Mr. Bean's Holiday

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Mr. Bean's Holiday
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Bendelack
Produced by Peter Bennett-Jones
Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Screenplay by Hamish McColl
Robin Driscoll
Story by Simon McBurney
Starring Rowan Atkinson
Emma de Caunes
Max Baldry
Willem Dafoe
Karel Roden
Jean Rochefort
Music by Howard Goodall
Cinematography Baz Irvine
Edited by Tony Cranstoun
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • 24 March 2007 (2007-03-24) (UK)
Running time 85 minutes
Country United Kingdom
France
Germany
Language English
French
Russian
Budget $25 million[1]
Box office $229,736,344 (worldwide)[2]

Mr. Bean's Holiday is a 2007 British comedy film, directed by Steve Bendelack and starring Rowan Atkinson, Max Baldry, Emma de Caunes and Willem Dafoe. It is the second film based on the television series Mr. Bean, following the 1997 Bean.

Plot[edit]

Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) wins a raffle and claims his prize—a holiday involving a train journey to Cannes, a Sony Handycam DCR-HC96, and €200. Bean proceeds to film his trip to the French Riviera beach on the video camera.

Upon reaching Paris, he immediately experiences a lot of mishaps, including dumping his cup of coffee on a laptop, accidentally taking a taxi, which goes to Grande Arche instead of Gar De Lyon, missing his train to Cannes when his tie gets stuck in a vending machine and is unable to bring himself to eat oysters and shrimps at the Le Train Bleu. He inadvertently separates a boy, Stepan (Max Baldry) from his father, Emil Dachevsky (Karel Roden), who happens to be a Cannes Film Festival jury member and movie critic.

Another mishap follows when Bean loses his bag aboard the train while confronting a stranger who approaches Stepan, who gets off at the next stop to meet Emil. The train that Emil boarded does not stop at the station, and he holds up a mobile number, which reads 06–08–08–07–97, but his fingers cover the last two digits. Bean and Stepan write down the possible numbers, but their first three attempts of calling Emil are unsuccessful. They board the next train, accidentally leaving Bean's ticket, passport and money behind which results in the duo being forced off the train at the next stop. The duo become friends and try to earn money to contact Emil and are successful when they mimic the music played in the street shops.

Bean, when boarding a bus bound for Cannes with Stepan, loses his ticket when it gets caught in the breeze and then snagged in the talon of a chicken, which is subsequently loaded into a pick-up truck. He then follows the truck to a pen containing thousands of chickens. He leaves the pen realising the futility of his search. Bean accidentally locks himself in an old outhouse by the side of the road after making attempts to thumb a lift as his bicycle was destroyed by a tank. After almost getting killed by a truck when he has managed to move the outhouse out on the road, Bean sets off for a place to settle for the night.

In the morning, Bean takes part in the filming of a commercial directed by Carson Clay (Willem Dafoe). When Bean's camera battery dies, he decides to recharge it, but accidentally blows up the set afterwards. Sabine (Emma de Caunes), whom Bean encountered at the commercial filming, picks him up en route to the 59th Cannes Film Festival, where Carson Clay's new film, in which she plays a small role, is going to be presented. When they stop at a petrol station, Bean finds Stepan in its café. Bean uses Sabine's cell phone to try and contact Emil, but cannot reach him yet again. When Sabine falls asleep behind the steering wheel that night, Bean takes over the driving but struggles to stay awake. They finally reach Cannes the following morning.

Sabine, while going to change her dress for the film festival, watches the TV news depicting Bean as Stepan's kidnapper and herself as an accomplice. In order not to get caught before they reach the premiere, Stepan dresses up as Sabine's daughter, while Bean dresses up as her mother. They managed to get past the police checkpoint and attend the premiere of "Playback Time", a shameless vanity production starring Carson himself who also wrote, produced and directed it. From the first few moments, the audience is horribly bored. Sabine is disappointed to see that her role has been reduced to a great extent in the film. Hoping to cheer her up, Bean goes to the projection room and plugs his camera into the projector. The ensuing scenes, featuring Sabine and Bean, coincidentally fit Carson's narration. When Bean, chased by security guards, ends up on stage while his video is being played, Emil sees footage of his son, where the film ends, and claims that Bean kidnapped him. But just as Bean is about to be arrested, Stepan appears from behind the screen and is reunited with his father. The audience gives a standing ovation for what they believe to be part of Carson's movie. Carson's initial anger fades and he embraces Bean and takes credit for the film's success.

After the screening, Bean picks up his camera, leaves the building and finally arrives at the beach, encountering many of the other characters including Sabine and Stepan. The film ends with everyone mimicking the song, "La Mer".

In a post-credits scene, Bean writes, "FIN" on the wet sand using his foot. He films it until the sea washes the words away and the camera's battery dies again.

Main cast[edit]

Rowan Atkinson at a premiere for the film in March 2007

Music[edit]

The film music was written by Howard Goodall. It has a symphonic orchestration, a sophisticated score instead of the show's tendency to simple musical repetitions and features catchy leitmotifs for particular characters or scenes.

The film official soundtrack was Crash by Matt Willis.

Release[edit]

News of the second film first broke in early 2005, suggesting that it would be written by Simon McBurney, although in December 2005, Atkinson stated that the screenplay was being written by himself and his long-time collaborator Richard Curtis.[3] The screenplay was finally confirmed to have been written by Robin Driscoll, Simon McBurney and Hamish McColl.[4] The film began shooting on 15 May 2006. Its working title was "French Bean".

It was the official film for Red Nose Day 2007, with money from the film going towards the charity Comic Relief.[5] Prior to the film's release, a new and exclusive Mr. Bean sketch was broadcast on the Comic Relief telethon on BBC One on 16 March 2007.

The movie's official premiere took place at the Odeon, Leicester Square, in London on Sunday, 25 March, and helped to raise money for both Comic Relief and the Oxford Children's Hospital Appeal charity.

Universal Pictures released a teaser trailer in November 2006,[6] and in December 2006 launched an official website online.[7]

Reception[edit]

On 18 November 2012, the film had a score of 56 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 26 reviews.[8] On Rotten Tomatoes, 50% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 110 reviews (55 "fresh", 55 "rotten") and the critical consensus stating "Mr. Bean's Holiday means well, but good intentions can't withstand the 90 minutes of monotonous slapstick and tired, obvious gags."[9]

The film was met with mixed reviews by critics. Matthew Turner of View London gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and said "Crucially, the film-makers have decided to make Bean more of a bumbling innocent, than the obnoxious and frequently mean-spirited character of the TV show", and that the film is a "surprisingly sweet comedy" with inspired gags and is much better than the previous film.[10] BBC film critic Paul Arendt gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, saying "It's hard to explain the appeal of Mr Bean. At first glance, he seems to be moulded from the primordial clay of nightmares: a leering man-child with a body like a tangle of tweed-coated pipe cleaners and the gurning, window-licking countenance of a suburban sex offender. It's a testament to Rowan Atkinson's skill that, by the end of the film he seems almost cuddly."[11] Philip French of The Observer referred to the character of Mr. Bean as a "dim-witted sub-Hulot loner" and said the plot involves Atkinson "getting in touch with his retarded inner child". French also said "the best joke is taken directly from Tati's Jour de Fete."[12] Wendy Ide of The Times gave the film 2 out of 5 stars and said "It has long been a mystery to the British, who consider Bean to be, at best, an ignoble secret weakness, that Rowan Atkinson's repellent creation is absolutely massive on the Continent." Ide said parts of the film are reminiscent of City of God, The Straight Story, and said two scenes are "clumsily borrowed" from Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Ide also wrote that the jokes are weak and one gag "was past its sell-by date ten years ago".[13] Steve Rose of The Guardian gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, said the film was full of awfully weak gags, and "In a post-Borat world, surely there's no place for Bean's antiquated fusion of Jacques Tati, Pee-Wee Herman and John Major?",[14] while Colm Andrew of the Manx Independent said "the flimsiness of the character, who is essentially a one-trick pony, starts to show" and his "continual close-up gurning into the camera" becomes tiresome.[15]

Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor gave the film a "B" and said, "Since Mr. Bean rarely speaks a complete sentence, the effect is of watching a silent movie with sound effects. This was also the dramatic ploy of the great French director-performer Jacques Tati, who is clearly the big influence here."[16] Amy Biancolli of the Houston Chronicle gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, saying "Don't mistake this simpleton hero, or the movie's own simplicity, for a lack of smarts. Mr. Bean's Holiday is quite savvy about filmmaking, landing a few blows for satire." Biancolli said the humour is "all elementally British and more than a touch French. What it isn't, wasn't, should never attempt to be, is American. That's the mistake made by Mel Smith and the ill-advised forces behind 1997's Bean: The Movie."[17] Ty Burr of the Boston Globe said "Either you'll find [Atkinson] hilarious—or he'll seem like one of those awful, tedious comedians who only thinks he's hilarious." Burr also said "There are also a few gags stolen outright from Tati", but concluded "Somewhere, Jacques Tati is smiling."[18] Tom Long of The Detroit News said "Watching 90 minutes of this stuff—we're talking broad, broad comedy here—may seem a bit much, but this film actually picks up steam as it rolls along, becoming ever more absurd." and also "Mr. Bean offers a refreshingly blunt reminder of the simple roots of comedy in these grim, overly manufactured times."[19]

Suzanne Condie Lambert of The Arizona Republic said, "Atkinson is a gifted physical comedian. And the film is a rarity: a kid-friendly movie that was clearly not produced as a vehicle for selling toys and video games", but also said, "It's hard to laugh at a character I'm 95 percent sure is autistic."[20] Lawrence Toppman of The Charlotte Observer gave the film 2½ stars out of 4 and said "If you like [the character], you will certainly like Mr. Bean's Holiday, a 10-years-later sequel to Bean. I found him intermittently funny yet almost unrelentingly creepy", and also "Atkinson doesn't have the deadpan elegance of a Buster Keaton or the wry, gentle physicality of a Jacques Tati (whose Mr. Hulot's Holiday inspired the title). He's funniest when mugging shamelessly..."[21]

Ruthe Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle said that "the disasters instigated by Bean's haplessness quickly become tiresome and predictable" but said that one scene later in the film is worth sticking around for.[22] Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News gave the film 2 out of 4 stars and said "If you've never been particularly fond of Atkinson's brand of slapstick, you certainly won't be converted by this trifle." and also "If the title sounds familiar, it's because Atkinson intends his movie to be an homage to the 1953 French classic Mr. Hulot's Holiday. Mr. Hulot was played by one of the all-time great physical comedians, Jacques Tati, and that movie is a genuine delight from start to finish. This version offers a few laughs and an admirable commitment to old-fashioned fun."[23] Phil Villarreal of the Arizona Daily Star gave the film 2 stars and said "If you've seen 10 minutes of Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean routine, you've seen it all", and "The Nazi stuff is a bit out of place in a G-rated movie. Or any movie, really", later calling Atkinson "a has-Bean".[24] Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film 1½ stars out of 4 and said "If you've been lobotomised or have the mental age of a kindergartener, Mr. Bean's Holiday is viable comic entertainment" and also, "The film, set mostly in France, pays homage to Jacques Tati, but the mostly silent gags feel like watered-down Bean."[25]

Rating[edit]

In the UK, it was classified by the British Board of Film Classification as PG for containing "irresponsible behaviour".

This film was originally given a PG rating by the Motion Picture Association of America for brief mild language, but Universal cut out most of the language (leaving Stepan saying "damn" in Russian in one shot and the same word in French in a later shot) so the film was rated G by the MPAA.[26][27] It was one of the few Universal theatrically released films to be rated G. The first film, by contrast, was rated PG-13. Mr Bean's Holiday is much cleaner in content than the original film.

DVD release[edit]

Mr. Bean's Holiday was released on DVD and HD DVD on 27 November 2007. The DVD version is in separate widescreen and pan and scan for the US markets formats. The DVD charted at No. 1 on the UK DVD Chart on its week of release.[citation needed]

There are 15 deleted scenes in the film. In a 2007 TV commercial, there was a scene where Mr Bean spills coffee on a laptop. Mr. Bean is seen by Stepan for the very first time in other scene. In another scene, Mr. Bean tricks a man to get a train ticket and stay with Stepan on the train. In another, Mr. Bean carries Stepan all the way through a plaza. In other scenes, Sabine goes off with her emotions and is almost run over by a truck, Mr. Bean does silly moves along the road (which are later seen in Carson Clay's "Playback Time"), plays with the shadows of the morning, mimes his journey to Stepan at the cafeteria, is menaced by a projectionist at the Cannes Film Festival (at the playing of Clay's movie), accidentally cuts the film roll and tries to stick it again, and Carson Clay discovers the film roll accumulating at the projector's room. Finally, Mr Bean is seen dancing at the beach, a scene that was replaced by the characters singing "La Mer".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) — Box office / business". Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mr Bean's Holiday (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Moviehole.net. Retrieved 25 February 2007
  4. ^ Paramount Comedy. Retrieved 25 February 2007
  5. ^ Comic Relief site. Retrieved 25 February 2007
  6. ^ http://video.uk.msn.com/v/en-gb/v.htm?g=8AAB9DF9-B14D-4DEB-9112-58FAD6DE1EA4&f=&fg=copy
  7. ^ http://www.beansholiday.com
  8. ^ Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved 24 August 2007
  9. ^ Mr. Bean's Holiday – Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 24 August 2007
  10. ^ Matthew Turner (28 March 2007). "Mr Bean's Holiday – London Movie Review". ViewLondon. Retrieved 25 August 2007. 
  11. ^ Paul Arendt (29 March 2007). "BBC – Movies – review – Mr Bean's Holiday". BBC. Retrieved 25 August 2007. 
  12. ^ Philip French (1 April 2007). "Mr Bean's Holiday". The Observer. UK. Retrieved 25 August 2007. 
  13. ^ Wendy Ide (29 March 2007). "Mr Bean's Holiday". The Times. UK. Retrieved 25 August 2007. 
  14. ^ Steve Rose (30 March 2007). "Mr Bean's Holiday". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 25 August 2007. 
  15. ^ Review by Colm Andrew, IOM Today
  16. ^ Peter Rainer (24 August 2007). "New in theaters". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  17. ^ Amy Biancolli (23 August 2007). "Savvy satire on filmmaking". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  18. ^ Ty Burr (24 August 2007). "Clowning around is all in good fun". Boston Globe. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  19. ^ Tom Long (24 August 2007). "Broad comedy hits its marks". The Detroit News. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  20. ^ Suzanne Condie Lambert (24 August 2007). "Mr. Bean's Holiday". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  21. ^ Lawrence Toppman (23 August 2007). "After 12 years, Atkinson's 'Bean' act still child's play". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  22. ^ Ruthe Stein (24 August 2007). "Look out, France – here comes Mr. Bean". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  23. ^ Elizabeth Weitzman (24 August 2007). "This Bean dish isn't for all tastes". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  24. ^ Phil Villarreal (23 August 2007). "Mr. Bean's reverse Midas touch getting old". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  25. ^ Claudia Puig (23 August 2007). "Humor in 'Holiday' isn't worth a hill of Bean". USA Today. Retrieved 24 August 2007. 
  26. ^ Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
  27. ^ Latest MPAA Ratings: No. 59 | Movie News | RopeofSilicon.com Entertainment News

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