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This girl is a fan of Mr. Bean

September 11, 2007|By EVA NIESSNER

Movie review

In "Mr. Bean's Holiday," all poor Mr. Bean wants to do is go to the beach. Instead, he finds himself a villain - and a star - of the French nation.

When Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) wins a trip to Cannes, he inadvertently causes mayhem for everyone he meets as soon as he arrives - be it dumping oysters in a lady's purse or wrecking a man's laptop. But things go from unlucky to miserable when he accidentally separates a father and son on a train. Keeping a video diary, Bean, aided by a young starlet, has misadventures all over France as he tries to reunite the boy with his father.

The movie is hugely visual, which makes it great for children. Mr. Bean rarely speaks - he knows no French - and when he does, it's an occasional, throaty "Gracias." The dialogue that does occur is all in French, with subtitles, but it's got enough gag humor to keep kids occupied whether they can read or not.

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This hijinks-packed film is wonderful for children or any fan of Atkinson and his trademark hilarious facial expressions.

"Mr. Bean's Holiday" runs about 90 minutes and is rated G.

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