Bean

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Slapstick, but gross-out humor.
  • PG-13
  • 1998
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence

Slapstick.

Sex

Comedic references.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are some sexual references. Younger kids may miss the suggestiveness of Bean's pelvic gyrations when he is trying to dry his pants in the mens' 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. Bean gives people "the finger," thinking it is a friendly gesture. 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 and his American host (Peter MacNicol as David Langley) respond to disaster at work by going out to get drunk. Langley's wife and children respond to disaster at home by leaving. His daughter is in a motorcycle accident and it is not clear whether she will be all right.

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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
Parent of a 7 and 9-year-old Written bySimon R. May 31, 2020

Most 8 year olds will be fine with this..

If you have european sensibilities (ie a bit of non revealing nudity and minor grossness is no big deal) then there is NOTHING in this movie that a 7 year old h... 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, 16 years old Written by03Sheldonerdmov... September 9, 2019

Could Rowan get any funnier? In all honesty, this puts a new look on how we see Bean.

I love how Bean was getting smarter. It's nice to see he has a friend.
Peter MacNicol deserves an even bigger paycheck than what he got.
One thing I what p... Continue reading

What's the story?

Frustrated with his work as an incompetent guard at an art museum, but unable to fire him, Mr. Bean's supervisors send him to a U.S. art gallery as an "expert," to speak at the unveiling of "Whistler's Mother."

Is it any good?

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 humor. Other kids may be very uncomfortable with the gross and embarrassing situations. Kids may enjoy knowing that Atkinson did the voice of Zazu in The Lion King (but adults will remember him as the malapropish vicar in Four Weddings and a Funeral).

One of the classic set-ups for comedy is what I refer to as the "Cat in the Hat" plot -- one or more "normal," somewhat bored characters find their lives completely (and yet somehow enjoyably) disrupted by a free- spirited character who has what a modern psychologist might refer to as "sloppy impulse control." This is the basic premise of BEAN, starring Rowan Atkinson's cult favorite, Mr. Bean. 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. In an effort to make the character more appealing to a U.S. audience, the producers have sent Mr. Bean to Los Angeles and to actually have him not only trying to solve the problem he creates but even hugging someone. The result is uncomfortably uneven.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different attitudes toward art, and about Bean's "solution" to the problems he creates. Parents may want to point out that Bean is upset by the guns carried by the police because British police don't carry guns.

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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