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Call him hilarious. Call him laugh-out-loud funny. But whatever you do call him BEAN. In the comedy that rocked America, Rowan Atkinson is the outrageous Mr. Bean, sent on a mission to California to escort the world famous painting of "Whistler's Mother" to its new home in The Grierson Gallery. What the gallery owner, one of the richest men in America, and his curator David Langley (Peter MacNicol) believe, is that Mr. Bean is Dr. Bean, a renowned art expert. In fact he is just a sleepy-headed, wildly eccentric museum guard. He's also the clumsiest, craziest, wackiest, wildest, most bizarre character they have ever come across, and certainly not someone you'd entrust one of the world's most valuable paintings to. But they have - and now wreaking havoc in the Grierson Gallery and wrecking Langley's marriage is just the beginning. With only hours to go before the official unveiling by the museum's benefactor, General Newton (Burt Reynolds), something terrible has happened to "Whistler's Mother" and only one man has the power to put it right. The only problem is… that man is BEAN.
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Critics Consensus: Bean boasts a terrifically talented physical comedian in the title role, but his constant mugging and silly slapstick quickly wear thin.
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Common Sense Says
Bean's first movie adventure has slapstick, gross-out humor.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bean is a feature-length movie -- based on the popular comedy TV series -- starring Rowan Atkinson with slapstick, gross-out humor, and some mild sexual references. Grossness includes an exploding vomit bag on the plane, a very wet sneeze onto a painting, an overdose of laxatives, and a candy dropped into an open incision, washed off, and eaten. Bean (Atkinson) and his American host, David Langley (Peter MacNicol) respond to disaster at work by going out to get drunk. Langley's daughter is in a motorcycle accident and it is not clear whether she will be all right. She is shown unconscious in hospital with facial cuts and oxygen tubes. Guns also feature in the movie, with armed police officers chasing a frightened Bean through an airport and a police officer drawing a gun on an armed carjacker. A police officer is shot and ends up in hospital with a bullet wound. Younger kids may miss the suggestiveness of Bean's pelvic gyrations when he is trying to dry his pants in the men's room. But a young boy says that he can't sleep because he keeps thinking about naked women and asks what an intrauterine device is. There is a modern version of "Whistler's Sister," featuring a nude photograph. Bean gives people "the finger," thinking it is a friendly gesture. A female character says "all the greatest chefs in the world are men."
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- Release Date:October 17, 1997
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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