Bean

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Bean's first movie adventure has slapstick, gross-out humor.
  • PG-13
  • 1997
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 19 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Family and friendship is held up as important. Remaining true to yourself and attempting to fix your mistakes. Ill-advised actions often lead to disaster.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bean stays true to himself and despite the disasters he causes, is fundamentally kind hearted and always tries to fix the problems he causes. Bean's colleague David looks past Bean's flaws to forge a strong friendship. David is also good at communicating, confronting Bean in a calm manner. Some of Bean's comic behavior in the movie sets a bad example -- he shaves his tongue, drinks from a kettle, puts a peanut up his nose, and puts laxatives in a man's drink. A female character says "all the greatest chefs in the world are men."

Violence

Lots of slapstick humor and some gross-out moments. Armed police chase a scared character through an airport before holding them at gunpoint. A person wielding a gun is spotted by police during a carjacking -- a police officer draws a gun and a shot is fired. A character is mistaken for a doctor and has to operate on a patient with a bullet wound -- they pull the bullet out and blood is seen on the surgical gloves before poking around in the wound. Character thrown from a theme park ride. Mention of a motorcycle accident, victim shown unconscious in hospital with facial cuts, head bandage, and oxygen tubes. A character throws themselves across room with a defibrillator.

Sex

Photograph of a (non-explicit) naked woman replicating pose of the famous "Whistler's Mother" painting. A character gyrates their crotch at a hand dryer to dry their trousers -- the joke is it looks like they're having sex with it. Young child says they can't sleep because they can't stop thinking about naked women. A character asks what an "intrauterine device" is.

Language

Language includes "butt," "ass," "freako," "old bat," "backside," "mad old cow," and "hell." A character derogatorily refers to French people as "Frenchies." A character sticks his middle finger up at a character who in turn mistakes it for a greeting and subsequently uses it as a friendly wave to others. Gross-out humor includes an exploding bag of vomit and a character taking too many laxatives.

Consumerism

A character eats M&Ms. A large Marlboro cigarette poster is depicted.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Two characters are shown drunk in a bar and walk home singing loudly in the street. Large billboard of "Marlboro Man" smoking a cigarette.

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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byOllie_review June 20, 2019

best movie in the ENTIRE world!

very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, good. better then tv show. this my Favourite movie ever!
one scene mr bean... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMovieTeen1000 September 18, 2017

Hilarious Bean Movie is Better than you expect!

Bean was one of the most hilarious films I have seen in a while. Even though Mr. Bean creates mayhem with his slapstick shenanigans, he manages to fix everythin... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPp2018 June 2, 2021

What's the story?

In BEAN, after frustrating his supervisors with his incompetence as a guard at an art museum, Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is sent as an "expert" to an art gallery in the U.S. There he is tasked with speaking at the unveiling of the "Whistler's Mother" painting. But as with anything Bean becomes involved with, disaster is never far away.

Is it any good?

The character Bean -- or Mr. Bean -- is something of a throwback to the classic silent film comedians. A childlike man who is unabashedly consumed with enjoying himself, and incapable of considering the consequences for others, he developed a cult-like status with his U.K. TV series during the 1990s. In an effort to make the character more appealing to a U.S. audience, here the producers send Bean to Los Angeles for his cinematic debut. The result is uncomfortably uneven.

The plot is an excuse for what is really a series of slapstick sketches involving very little dialogue but many funny faces and physical contortions, and a lot of potty humor and general grossness. This movie will be most successful with kids who are already familiar with the character and appreciate that kind of comedy. However, other kids may be very uncomfortable with the gross and embarrassing situations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the comedy used in Bean. How would you characterize the humor? How does it compare to comedy you've seen in other shows and movies? Did you find this kind of humor funny? Why or why not?

  • Discuss the slapstick violence in the movie. How do you know when something "violent" is meant to be funny and not scary or real? 

  • Bean gets into a lot of scrapes in the movie. How does he feel when he realizes what he's done?

  • How did this movie compare to other Bean adventures, such as the TV or animated series?

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