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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • David's colleagues are portrayed as being devoid of his genuine love for the arts, caring more about commercial value rather than cultural.
    • General Newton, who's only memorable quote is him blatantly admitting that he doesn't have any interest in art. He just bought Whistler's Mother because he's disgusted at the idea of Europeans having any claim over America's greatest painting.
    • Davids wife Allison also counts as this. She's very antagonistic towards Bean and doesn't even want him in her presence. She wants David to kick him out of the house right after he arrived just because he looks weird.
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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The film was made to appeal to American audiences, who were not only generally unfamiliar with the Mr. Bean phenomenon but those who were found him off-putting and overrated. The original British fanbase, meanwhile, didn't care for the perceived "Americanization" of the character, along with certain aesthetic changes (see below). In the end, neither enjoyed it very much, resulting in it's mixed critical reception and decent into obscurity in the years that followed (save for a handful of more forgiving fans and those fond of late '90s pop culture).
  • Awesome Music: Howard Goodall's main theme "Mad Pianos," a gorgeous, whimsical piece of classic symphonic movie score perfect for Mr. Bean's Big Damn Movie. Used most effectively when Bean inflitrates the museum to switch out the destroyed Whistler's Mother with an intact duplicate made from a poster and various other objects.
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  • Crazy Awesome: Dives deep into Refuge in Audacity here, where Bean successfully infiltrates a high-security museum and replaces its most-guarded painting using egg whites, nail varnish, laxatives, a skateboard, spare underpants, and chewing gum.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Lt. Brutus gets shot and the last thing he sees before blacking out on a hospital bed is that one of the surgeons is Bean. Horrifying in real life, hilarious here.
  • Fanon: Some fans believe that David's marriage with Allison has always been rocky even before they met Bean. This would explain her Wet Blanket Wife attitude throughout the movie that she already displays before she even meets Bean and why David says "Things have gotten that bad." during their argument after he and Bean come home drunk.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm Charm: One of the few moments in cinematic history where a character can simultaneously wear his underpants on his head and be a badass.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The close-up of the Whistler's Mother's face as it melts into a bubbly mess after Bean cleaning it with paint thinner, combined with the apocalyptic background theme, are quite scary. It perfectly captures the "Oh, Crap!" feeling one gets from realizing they've just made a catastrophic and irreparable mistake.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Signature Scene: Bean accidentally destroying Whistler's Mother and David's subsequent freakout.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Though it didn't help Mr. Bean break out in America and British fans generally didn't care for it, there are plenty of viewers who think it's fine for what it is and, while nowhere near the comedy classics as the original show, has some very funny and memorable bits.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • If you watch the other people being thrown around on the Ride of Doom after Bean tampers with it, you will notice they are intentionally standing up and jumping around.
    • An audio example: when Bean first shows David the defaced painting, it's pretty clear that David's cries of "OH GOD, JESUS" etc. are stitched together from multiple takes, especially when the camera zooms in on the painting.
  • Squick:
    • David's teenaged son invites the middle-aged Bean up to his room to check out his collection of Cindy Crawford pictures. The mental image alone is horrifying.
    • Bean fishing out an M&M he'd dropped into Detective Brutus' open gunshot wound, and then eating it. At least he swishes it around in some water first.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The film's theme, "Mad Pianos", bears some resemblance to the original series' theme "Ecce Homo".
  • Tear Jerker: When David goes to see his hospitalized daughter, Mr Bean accidentally bumps into him, causing David to hit himself on a moving hospital bed. When Mr Bean tries to help David up, all the latter can do is tell the former, with utter exasperation, to stay where he is and do nothing so nothing can go wrong. After briefly apologizing to Mr Bean, stating that he has to take care of his family, he leaves him behind, with Mr Bean sadly standing there. You can just see how much Mr Bean wants to do good in any way, but ends up failing by indirectly causing harm to others. What makes it worse is the brief reprise of "Mad Pianos" on strings, during the shot of the double doors closing on a despondent Mr Bean.
  • They Changed It, So It Sucks: Giving Mr. Bean slightly more dialogue and explicitly stating what his job is were clearly done to make the character work in a feature film, but fans who felt that the lack of both in his original incarnation was why the character worked so well cite it as the reason this movie doesn't work.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Bean himself gets a pretty big one near the beginning of the movie where he pretends to have a gun at the airport to troll the security guards.
    • David offering Grierson and his wife dinner is a pretty dumb move. Grierson obviously only came to talk about the upcoming event with him and Beannote  and probably wouldn't expect dinner after David told him that Allison wasn't home. But David offers him dinner anyway in a not-so-subtle attempt to maintain his boss' good grace that ends in Epic Fail. This not only results in David making a fool of himself and Bean in front of Grierson and his wife when the oven explodes, but also compromised his marriage with Allison even further when she later suddenly comes home with their children only to leave again immediately after seeing Bean is still in their house and that her kitchen is in a mess.
  • The Woobie:
    • The security guard doing the night shift at the gallery. Mr Bean spikes his coffee with an unhealthy amount of laxatives and switches out the bathroom key. While he manages to get to the toilet in time, it's revealed the next day that he's still suffering the effects of the laxatives. The audience is given no reason to dislike this guy, yet he is subjected to what may very well be some long-term side effects just for being in Bean's way.
    • David Langley also qualifies. His family life and career are threatened because of the antics of Mr Bean. Luckily for David, Bean manages to save the day, but you do feel for David when he feels he is about to lose everything.


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