Rowan Atkinson's recalcitrant TV character is the hub of this 1997 feature that will disappoint fans and nonfans alike. The colleagues of Bean, a London museum employee whose tenure is based only on the sympathy of the chairman of the board, want to get rid of him, so they send him to LA to give a scholarly address on a famous painting recently purchased by a gallery there. As is typical of vehicles for physically oriented comedians, the plot is thin, with a single, exceptional twist. The gags, though lightweight in comparison to those that dominate the TV series, Mr. Bean, follow their formula by being based mostly on the body's orifices and what they can and do extrude. Mel Smith directed a screenplay by Mr. Bean writers Richard Curtis and Robin Driscoll.