Bean

Welcome back, Mr. Bean! After a too-long hiatus, it's a breath of fresh air to see you out and about, innocent as ever, unwitting in the havoc you wreak and clueless in the chaos you cause. In Mr. Bean's Holiday (the title echoes Jacques Tati's breezy 1953 classic Mr. Hulot's Holiday), the resourceful man-child Bean (Rowan Atkinson) wins a church raffle that packs him off to the beaches of the south of France. But getting there is all the funny, as he is detoured by one mishap after another. En route, he comes to the "aid" of a Cannes Film Festival judge's young son, who is separated (no thanks to Bean) from his father at the train station. Bean also stumbles upon a commercial shoot directed by a stereotypical egomaniacal American filmmaker (Willem Dafoe), and crosses paths with an aspiring actress (a charming Emma de Caunes) also on her way to Cannes. Mr. Bean's Holiday, an upgrade over the 1997 feature Bean, was a box-office smash around the world, but in the States, not so much. Here, the shock gag has replaced the sight gag, and this G-rated Holiday might be considered by more jaded viewers as out of step with contemporary tastes (unlike Borat, there is not a mean-spirited bone in Bean's gangly, malleable body). But in the classic tradition of the silent-movie clowns, Bean's visual comedy is universal and requires little translation (there are limited subtitles in this film). Younger children will find a kindred spirit in Bean, who exists in some kind of state of grace, whether trying to digest a disgusting seafood dinner or hilariously lip-syncing to an opera in a public square. --Donald Liebenson

Genre: Comedy, Family
Director(s): Mel Smith
Production: Universal Pictures
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.4
Metacritic:
52
Rotten Tomatoes:
41%
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
1997
107
691 Views

[The Langleys have a conference discussing Mr. Bean's arrival]

Jennifer Langley:
[sarcastically] You're kidding.

David Langley:
Come on, it's gonna be great! Let's say there's a chart of the most intelligent people you've ever met in your lives. Well, at number one with the bullet is Dr. Bean.

[The entire family except for David sighs]

David Langley:
Kevin, you know how sometimes you ask me questions that I can't answer.

Kevin Langley:
Yeah, like "What is an intrauterine device"?

David Langley:
I think more like "What's the meaning of life?"

Kevin Langley:
I never asked you that.

David Langley:
That's fine. It doesn't matter! What I'm saying here is that Dr. Bean is a very remarkable man. [to Jennifer] Hey, for all you know, he could be very cute. [cuts to Bean standing in London raising his eyebrows at the camera and walking off. Cuts back to Jennifer]

Jennifer Langley:
Come on, the guy's gonna be a creep. All Englishmen are ugly. I just look at Prince Charles and weep.

David Langley:
Okay, so he's gonna look like Meat Loaf's butt.

Jennifer Langley:
Yeah, and that's if we get lucky.

[Jennifer prepares to leave the room]

David Langley:
Jennifer, no one is asking you to marry him!

Jennifer Langley:
I don't know why we have these family conferences if Dad's already made up his mind. [Alison comes out of the kitchen]

Alison Langley:
Perceptive child.

Kevin Langley:
Hey, what's wrong with Meat Loaf's butt?

David Langley:
[stands up and shouts loudly across the room] Oh, come on, everybody! It's gonna be great! Dr. Bean is a genius at the very highest order!

[Bean attempts to run away from the LAX security officers after they think he is hiding a gun]

LAX Security Officer 1:
Police! Get on him now!

[LAX Security Officers 3 and 4 start to join the chase]

LAX Security Officer 3:
Move it!

[Bean takes a walkalator in the opposite direction because he is surrounded]

LAX Security Officer 1:
Police! Come on! Come on, watch it! Watch it! Everybody, out of the way! In pursuit of a 415, male with a gun heading into zone 10, terminal 2. Get your people over here now! Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Move it! Move! Move! Move! Police! Coming through!

[LAX Security Officers 2, 5, and 6 taking the same walkalator as Bean]

LAX Security Officer 1:
Come on, lady! Watch it! Move! There he is! There he is! Move! Move! Move! Police! everyone on the floor now! [Everybody lies down on the floor including Bean]

Old Woman:
Not you, sweetie.

Mr. Bean:
Oh, right.

[Bean gets up from the floor and runs but is stopped by four LAX security officers by pointing their weapons at him, with two more arriving at the airport's waiting area, behind Bean, so that he cannot escape]

LAX Security Officer 1:
Carefully take out your weapon, holding the butt with two fingers only. Slowly place it on the floor and take three steps back.

[Bean takes out a weapon by placing his hand into his packet, brings it back out in the shape of a gun, and places it on the floor while being surrounded by six LAX security officers, confusing them]

LAX Security Officer 1:
What is this?

LAX Security Officer 2:
I don't know.

LAX Security Officer 1:
Weird.

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