Mr Bean's Holiday

  • PG
  • Steve Bendelack (2007)
  • UK
  • 85 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

A little Mr Bean definitely goes a long way. That said, ten years after his first big-screen appearance, this second film outing for Rowan Atkinson's slightly creepy comic creation is, for the first hour at least, really rather good. Bean, who has won a Côte d'Azur holiday in a church raffle, heads off to Paris by train and proceeds to bumble his way across France, with "gracias" his sole attempt at the local lingo. If the film-makers had stopped there, we'd have had an amusing series of vaguely connected slapstick sketches. Instead, they introduce a daft plot involving a young boy (Max Baldry), a pretty actress (Emma de Caunes) and the Cannes film festival. Its only real purpose seems to be to offer a somewhat lost-looking Willem Dafoe the chance to guest-star as a pretentious film director, while Bean is needlessly turned from zero to hero. In this case, a little less of a good thing would have been rather more.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Rowan Atkinson. Mr Bean puts the entente cordiale under considerable strain when he wins a camcorder and a trip to France in a raffle. After a typically accident-prone encounter with a Russian film director, the hapless hero ends up at the Cannes film festival.

Cast and crew


Mr Bean
Rowan Atkinson
Max Baldry
Emma de Caunes
Carson Clay
Willem Dafoe
Karel Roden
Maitre d'
Jean Rochefort
Steve Pemberton


Steve Bendelack

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Mar 2007
Certificate PG