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Bean

Director: Mel Smith
Writers: Richard Curtis and Robin Driscoll
Director of Photography:Francis Kenny
Editor:Christopher Blunden
Music:Howard Goodall
Production Designer:Peter Larkin
Producers:Peter Bennett-Jones, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan
Gramercy; PG-13; 92 minutes
Release:11/97
Cast:Rowan Atkinson, Sir John Mills, Harris Yulin, Peter MacNicol, Pamela Reed, Larry Drake, Tom McGowan, Sandra Oh, Johnny Galecki and Burt Reynolds
Based on the British television series

The comic talent of Atkinson and his dorky Mr. Bean don't need to prove themselves in the United States, with Mr. Bean grossing more than $100 million before hitting these shores. While the film's intermittently funny, Mr. Bean's antics fare much better on the small screen. The slow pace and bodily function jokes grow stale — and predictable — rather quickly. Fed up with Bean's dozing on the job as a security guard, his bosses at London's National Art Gallery dispatch him to Los Angeles to supervise the move of a priceless painting, Whistler's Mother. The museum's curator (MacNicol) hosts Bean, who nearly destroys the family and succeeds in doing a number on the painting.


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