Mr. Bean's Holiday

  • Review Date: November 26, 2007
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Slight, slapstick-heavy comedy will amuse kids.
  • Review Date: November 26, 2007
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mr. Bean's intentions are always good, but his behavior is quite inappropriate at times (which is the whole joke behind the character): He displays bad manners, is inconsiderate of others, and generally causes trouble wherever he lands. He sometimes "borrows" things that don't belong to him, and he doesn't always give them back. In the end, the film has a nice (if not exactly trumpeted) message about helping people and doing the right thing.

Violence & scariness

Cartoonish, exaggerated slaps, falls, and pratfalls throughout. A suicidal man jumps off a bridge, but no physical injuries are shown on screen. A vicious dog with bared teeth appears suddenly (but briefly). A military attack on unsuspecting villagers is quickly revealed to be part of a movie production.

Sexy stuff

Mr. Bean has a very innocent crush on Sabine.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A Sony video camera plays a prominent role in the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids are sure to giggle at Mr. Bean's ridiculous mugging and all of this comic farce's falls, accidents, and treacherous near-misses. Although the movie doesn't have much dialogue (you don't really need it to keep up with Bean's broad humor), what little there is, is mostly in subtitled French (or Russian), which could be tricky for kids who aren't yet proficient readers. And a few moments could be scary (a faux military attack on a quiet village, for instance) if kids aren't good at distinguishing real from imaginary.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY, Rowan Atkinson returns as the accident-prone simpleton who's completely out of his depth in the sophisticated, high-tech world in which he lives. This time out, Londoner Mr. Bean wins a dream vacation to the glorious French Riviera. Along the way, he's inadvertently (but no less directly) responsible for separating Stephan (Max Baldry), a bright and appealing young boy, from his caring father, Emil (Karel Roden). Chaos and mayhem follow as Mr. Bean tries to get the pair back together. In incident after incident, Mr. Bean makes all the wrong choices and all the wrong moves, until good fortune and Sabine (Emma de Caunes), a beautiful French actress, smile on him and lead him and Stephan to their happy endings.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Mr. Bean's Holiday is directed and performed in a way that's very reminiscent of a silent movie. Most of the laughs come from the rubber face, wide eyes, and clueless behavior of the talented Atkinson. It's slapstick in some places, parody and satire in others.

This Mr. Bean film features moments of uproarious humor -- as well as scenes that are repetitive, go on too long, and have a "seen-that-before" aura. Sequences in which Mr. Bean encounters a giant prawn in an elegant restaurant, tries to earn money as a street musician, and lets all of the hot air out of auteur film director Carson Clay (Willem Dafoe) in a Cannes Film Festival screening room are works of comic genius. Other scenes -- say, when Mr. Bean gets stuck in a tiny shack, or leaves something vital behind by mistake (again) -- are less-inspired. Bottom line? Audiences who like their laughs with subtlety and wit will find a lot lacking. But fans of Mr. Bean won't be disappointed. And kids of all ages who idolize Wile E. Coyote will be charmed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences between animated violence and cartoonish, live-action violence that features real people in dangerous situations. How do you know when something "violent" is meant to be funny and not scary or real? Why does Mr. Bean get in so much trouble? Does he mean to cause so much damage? How does he feel when he realizes what he's done?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 23, 2007
DVD release date:November 27, 2007
Cast:Max Baldry, Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe
Director:Steve Bendelack
Studio:Studio Canal
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Misfits and underdogs
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 11 years old January 6, 2010
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2
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AWFUL MOVIE

three words: WORST MOVIE EVER It all sarted when mr bean won the camara. Bad things just kept happening, hardly any good things, made me frustrated
Parent of a 9 year old Written byMommyA.M. January 2, 2010
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6
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Good, clean, fun

I love Mr. Bean, and this one is good clean fun! This movie is great for a good laugh!!! My nine year old loves it too!
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustino4 October 10, 2011
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4
QUALITY
 

Good Family Movie for 4+

I think Mr. Bean's Holiday is a good family film although small kids will flinch at a somewhat scary scene or two and probably could not read the subtitles--which actually include two d words.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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