The Ultimate Disaster Movie.A theatrical film
based upon Mr. Bean
. It had a number of brilliantly-executed moments — many of them recycled gags from the TV show — but suffered from a Hollywood treatment which gave Mr. Bean too much backstory (we now knew his job) and too much dialogue
. Nonetheless, it was a smash hit in Britain and throughout Europe and also fared somewhat well in the U.S.
Bean would later get another movie in 2007, Mr. Bean's Holiday
, which was a little truer to the original series.
The film provides examples of:
- Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: Bean, having accidentally defaced Whistler's Mother, locks the door and drags a plant pot in front of it to keep out the curator. A couple of seconds later, the curator enters via another door, right next to the one Bean locked.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Peter's daughter and her biker boyfriend. It doesn't work out too well for her.
- Ascended Fridge Horror: The movie somehow manages to invert it. Bean destroys a priceless historical artifact, but he covers it up by replacing it with a poster of the same painting, and cue the happy if hilarious ending. As it's really only a short-term solution however, the forgery would undoubtedly be uncovered sometime after the film's events. The original script had apparently already considered this, as it ends with someone noticing the change after the painting is slightly damaged, which didn't make it into the final film.
- Bowdlerise: Television broadcasts of the film are edited to remove the part where a biker flips Mr. Bean the middle finger and Mr. Bean mimics him, thinking it's a friendly gesture (It's not, troper kids).
- Brick Joke:
- At the hospital, Bean runs into the security guard he had drugged earlier.
- An unfilmed scene in the script would've had a stinger showing a tremor shaking the frame to reveal the words on the corner of the poster replacement, "THE GRIERSON GALLERY, HOME OF WHISTLER'S MOTHER.". This would've called back to Security Chief Elmer's previous claim that, "nothing will touch that painting, short of an earthquake that brings the entire gallery down."
- Chekhov's Gun: The "Whistler's Mother" poster seen early in the film.
- Cluster F-Bomb: A variation. Upon seeing that Bean totally destroyed Whistler's Mother while he was gone, David lets out a horrified torrent of "Jesus", "Oh God", and other religious incantations/curse words.
- Description Cut: The security guy claims "With the system we have here, nothing will touch this painting"—cut to Bean accidentally defacing it.
- Deconstruction: Downplayed. Where Mr. Bean's suffered next to no consequences for his antics in the series, they manage to land him in trouble with the authorities at several points in the film, though in keeping with his status as The Fool, he still always manages to get out of these trouble.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: Surprisingly averted when Mr. Bean is forced to give an improvised speech on the Whistler's Mother painting. He handles the speech quite well, although it lacks any meaningful content. The characters who might have been offended take it as dryly comical Take That at their earlier request not to have a boring lecture of art history, and maybe insert a joke or two into the speech, since they assumed Bean to be a stereotypical British academic.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After Bean destroyed Whistler's Mother, he and David start frequenting L.A. bars to drown their sorrows.
- Flipping the Bird: Bean misinterprets the gesture
- Hope Spot:
- Inverted. Just after it seems Bean and David have resolved the Whistler’s Mother fiasco, Detective Brutus appears, leading them to think the police discovered what they did to the painting. He's actually there because David's daughter got caught in a motorcycle accident.
- A shorter one happens after Bean successfully cleans the snot and ink stains off Whistler's Mother using paint thinner, revealing clean unblemished paint underneath...only for the paint itself to start dissolving a few seconds later irreparably destroying the masterpiece.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr. Bean.
- Karma Houdini: Unlike in the TV series, Bean's does at least have a couple of brushes with the law, but he still escapes any serious consequences for his actions, particularly his destruction of Whistler's Mother.
- Laxative Prank: Mr. Bean does this to a security guard, along with mixing up the key to the bathroom with a bunch of other keys, giving him a chance to fix the painting of Whistler's Mother that he accidentally screwed up.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Bean's stealth mission to the Gallery.
- Magical Defibrillator: In the words of the Literary Agent Hypothesis "novelisation", "all you have to do is put the round things on someone's chest, yell 'Clear!' and then they come back to life!... But I thought I'd better try the round things on my chest first." - which launches him through the air to land on a comatose patient and accidentally revive them. Admittedly residual electrical current in Mr Bean might have helped there but it's still crazy (though electricity always did act weirdly around Bean).
- Mood Whiplash: See Shower of Awkward below. The whiplash is only accentuated by The Beatles' "Yesterday" playing in the background, only to be interrupted by David and Bean screaming.
- Mythology Gag: The exploding turkey, of course, and Bean's jiggery-pokery with the simulator ride evokes the sneaky way he got a great deal on a recliner.
- Noodle Implements: Bean saves David's career with eggs, an eggbeater, a skateboard, chewing gum, crocodile oven mitts, fuzzy slippers, laxative, a paintbrush, a flashlight, a pair of briefs, black clothing and a poster of Whistler's Mother.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Exaggerated. While standing around waiting in the hospital, Bean is dragged along by a nurse to perform a surgery after she notices the "Dr. Bean" label on his suit. Bean is too taken aback to correct her, but then again, he's not even a non-medical Doctor.
- Oven Logic: Bean and David try to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey (which normally takes about five hours) for an impromptu dinner with some guests by stuffing it into a microwave, and setting it at about 20 minutes at the highest setting. It explodes.
- Phony Degree: An inversion. In order to foist him upon the Americans for a few months, the National Gallery of Britain and two of their prominent art historians give Bean a glowing recommendation, so the Americans assume he is an academic doctor. Bean himself is oblivious and does try to correct people, but in the end he stops bothering.
Bean: I'm Dr. Bean, apparently.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: Bean virtually destroys a priceless work of art, replaces it with a cheap copy and then steals it as well, yet ends up as a hero for it.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Mr. Bean is sent away to the unveiling of Whistler's Mother in the United States at the urging of most of the British National Gallery's board. This is done as an alternative to firing him, which they cannot do because the chairman of the board is actually fond of Bean.
- Shout-Out: A rather obscure one. The announcer's patter in the baseball game that's on the TV as Bean and David drink in the bar—"Smith corks one down the line!"—is Jack Buck's famous call from Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series, rerecorded by an actor.
- Shower of Awkward: David turns on the shower and then sits on his bed for a while contemplating his worries. When he enters the shower, he finds that Bean decided to take one in the meantime. They both freak out, but David is forced to answer the phone while all this is happening.
- The Stinger: After the end credits, Mr. Bean passes by to state that it is now the end of the movie, and tells the audience to leave.
- Suddenly Voiced: For the most part, Mr. Bean continues with his silent nature. It wasn't until he was forced to make a speech about Whistler's mother that he finally got himself to talk.
- We Have to Get the Bullet Out: As usual for Mr. Bean, after a series of misunderstandings, he ends up in an emergency room in a doctor's outfit, at which point the other doctors and nurses expect him to retrieve a bullet from the police chief's body. As soon as he does (before and after some Squick), amazingly, his flat lining vital signs immediately stabilize, at which point he regains consciousness, and is apparently going to be just fine afterward. Cue applause and exaggerated swooning from the doctors.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Bean with David Langley. Discussed by David while talking to Allison, his wife:
David: I don't know what to say about Bean. He is clearly a force ten disaster area... but God help me... I like him.