“Mr. Bean's Holiday” is a clever comedy full of slapstick gags and well-meaning mischief. The film is exactly what you expect: a series of comical Mr. Bean situations tied together by a non-thought-provoking plot, which also happens to be exactly what we want when watching a film of this ilk. It certainly isn’t “The Shawshank Redemption” but it is great for what it is. The family-friendly Mr. Bean gets himself into all sorts of trouble as he travels through France, picking up a few friends along the way while managing to lose his passport and money. Rowan Atkinson is marvelous with his over-the-top facial expressions and physical humor. The film is criticized for repeating the same gags for 90 minutes but there are some wonderfully creative moments in those gags. I was laughing out loud during Bean's French meal and the filming of the commercial. Willem Dafoe goes beyond the call of duty with his interpretation of his character and manages to steal the spotlight away from Atkinson for a few scenes. If you are looking for a masterpiece, look elsewhere. But if you are looking for unoffensive family fun, “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” will surely have you laughing after a few scenes.
[Pictured: So many facial expressions, so little time]