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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Actors: Rowan Atkinson ... / DVD released 20 August, 2007 at Universal Pictures UK / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      27.12.2012 14:04
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      Terrible slapstick 'comedy'.

      Oh dear, oh dear I'm still trying to fathom out how I managed to sit through 85 minutes of this drivel which was first shown back in 2007. The film cost $25 million and netting worldwide at the box office ten times that amount.

      A couple of evenings back we were looking for a family film to sit down to watch and fell on this. My little boy likes Mr Bean and I felt it would be a nice uplifting film for us to all sit down and watch. As a rule I don't tend to watch Mr Bean. I find him quite frustrating and always find myself on edge. Yes I know it is meant to be entertainment but the fact you can see things 5 minutes before he does them I don't think helps. The fact he also can't speak besides a few droning moans doesn't help.

      Without divulging too much of the story it starts with Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) entering a raffle of which the first prize was a holiday in Cannes, France, along with some spending money and a camcorder. Not a lot can go wrong with that can it? No. Well as you'd expect in his case, yes.

      He starts the holiday off alone but is not alone for too long on his eventful journey on the train south. His destination and events I will leave to yourselves to find out - although an element that may surprise many is the involvement of Mr Bean with a beautiful lady called Sabine played by Emma de Caunes. How romantic it got I won't say but fortunately you don't need to reach for your sick bags.

      I found this film totally irritating and annoying. If it wasn't for the odd giggle from my little lad it would have gone off within 20 minutes. Even a few minutes of this slapstick humour is too much for me and it is understandable why many such programmes last for only a short period - maybe 20 minutes or so. Okay Laurel and Hardy could get away with longer silent movies but the writers and producers are not in that league and to have everybody else in the film talking except him is just plain stupid.

      Do I recommend the fim? I wouldn't sit down and watch it if I was paid let alone through choice. For those who really do want to torture yourselves it is available new on Amazon for about a fiver.

      Copyright stebiz 2012 - also on ciao.co.uk

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        15.03.2010 23:40
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        Overall, a funny movie full of mishaps for everyone

        I've watched the TV series of Mr Bean for many years and always found it to be good in small doses and at times can be very funny and other times gets on my nerves and can be a bit repetitive. I watched the DVD Mr. Bean's Holiday recently to see what it was like and it's not too bad really.

        Rowan Atkinson is back as Mr Bean in another adventure filled with mishaps and humour. The plot is pretty simple as you'd imagine for Mr Bean. He wins an all expenses paid beach vacation to France. So he sets off on a once in a lifetime experience. Surprisingly he goes alone and not with his famous Teddy. And so the fun and mayhem begins as the accident prone character does what he does best. He accidentally manages to abduct the child of a Cannes' film festival judge, lose his luggage, money and train fare, amongst other things.

        I found this comedy very funny and witty. The thing with Mr Bean that's so amusing at times is that he's so innocent and just doesn't know what he's doing half the time. Rowan Atkinson for me always plays this character brilliantly as well and is a comedic genius in this role as usual. He managed to deliver the right mix of wit without the use of alot of dialogue. This movie is suitable for all really and a mix of ages.

        I thought the movie wasn't all about laughs but actually delivered a well thought out, decent storyline as well. There are a few heartfelt scenes as well.

        There are also some special features in this DVD which show some of the delted scenes that are extremely funny. I managed to pick this movie up for under £5 as well which was great. I highly recommend this movie to anyone and if you like the TV show then you will enjoy this offering too I'm sure.

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          24.11.2009 22:00
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          Insubstantial but still fun

          note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

          Mr. Bean is without a doubt a British comic icon; star Rowan Atkinson's performance perhaps isn't always laugh-out-loud hilarious, but given how his character doesn't speak, and is more Chaplin-esque, it's surprising that some of the situations from the TV show are as funny as they are. Nevertheless, we saw one fairly underwhelming film involving the character in 1997 with Bean, but here we get something a little fresher, as Bean heads to France in what is reportedly going to be the final entry into his adventures.

          Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) wins a trip to Cannes, where obviously, the Cannes film festival is taking place, and he documents his antics with a trusty video camera. He bumps into Emil Dachevsky (Karel Roden) in due course, who is both a film critic and member of the Cannes jury, but when Bean and Dachevsky's son, Stepan (Max Baldry) board the train, his dad is unable to get on, and so the two are left to their own devices on an adventure around France. Here, they meet Sabine (Emma de Caunes), a driver and potential love interest for Bean, and there's also a baffling cameo by Willem Dafoe as a film director.

          It's difficult to make a film with a protagonist who barely speaks, but this outing wasn't too bad considering that. It's more about frolics than outright laughs, but it does a service to the character and Atkinson's performance is typically strong. There were a few laugh out loud moments, yet I have no idea what Willem DaFoe was doing in this film. It's an odd one, focusing on the Cannes film festival, but mostly it does work.

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          20.11.2009 13:40
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          a bit of light hearted Bean fun

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          "Disaster has a passport"

          Introduction

          I grew up with Mr Bean and I loved his shows. He was a great entertainer and very funny especially when I was younger. He didn't always have much to say and spoke mostly in mumble form but he was a hilarious character. He was made famous and was funny for his actions rather than what he actually had to say. The first Bean movie (which I may review later) came out in 1997 and this one came out 10 years later in 2007 and was said to be Bean's last major outing. The film had a mixed reception amongst film critics upon initial release.

          Plot

          Mr Bean's Holiday stars Rowan Atkinson as the now most infamous character of Mr Bean as he embarks on a trip across the English Channel to France. He wins the holiday after he enters a church raffle and the prize is a trip to France as well as a camcorder. After boarding a Eurostar train and arriving in Paris, the French language proves a barrier for Bean, as he struggles to get across the city to catch a train to the south of France (Cannes) where he is looking to spend some time relaxing on the beach. In typical Bean fashion though everything that can go wrong does go wrong such as losing his suitcase and passport and managing to separate a young boy from his father. Will he be able to get to Cannes and enjoy his holiday?

          Opinion

          This is a great fun filled family comedy not to be taken too seriously. The film has a light plot, good soundtrack and decent performances from the cast. Mr Bean has a certain type of humour which is quite slapstick in nature, almost child like and immature but it is enjoyable and funny for a certain audience. I personally did find it funny and I guess to find it funny you have to realise what Mr Bean is all about and although he does not have clever and witty dialogue, his mannerisms and acting are quite clever and funny. Overall Mr Bean's Holiday is a great family movie that will keep the kids in hysterics and the adults very happy as well. It's not going to amaze people, but in terms of fun this movie is great.

          Release date: 30 March 2007

          Running time: 90 min.

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            07.11.2009 17:41
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            Wasn't very impressed by it, but If you want to watch it, do so at your own risk.

            Mr Beans Holiday is a comedy film starring Rowan Atkinson, directed by Steve Bendelack. The film was released on the 30th March 2007 and lasts 90minutes long, being distributed by Universal Pictures. Mr Beans Holiday was the official Red Nose Day Film 2007, with some of the profits being donated to the charity. I have mixed feelings about the film, all will be explained during the review.

            The basic storyline for Mr Beans Holiday is quite predictable. Mr Bean attends a Raffle Draw, which he has entered into, for a holiday down to Cannes along with 300 Euros spending money and a camcorder. Already there is a pitfall, as soon as he enters through the door you know he's already won it, even though there will be some kind of complication in the middle. The film being called "Mr Beans Holiday", more or less means it's impossible that he doesn't win the holiday or what is the point of him being there. In this way it's very predictable, but on the upside they get it over and done with quickly. Mr Bean ends up on the train and arrives in Paris, the only footage shown of the train ride is Mr Bean getting over excited with his camcorder and making some stupid faces. He then attempts to take a Taxi to the next station, but ends up getting into the wrong taxi and being dropped off half way across Paris, with the train station nowhere to be found. Following a map he eventually finds the station only to miss the train because he gets his tie stuck in a vending machine. This is one of the "Classic" parts of the film for me, it brings back memories of Mr Bean buying cakes, while behind him his car gets crushed by a tank. I think the reason why I find this funny Is because of the sheer disrespect Mr Bean has for anyone else, it's funny to see him not get his own way, which he always desires. Mr Bean gets the next train down to Cannes but has a misunderstanding and makes a young boy's dad miss the train. He then feels guilty, which I'm not sure he has ever before and starts to look after the boy. The only problem is that the boys Dad has reported the boy as being abducted and Mr Bean is the prime suspect.

            One of the main parts that really does annoy me during the DVD is the first 10 minutes. Ok, yes it is very predictable, which I have said before, but to add to that the first 10 minutes exactly have credits over the top. Come on, it's not the end of the film yet! The few main Directors and Actors are usually put at the start of the film but to put virtually the whole of the cast in the first 10 minutes is ridiculous. Another of the aspects that was pretty annoying was the fact that a lot of the background actors are clearly seen more than once and it's very obvious. At the start of the film when Mr Bean goes into the train terminal he walks past a man playing a Saxophone kind of instrument, the same person is seen about four times during the film. This really does annoy me, when the directors are trying to make it look realistic and then they use the background actors more than once. It would be nice to know exactly how much they pay the background actors because surely they could afford a few more, even double the amount as they did make a whopping $229,736,334 (229Million) revenue from the film.

            One of the main objectives of the directors for the film was to try and show how Bean would survive in a culture that he is not familiar with, being in France, he doesn't know how to speak French so he has to go about as he usually does, not communicating with people. I thought that this was a really good idea the only downside being that it was very much out of context. In the older series, the classics, Mr bean generally fitted in with his clothing and hairstyle, but in the film everything else had gone modern. Everyone is wearing modern clothes and Mr Bean is stood there in his old fashioned suit and tie and polished shoes with his combed across hair. It just doesn't work because he sticks out like a sore thumb, they have taken Mr Bean into the 21st century. This might have been the objective of the Directors and Writers but I'd say that it wasn't the right thing to do.

            With the older series, they were short ten or fifteen minute sequences that overall were pretty funny. One of the best parts was that he communicated with people without really talking, but in this film he does exactly the same thing. I would go to the extent of saying that he talks more in this film than he did in the previous series, and he can't even speak the language. Maybe it was ok for the first series but to sit through a whole 90minutes of the main character hardly talking was one of the many other downsides that I found with the film.

            I did like the story line because it was really well set out and planned, but another of the bits that I didn't like was that they showed a lot of the film through Mr Beans Camcorder, as he had it on nearly 100% of the time, they just took clips out of that and put them smack bang in the middle of the film.

            One of the few parts that I really did like was the acting as a whole. Rowan Atkinson is a very good actor, but I think that the film wasn't as good as the old classics, not being affected by his acting but just by the layout and feel of the film. The other actors were very good, Willen Defoe was the Producer of the film in the story line, continuing his bad-guy act from Spiderman with a more or less corrupt Producer who out of jealousy cut out Sabine's scene in the film. The young boy that Mr Bean looked after was played by Max Boldry and Sabine was played by Emma de Caines. Both of them acted very well and did really work well with Rowan Atkinson in his main role.

            The film ended, giving me another rant. They ended with all of the main characters in swimming wear on the beach in Cannes, Mr Beans Original destination. What I hated about it was that they ended it with a song, the whole of the cast miming the song, surely they could find a much better way of ending the film?

            Overall, as you might have guessed from the main content of my review, I wasn't that impressed with the film as a whole. It was entertaining to say the least, with some very funny parts, but disappointingly I have to say the downsides greatly outnumbered the good parts. I'm not sure whether I could recommend this film, All I will say is If you want to risk it, go for it.


            ~~ Information ~~

            Directed by Steve Bendelack
            Produced by Peter Bennet-Jones, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
            Written by Screenplay: Hamish McColl, Robin Driscoll
            Story: Simon McBurney
            Characters: Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis
            Starring Rowan Atkinson, Emma de Caunes, Max Baldry, Willem Dafoe
            Music by Howard Goodall
            Cinematography - Baz Irvine
            Editing by Tony Cranstoun
            Distributed by Universal Pictures
            Release date - Uk, 30th March 2007
            Language English, French, Russian
            Budget $25 million
            Gross revenue $229,736,344 (worldwide) - Someone is rich.

            For more info please check out these sites.
            Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Bean%27s_Holiday - (**Contains Full Plot Spoiler**)
            IMBD - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0453451/
            MrBean - http://www.mrbean.co.uk/

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              21.07.2009 22:34
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              Amazing film, recommendation from me

              Mr Beans holiday is another of Rowan Atkinson's amazingly hilarious films. He is a brilliant actor and really knows how to make people laugh. I love this film and always watch it, over and over.

              It all starts when Mr Bean wins a trip to Cannes, but being Mr Bean, things can't run that smoothly. Whats meant to be a simple train ride straight there, turns into a chaotic nonsense ridden journey. He first looses his passport and travel documents before boarding the train and instantly get shhoved together with a young french boy. He accompanies him throughout the film.

              When arriving in France, Mr Bean and the young french boy perform in a small market town, creating money for themselves. They then tem up with a french woman with a car exactly like Mr Beans green car. The public beleive Mr Bean to have captured the young french boy and that he has been kidnapped, this is not true.

              Mr Bean heroically takes the boy back to his father at the premiere of a new film, after a few more mishaps along the way!

              My favourite part of the film, is where he stumbles upon a small french town, when suddenly, a tank comes over the wall and blows a building up. But dont worry! it's all part of a television commercial which he finds himself thrown into as an extra. He then causes more chaos when he need to chatge his video camera up - as you do - and he unplugs the detonation device. The Director preses the button and nothing happens, so when Mr Bean replugs the plug back in, the director is hit by the blast.

              i think this is a hilarious film, great for all the family. Youll laugh your socks off! An unforgettable film, with Mr Bean it always seems the case. Rowan Atkinson is a brilliant actor, who knows exactly how to make people laugh. This is another one of his amazing films.

              I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a good laugh. Great for all ages, young and old. I laughed all throughout this film, which can be a nuisance for other people who want to hear whats happening!

              All those Mr Bean fans, prepare to be blown away again by some more action packed humour

              5 star

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                03.06.2009 21:44
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                Classic Bean.

                As a young child when Mr Bean was first around, I greatly looked forward to the release of this film. Containing all the classic Bean jokes, the film was very enjoyable. There were even a few new comic moments thrown in - Bean in drag was something I hadn't seen before! This and the combination of some classic French songs is simply a match made in heaven!

                As such a tried and tested character it seems only natural that this film was at times repetetive and predicatable. This didn't distract much from my enjoyment of it. On the other hand, the fact that Mr Bean rarely talks and that at times the plot was complex made the story rather slow at times.

                All in all though, I thoroughly enjoyed watching 'Mr Bean's Holiday' and wish I'd had a young child to watch it with - I imagine the film accompanied by loads of laughter would have enhanced the experience even more.

                You face one risk by watching 'Mr Bean's Holiday' - an overwhelming desire to purchase a holiday in Southern France!

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                  15.02.2009 14:39
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                  Bean is on a mission to reunite father and son - but lots of fun on the way!

                  I spotted Mr. Bean's Holiday on one of the movie channels we now have, and being quite keen on Mr. Bean, could not pass on the opportunity.



                  Story

                  Mr. Bean wins an exciting holiday in France, and goes there looking forward to spending time on the beach in Cannes. However, as those familiar with Mr Bean's adventures (or should I say misadventures) things go disastrously wrong along the way. Somehow, he manages to separate a boy from his despairing father, then loses his suitcase, passport and tickets as he struggles to make things right. He must then find a way to take the boy to Cannes and reunite him with his dad. All the way, he takes along his video camera, and so his triumphs and tribulations documented as he and the boy attempt to beg, borrow and buy their way there.

                  The story is very typical of Mr Bean, with everything going wrong, often at the fault of either misfortune or Bean's own stupidity. At times you really cringe for him, and at others you can't help but laugh. If you are looking for some good old British humour, this is perfect.

                  Acting/Characters

                  Rowan Atkinson is a favourite among British comedians for me, and although I tended to prefer him in the Blackadder series, I always enjoy his Bean character. Speech is usually minimal, although I think he speaks a little more in films. Nevertheless, being around people who appear not to speak English (not that he asked!), he often needs to rely on miming. I love watching him trying to communicate and misunderstanding people.

                  On his journey, Bean meets Sabine, an actress stuck in the shadow of nightmare director Carson Clay. She is played by Emma de Caunes. In the film she was primarily pretty with a nice smile, but I'm not sure that apart from this there was anything special about her. I don't think this really matters as the only person we are ever interested in when watching Bean shows and movies is Mr Bean himself.

                  The boy, Max Baldry, is sweet and his character develops quite nicely, in the way you might expect a young, slightly moody but good boy to be. He complements Bean's character nicely, being the more sensible of the pair but still participating in Bean's crazy adventures, trusting him in spite of all his stupid mistakes.

                  Wilem Dafoe plays Carson Clay, an actor/producer/director who clearly things he is the best thing since sliced bread, but his films are about as boring as eating ten loaves of plain, unbuttered bread. He is one spoilt brat and it shows, but his role is not that significant in the film and I am glad. I think it would have spoiled the tone of the film and distracted us from the main plot. He presents well as someone who might be trouble, but really has more of an eye-rolling character than a serious threat.

                  Film qualities

                  The soundtrack has got some French music - to be expected since it is set in France - and one or two well known English songs. Most notably - and very fitting for Bean if I might say - is Mr Bombastic. Bean has a most hilarious scene where he attempts to entertain a crowd in order to earn enough money to eat and get Stepan and himself to Cannes. This is the scene that makes the whole film worth watching. The music chosen is totally random, and fits somehow brilliantly with Mr. Bean as he mimes along and moves a whole crown of people.

                  Being set in France, the travel scenes are really quite attractive, although my mum commented at one point that she thought it was Italy, rather than France, that we were seeing. In fact I hope Bean enjoyed his holiday from the start, wherever this was, because it was certainly picturesque, from the markets to the long stretches of country roads and more.

                  Classification

                  The film was rated as a PG, and I'm not really sure what stopped it from being a U to be honest! At the end of the day Mr Bean is a real family character and no one should miss out on this. I suppose the only thing that I can think of is that there are scenes that some parents may not want their kids to see, like the war set and explosions - possibly a bit violent, or the idea of a kid trusting some random man to look after him - after all, not everyone is as nice as good old Mr. Bean.

                  Conclusion

                  This is a great family film, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages as long as you like a bit of silly humour. I don't think I would mind watching it again, but it's not a film I'd go out of my way to see more than once, so my recommendation is either to rent the DVD or see it on television. Still, a very nice movie that is well worth seeing.

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                    08.02.2009 14:26
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                    Great Mr Bean fun

                    Love him or hate him Mr Bean is here again and this time he's gone on holiday.

                    Mr Bean's holiday is extremely similar to the other Mr Bean material and so if you are a fan of Mr Bean then this film is definitely worth watching.

                    The film begins with Mr Bean winning a holiday to France. When he gets there he basically ends up having disaster after disaster leading to him having a tag along kid he has to look after.

                    In true bean style there is very limited dialogue from Atkinson and the dialogue from the french characters is in French so there are subtitles but this does not hinder the viewing.

                    Basically Mr beans holiday is a slap stick, fun filled feature length film that encompasses everything we like about Bean and more. Some of the gags are very similar to gags that we have seen in the past in Bean material but this does not spoil the film in any way.

                    Basically if you like Mr Bean and have enjoyed Mr Bean material in the past you will probably enjoy this film. If not you will probably think it is the most stupid film you have ever seen!

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                    30.01.2009 17:12
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                    Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes.

                    Directed by: Steve Bendelack
                    Story by: Simon McBurney
                    Screenplay by: Hamish McColl
                    Genre: Comedy
                    Country: UK/France/Germany/USA
                    Certification: PG
                    Language: English & Gibberish
                    Released: 20th August, 2007 (DVD)


                    MAIN CAST:

                    Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean)
                    Preston Nyman (Boy with Train)
                    Emma de Caunes (Sabine)
                    Willem Dafoe (Carson Clay)


                    Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes. Having managed to get into the wrong taxi that subsequently delivers him to the wrong destination, he ends up having to walk to the train station where he promptly manages to miss his train.

                    After a disastrous meal in a posh French restaurant, he finally manages to catch his train, but unwittingly causes a father and son to be separated from each other. Feeling somewhat guilty, Mr. Bean attempts to assist the boy by reuniting him with his father, however, things only go from bad to worse.

                    Just as things go from bad to worse for Mr. Bean during his holiday, so does the movie go straight downhill after the first 10 minutes. This is, without a doubt, the worst movie I have ever seen, and 30 minutes after having watched it I still have not recovered from the shock of seeing Mr. Bean in the most shamefully bungling performance of his career.

                    Rowan Atkinson gives a mediocre 1990's Jim Carrey imitation performance that will leave his loyal fans thoroughly disappointed and disillusioned. How could Atkinson have allowed Mr. Bean to be turned into one of those pitiful street-corner monkeys with the little red suits and hat that beg for money!

                    The story is absolute and total rubbish, and Mr. Bean's mishaps are so ludicrously inane that you can't help but feel ashamed that the rest of the world will be seeing this movie. Just as the British Film Industry has managed to carve a place for itself at the top of the industry with such movies as 'The Pianist' - 'Trainspotting' - 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' - 'The English Patient' - 'Billy Elliot' - 'London to Brighton' - and a few other gems, 'Mr. Bean's Holiday' comes along and shouts out to the world that we too can create totally useless movies for the sole purpose of earning a quick buck.

                    'Mr. Bean's Holiday' is nothing more than a painfully long 89 minute sketch that attempts to milk laughs and fails to draw even a hint of a smile.

                    The Mr. Bean that we loved so dearly has turned into a one man circus act that runs around in circles without ever getting anywhere.

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                      01.01.2009 21:16
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                      i wasnt impressed with this film

                      Mr.beans holiday ... not as good as what i thought it would be.
                      the film was released on dvd in 2007. Rowan Atkinson is normally a really funny man, but i was not impressed with this movie.

                      the film starts at a church charity raffel, mr.bean wins a chance to go on holiday.
                      when mr.bean goes on holiday he finds himself spliting a man and his son up, and running around with the boy, many different activities are done throught out the film but the best and most heard of is the part of the film where mr.bean needs money and decieds to do a street performance, and 'sings' to mr bonbastic.

                      i feel rowan akinson did not do his best in this film, i think the film is best watched by small children who really dont understan films properly, and like silly men making funny noises instead of talking. but the line stops at age 12, if not less.

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                        A good film to watch, but don't put yourself out

                        Mr beans Holiday- Rowan Atkinson always seems to put a smile upon my face, his dim wit attitude to life seems to cause so much hassle, so when i heard that he was releasing a movie entitled 'Mr beans holiday' i simply had to watch and see what trouble bean gets up to!!
                        The story starts in a church hall, and the raffle is being drawn to win a holiday to France, the winning ticket is number 919 and bean has 616, and thinks he hasn't won until he realizes he is holding the ticket upside down.
                        The plot continues to the train station in France, where from there everything goes wrong, and because of the language barrier bean ends up going the wrong way.and gets into a whole host of trouble.
                        He then befriends a little boy who has also got lost called Stephan, whose farther leaves him by accident at another train station, they soon find out that they are heading to the same place- Cannes. So together they try and do everything to get there, but bearing in my mind they have no money, food, etc, they have to hide on trains, hitchhike etc.
                        Along the way they meet a young women who is a up and coming actress she agrees to take them to Cannes and they drive through the night as she has a premier to get too.
                        In the end bean gets to his holiday destination, the little boy is reunited with his father and the women gets to see her part in the film.

                        The film does offer a lot of laughs, but somehow the plot is very predictable, and while you can't help but cringe at some of the things beans does, other times you really want to shout at the screen and tell him to stop being a idiot!.
                        Something to watch for a laugh

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                        A crazy journey through France with Mr Bean

                        I have always been a big Mr Bean fan and used to watch the videos all the time when I was a young child. I still find myself watching it if it is ever on tv so I thought I would watch Mr Bean's Holiday, expecting some old school Mr Bean. However, I was slightly disappointed with the outcome. I will admit there are many moments where it makes you laugh, however not as many as I expected. The usual Mr Bean crises arise, such as missing a train and leaving his passport and wallet on a phone box whilst he speeds off on a train. Even though there are a few properly funny moments, Mr Bean's Holiday lacks something. And I think what it lacks is the old Mr Bean. The film charts Mr Bean's journey down through France after he wins a trip to Cannes. However, what ensues is anything but straightforward. The story-line is not the most exciting but it manages. I would only recommend watching this if you have nothing better to do with your time.

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                        03.09.2008 19:02
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                        not a great film at all - too predictable and too silly!

                        When this film was first released at the cinema, I didn't see it, but when it was purchased for me on DVD I had no option but to watch it. I had seen some of the Mr Bean sketches as a youngster and at the time rather enjoyed them; as a consequence I was expecting the film to be at the very least entertaining, how wrong I could have been.
                        The film opens with Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) winning the first prize in a raffle, which entitles him to a holiday to Cannes on the French Riviera. His journey to Cannes is nothing short of utter chaos and confusion. Firstly, he manages to somehow get into the wrong taxi, taking him to the wrong destination - realising his mistake he thinks it will be a good idea to walk to the Gare de Lyon station where he is to board his next train. Yes you've guessed it he misses the train! In typical bean fashion he decides that he has enough time for a quick bite to eat before catching the next train. Once inside the restaurant he manages to order himself a plate of oysters, which he thinks are horrible, yet unlike any other person on the planet he doesn't simply leave them or order something different from the menu.......oh no! He decides that the best thing to do is to put the entire plate of oysters into a ladies handbag.....as you do! It is at this point that you begin to realise that the film could be an entire farce.

                        Things look to be improving as he manages to board the next train, but yes you've guessed not without causing a few problems. As well as winning the holiday he also got given a video camera on which he tries to record the trip. On the station platform he approaches a lady (Emil Dachevsky played by Karel Roden) and asks if she could film him boarding the steps to the train. However, Bean takes so long to board the train that once on the train quickly starts to pull away from the station, leaving the ladies son (Stephan Dachevsky played by Max Baldry) aboard the train by himself as she is now left behind on the platform!
                        From here onwards the films quality descends further. Along the way Bean manages to lose things, miss more transport connections and generally reap havoc in a way that he only knows. Throughout the entire film you could probably count the number of scenes in which he acts in a normal way on one hand. I must say I was really disappointed with this film, I didn't have high hopes before watching it but it still seemed to let me down. I think Rowan Atkinson should stick to other forms of acting because the character of Mr Bean seems to have reached its limit. Kids may enjoy this film, but this is the only real reason for purchasing the DVD.

                        Released: 30th March 2007 (film), 20th August 2007 (DVD)
                        Certificate: PG
                        Cast: Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean), Emma de Cannes (Sabine), Willem Dafoe (Carson Clay), Karel Roden (Emil Dachevsky), Max Baldry (Stepan Dachevsky), Preston Nyman (boy with train),

                        Director: Steve Bendelack
                        Producers: Peter Bennet Jones, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner

                        Writers: Rowan Atkinson, Simon McBurney, Hamish McColl, Robin Driscoll.
                        - on its first week in the UK DVD chart Mr Beans Holiday entered at #1

                        Thanks for reading. (This review is also posted on Cao under the same name).

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                          22.08.2008 18:38
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                          A funny film

                          My wife had ordered this DVD in the sale on Play.com a while back and it was only recently we finally got around to watching it. I have to admit I wasn't sure if I was going to like it much as it's all been done before where Mr Bean is concerned but, I have always find the character amusing and so I was hoping it would provide some laughs to entertain us.

                          The plot -
                          The film follows Mr Bean who we see first of all at a church raffle and immediately we see his stupid side as we see him get all confused with his number which happens to be the winning ticket but he gets all confused as he has 99 but, thinks its 66! Typical Bean humour!
                          He finds out he's actually won the star prize which is a trip to France on the Eurostar and then own to the South and he's going to be travelling whilst the film festival is on.
                          So as you can imagine no journey involving Mr Bean can go smoothly and so chaos follows him wherever he goes starting off by causing a man who is travelling with his son to miss getting on the train and his poor son being on his own. Mr Bean decides to try and help the lad get back to his dad but along the way more trouble is caused and of course confusion!
                          We see Mr Bean meet many people along his way but will he ever really get to the South of France and get the boy back to his dad? Well you'll have to watch it to find out!

                          The cast -
                          Well it's no surprise that Mr Bean is as played by the ever reliable Rowan Atkinson who as always pulls off the role off Mr Bean perfectly. I cannot imagine who they ever could have got in any of the Bean programmes to play him as well as Rowan does! It's the whole facial expressions coupled with his stupid way of speaking that makes this character what it is! The character is no different here which I imagine to some will mean they hate it but, to others who are fans of Bean will love seeing him in this comedy playing a part exactly as we expect it to be!

                          There are a few other characters we meet who make this film part of what it is including the young lad who is named Stephan and although good isn't anything amazing. The lad is played by actor Max Baldry. We also see quite a lot of actress Emma De Caunes, who plays the part of Sabine, a young woman Bean meets on his way down to Cannes and who is going to see a premiere of a film she is in. She is well suited to the role but unless you like foreign films you probably wouldn't have seen her in anything else. We even get to see well known actor Willem Dafoe in this film as a big producer who has made the film Sabine is in. It's not a very big role but different to parts I've seen him in before.

                          Other information -
                          The film was made in 2007 and was part written by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. It was directed by Steve Bendelack. The running time is 90 minutes which works really well as it's not too long and not too short. The film is rated PG.

                          Overall opinion -
                          I have to say I enjoyed this film very much. I guess I kind of expected how it would be, knowing what the character of Mr Bean is like and yes there are lots of typical Mr Bean moments where it has been done before but, it's still funny! We sat through the entire film laughing and even though you know exactly what will happen at certain points you just can't help but laugh! If of course you hate the character of Bean then I'm sure you won't like this film as it is just like one long episode but if like me and my Wife you like the daft humour and the stupid faces then I'd recommend you go out and buy this DVD.

                          The film can be picked up for a bargain £3.99 from play.com which includes free delivery.

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                          It’s taken a long time for Rowan Atkinson to bring us Mr Bean’s Holiday, the sequel to the substantial hit of 1997. But in that time, he’s lost none of what made the character so huge in the first place, delivering an effective comedy that’s again managed to ignite box offices right across the world. The set-up for Mr Bean’s Holiday is in the title: the hapless title character wins a holiday to France, meaning this time it’s the French Riviera that’s the backdrop for the slapstick humour that has defined the series. And so Mr Bean finds himself in a series of increasingly unlikely situations, causing all manner of havoc in the process. While unlikely to convert anyone who isn’t already a fan, Mr Bean’s Holiday is nonetheless a comedy that delivers reliable laughs very much in the spirit of what has gone before. Atkinson continues to inhabit the character with great skill, and it’s--rightly--his work here that brings the lion’s share of the laughs. By most accounts, Mr Bean’s Holiday is the swansong for a character that’s manage to delight audiences worldwide for over a quarter of a century. And while the film is, truthfully, no classic, at its peak it’s a hoot, and offers gentle, enjoyable family entertainment. --Jon Foster