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Mr. Bean's Holiday

Mr. Bean's Holiday
Starring:
Rowan Atkinson, Emma de Caunes, Willem DaFoe and Max Baldry


Rated: G 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: August 24, 2007 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

British comic Rowan Atkinson portrays the long-legged, goofy character Mr. Bean in his second movie outing.

Bean's childish, silly expressions and exaggerated body movements have made him a popular staple on British TV for a number of years.

The story has him winning a trip to the Cannes Film Festival. With video camera in hand, he boards a train to begin his adventure. But, as expected, he makes a mess of things with everyone he meets along the way.

Willem Dafoe plays a self-important filmmaker on his way to Cannes, but the story mostly revolves around a boy (Max Baldry) who gets separated from his dad, and Mr. Bean spends his time attempting to reunite them.

Except for a couple of squeals and words we can hardly make out, Bean, communicates mostly with his rubbery facial expressions and gangly physical pratfalls. It can become quite monotonous watching him for long periods of time.

When Atkinson is on his game he can be very amusing. One of his most effective antics came from his TV show, as he changed from his business suit to his swimsuit on a public beach, without exposing any of his skin. It was a memorable scene.

If for adults, a little of Mr. Bean goes a long way, the three ten year-old boys who joined me, though he was just great. So with the G rating, take the kids and have a good time.

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