After conquering the box-office around the world, Bean comes
to the U. S. to try and duplicate its success here. Bean, played by
Rowan Atkinson, is like a somewhat devious Jim Carrey character; except that
Carrey's characters, for the most part, have an endearing quality that makes
their antics a little easier to swallow. Bean doesn't possess many endearing
qualities at all. In fact, he rarely speaks.
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol,
and Pamela Reed
This doesn't stop Bean from being
sent to America by London's National Art Gallery as an "art expert" to accompany "Whistler's Mother" to
its new home in a Los Angeles museum. Peter MacNicol plays the curator who
is responsible for managing the logistics of the painting and as a result,
Bean is welcomed into his home for the duration of his trip.
Bean's antics force the curator's family to leave home for the refuge of his
mother-in-law's house. Bean single-handedly destroys his kitchen while preparing
a meal for guests. And, on a sight-seeing trip of Los Angeles, Bean manages
to jerry-rig a virtual reality ride to function at warp speed. Of course, when
a bumbling idiot like Bean is paired with a $50 million painting, there is
little hope that the painting will remain unscathed.
character, does have his moments. An introductory scene depicting him on
duty as a guard in the National Art Gallery is hilarious. Later comic
scenes fair much worse and, after awhile, I just wanted the man to say something
rather than screwing up his face or snorting his way through a situation. A
little Bean goes a long way.
Bean, the movie, is perfect for a night's rental but really not worth the
money to see on the big screen. The Brits may have found this movie worth seeing
again and again, but I didn't.
Atkinson played the hot-shot comedian Ron Anderson in The Tall Guy with
Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)