Mr. Bean’s Holiday
Mr. Bean’s Holiday is a 2007 British family comedy film, directed by Steve Bendelack, music composed by Howard Goodall, produced by Peter Bennett-Jones, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, written by Hamish McColl and Robin Driscoll and starring Rowan Atkinson, Max Baldry, Emma de Caunes and Willem Dafoe. It is the second film based on the television series Mr. Bean, following the 1997 Bean. The film was theatrically released on March 24, 2007 by Universal Pictures. The film received mixed reviews from critics but earned $229.7 million on a $25 million budget. Mr. Bean’s Holiday was released on DVD and HD DVD on 27 November 2007.
The film opens with Mr. Bean driving up to a church, where a fete is taking place. Bean wins the first prize in a raffle – a holiday involving a train journey to Cannes, a video camera, and €200.
Following a misunderstanding involving a taxi at the Gare du Nord) railway station in Paris, Bean is forced to make his way unorthodoxly towards the Gare de Lyon to board his next train towards Cannes. However, a vending machine prevents him from boarding, and he misses his train, giving him an hour to sample French seafood cuisine.
Back on the platform, Bean asks a man, who happens to be Russian movie director Emil Duchevsky (Karel Roden), to use his camcorder to film him walking onto the train. Bean makes a big fuss and keeps asking for retakes, so by the time they are done, the train is about to leave. Although Bean manages to get onto the train, the doors close before Duchevsky can get on. Duchevsky’s son, Stepan (Max Baldry) is therefore left on board by himself.
Bean attempts to befriend the boy, who has been told to get off at the next station, and eventually comes to his rescue at the station, unfortunately missing his train again. The train Stepan’s father has boarded does not stop at the station, and a mobile number is held up, with the last three digits obscured. Attempts at calling the number prove fruitless. The next train comes and they board. However, Bean has left his wallet, passport and ticket on the telephone box. Bean and Stepan are thrown off the train.
Attempts at begging and miming to Puccini’s O mio babbino caro prove successful, and Bean buys the pair a bus ticket to Cannes. Bean managed to lose his, though, and attempts to hitchhike his way there. Mr Bean soon falls asleep, exhausted from walking and wakes up on what appears to be a quaint French village but is actually a film set for a yoghurt advert. Bean ends up as an extra in the advert, directed by Carson Clay (Willem Dafoe), but inadvertently ends up destroying the set in an explosion when he charged his camera.
Bean then tries to hitchhike again and a lime-green Mini identical to his picks him up, driven by accress Sabine, who offers him a lift to Cannes. She is an aspiring actress on her way to the 59th Cannes Film Festival where the film in which she makes her debut as an extra is going to be presented. When they stop at a service station, Bean finds Stepan dancing in a cafe with a band. Sabine agrees to take him with them.
Sabine thinks Stepan is Bean’s son, while Stepan thinks Sabine is Bean’s fiancee. On the road again, Bean asks Sabine if she has a cellphone, which she promptly gives to Bean. Bean and the boy now attempt to call his father again, but to no avail, and the trio end up driving through the night.
Sabine sees Mr. Bean’s photo on TV; he is suspected of kidnapping Stepan. However, since she does not want to miss the film in Cannes in just one hour, she does not want to go to the police now to clear the misunderstandings. Therefore, they have to work out a way to get into Cannes without being identified. Stepan dresses up as a girl while Mr. Bean dresses up as Stepan’s grandmother. The ploy works and Sabine arrives on time.
After sneaking into the premiere, Bean is disappointed to see that Sabine’s large role has been cut from the film. He plugs his video camera into the projector, projecting his video diary. The bizarre tale it tells fits director Carson Clay’s narration well, and the director, Sabine and Bean all receive standing ovations. Stepan is finally reunited with his father.
After the screening, Bean leaves the building by the back door, and onto the beach, encountering many of the characters from the film. The film then ends with Bean and all the other characters of the film miming a large French musical finale, with arms raised in the air. After the credits Bean writes fin in the sand with his foot.