Giles Keyte
Owen Gleiberman
August 22, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mr. Bean's Holiday

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
87 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/24/07
performer
Rowan Atkinson, Max Baldry, Willem Dafoe
director
Steve Bendelack
distributor
Universal
author
Hamish McColl
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

Rowan Atkinson, his face in Mr. Bean’s Holiday as pinched and gleaming as a Richard Nixon mask, is still doing his bit to keep classic screen comedy alive. Once again, Mr. Bean, the childlike British idiot — he’s the walking id as Twit of the Year — tries to extricate himself from the mishaps he creates, which only results in more spectacular disaster. On a holiday to France, Bean eats oysters (a great joke), then gets stranded in the country, which for a while strands the film. But Atkinson’s goofball grotesquerie never lets up — right through to the inspired finale, which could have been called A Day at the Cannes Film Festival.

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