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Film based on British TV show not bad, but could have Bean better



Chris Stelmak

Staff Writer

When a movie opens with an odd-looking man shaving his tongue, the audience knows that they are in for a different kind of comedy. The ever-popular Mr. Bean has finally vacationed from the tube and met with the silver screen in his first full-length movie, Bean. His unusual show on Saturday is part of the British comedy night on PBS

Mr. Bean, played by comedian Rowan Atkinson, is a bizarre little man. He does not talk much, but when he does, his voice comes out as a humorous, deep murmur.

Mr. Bean uses a sort of physical comedy by doing very unusual acts that put him into funky situations. Bean, however, does not quite reach the off-the-wall standard that the TV show often hits.

Fans of Mr. Bean might be disappointed with this off-kilter film. The first half of the movie is taken from several of the television shows. For those that have seen the show before, it grows dull very quickly. The parts that are new are not quite as mature or funny as Bean's trademark slapdash humor.

The film begins in a classic art gallery in England. Mr. Bean has been a longtime bumbling security guard at the museum and has only evaded being fired because he is the boss' favorite employee.

In a publicity attempt, the gallery is asked to send a representative to a gallery in California. The fancy, New Age gallery there has purchased the less-than-flattering painting, "Whistler's Mother" and needs some help.

In an attempt to get rid of the bizarre fellow, the directors of the London gallery send Mr. Bean off to represent their gallery for the opening in Los Angeles.

Mr. Bean is then whisked off to America to stay with the gallery director and his family.

Once stateside, Mr. Bean gets into various, odd situations. In one scene, he tries to stuff a turkey and ends up getting his head stuck in it. In other scenes he ends up accidentally popping a bag full of puke over someone's head and getting chased through an airport pretending to have a gun.

The problem is that Mr. Bean does not seem to contrast well with the other characters. The other characters in the movie are two-dimensional. Everyone who works at the art galleries is typically snooty, with the exception of Mr. Bean.

Langley's family is made up of his unforgiving wife, angst-ridden teenage daughter and young perverted son.

Those who have not seen Mr. Bean before, or very little of him, will probably enjoy the unusual humor of the movie. However, for those that have seen a significant number of episodes, the film does not compare to the hilarious television show.

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