude art forms from three young girls. See more »
When Bean accidentally launches the glass swan across the room from the stereo, it deflects off the picture and, not only knocks it to the floor, but also puts a large crack in it, just above the middle. However, in the next scene when it falls, the crack is suddenly changed to being on the top edge. See more »
Flashbacks of the movie appear at the beginning of the closing credits. See more »
Noticeably, the turkey scene is different between the US and UK releases of the film. According to Rowan Atkinson on 'Bean Scenes Unseen', this was because of the very different reactions from the North American and European audiences.
On the US release, Bean has already taken the turkey out of the fridge when David walks into the kitchen. After finding nothing else in the fridge perfect for dinner, David tells Bean to stuff the turkey while he distracts Mr. Grierson and his wife. As in the episode "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean", Bean proceeds to stuff the turkey with his bare hands, only to lose his watch in the turkey. He sticks his head inside the turkey, and then begins walking around with the turkey on his head. David pulls the turkey off Bean's head, and Bean pulls his watch out of his mouth. Then, they cram the turkey in the microwave. Dave suggests heating it for 20 minutes and does so. He then hands Bean a pot holder and tells him to cook up some veggies and come to say hello to the Griersons.
On the UK release, David enters the kitchen as he does in the US version. However, it cuts to Bean still rummaging through the fridge as David approaches him. Bean pulls out two hot dogs, but David suggests that the Griersons might be expecting something more formal, so Bean puts the hot dogs back. He then pulls out a raw onion, which David refuses. Bean hands the onion to David and then pulls the turkey out. After finding nothing else in the fridge, David asks Bean if he has ever cooked a turkey, and Bean says that he has. David than suggests that it could take 5 hours, to which Bean, getting an idea, replies, "Not necessarily!" They are then shown cramming the stuffed turkey in the microwave, but now, their roles are reversed, Bean has no traces of stuffing in his hair, and the microwave is a different model. After Bean starts the microwave, David asks Bean if he is sure it will work. Bean insists that he is the chef, so David tells him to cook up some veggies and come say hello, but does not hand him a pot holder.
"Bean" is the average but warm-hearted, large screen adventure of Rowan Atkinson's bumbling but strangely likable character.
With a smörgåsbord of talent behind this film, there are a few genuine laughs but, sadly, they're few and far between. This film could have been so much better in the hands of another director. Mel Smith appears to have been on cruise-control making this movie. It's a case of comedy by numbers and the film never seems to shift gear.
The always amusing Peter MacNicol is excellent as the suffering David Langley and provides the perfect foil to Atkinson's Bean.
An average comedy movie, it's worth a viewing if there's nothing else on the television.
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