ABC Film Challenge – 00’s Movies – M – Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007) Movie Review

Director: Steve Bendelack

Writer: Hamish McColl, Robin Driscoll (Screenplay)

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Karel Roden, Emma de Caunes, Jean Rochefort, Max Baldry

Plot: Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes where he unwittingly separates a young boy from his father and must help the two reunite. On the way he discovers France, bicycling, and true love.

Tagline – There’s no telling where he’s going… but everyone knows where he’s Bean!

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Mr Bean’s Holiday starts as Mr Bean (Atkinson) wins a raffle for a holiday to Cannes, a simple trip that only goes from bad to worse for the hapless figure. While in Paris Mr Bean accidently makes Emil (Roden) miss his train, leaving Mr Bean with his son Stepan (Baldry) trying to reunite the pair.

Along the way Mr Bean continues to find himself getting into trouble which will always work out well for him along the way, finding a way to enjoy the journey.

Thoughts on Mr Bean’s Holiday

Characters & Performances – Mr Bean is the character we all know, we know he will have misadventures along the way, this time he heads to France for a raffle ticket prize to Cannes. We follow his journey which will see him get into trouble and need to help a child reunite with his father in a race across the country. Rowan Atkinson continues to bring the unique style of humour to the role. When we look at this supporting cast, we get people that bounce off Rowan well to give us the extra laughs along the way.

StoryThe story here follows Mr Bean on his latest adventure across France for a holiday, where he ends up needing to reunite a son with his father, with the language barriers causing the problems along the way. This story does have a much more interesting concept with the idea of the trip becoming chaos and the trip needing to be made more difficult adding to the adventure in the film. Some of the story is more ridiculous than other parts, but this is how a Mr Bean story unfolds, he just seems to fall into the right path.

ThemesMr Bean’s Holiday is a comedy that falls into the slapstick world, which does do a better job than the first film, it does feel like we are watching an extended version of a Mr Bean adventure, which will use the locations to add humour through the film.


Mr Bean’s Holiday is an improvement on the first film and will keep the fans of the hapless character happy.

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