Mr. Bean's Holiday | Chicago Reader

Mr. Bean's Holiday

Ten years after Bean, Rowan Atkinson returns as the dithering homunculus who turns disaster into triumph. This time around he wins a raffle for a vacation on the French Riviera, but he can't even board the train without accidentally separating a Russian juror for the Cannes film festival from his young son (Max Baldry). Trying to reunite them, Bean runs afoul of a pretentious American indie director (Willem Dafoe), which leads to the movie's biggest laughs during a climactic sequence at the Palais des Festivals. Director Steve Bendelack and writer-producer Simon McBurney aim for the comedy of Chaplin, Keaton, and Tati, relying heavily on sight gags and their star's pratfalls and facial contortions, but they vitiate the comic payoffs by allowing scenes to run too long. With Jean Rochefort and Emma de Caunes. G, 87 min.

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