Reviewed by Ken M. Wilson
Rating: 10 Beans
ean. What more can I say, folks. This is, without a doubt, the worst movie of the year... the cream of the crop, the top of the heap. If you want to know what "Bad Movie Night" is all about, you've now got it.
What has always puzzled me more than anything is British "humor." Slightly amusing at its ultimate best, these so-called "comics" have done nothing but bore me for years. And without further adieu, the UK sends America this tasty morsel known as "Bean" -- a character played by hideously ugly Rowan Atkinson, Bean is a combination of Jerry Lewis and His Kids all wrapped into one.
The movie has Atkinson gracing the screen as a seemingly deficient member of society known as one Mr. Bean. Possessing the verbal skills of your average nine month old, the character manages to bumble through scene after predictable scene in his quest to do absolutely nothing. This is the essence of his entire shtick. Nothing more, nothing less... "Bean" uses every washed-up comedy routine made popular by such true comedy greats as Laurel and Hardy, Harpo Marx, and Charlie Chaplin well over half-a-century ago. And yet, millions of people on this planet find Atkinson insanely hilarious. Hitler? We could use your tactics again, guy... these people HAVE to be wiped off the face of the Earth.
I'm not even going to describe a plot for there is no need to do so. The trailer alone sums up the entire movie. What "Bean" represents is the whole reason why I enjoy "Bad Movie Night" as much as I do... and why you should as well. See it. See it again. After that, see it again. Seek out that ethereal plane known as "Bad Movie Night" nirvana. When you catch yourself looking at your watch, you're almost there. When you find yourself running out of the theatre the second the credits begin to roll, you're on your way. After you leave the theatre, you'll find yourself to the point where you are so emotionally charged that you can't help but to rail on the film. It's awful... it's an insult to you, the movie-goer, and upon your intelligence. Once you attain this, you've reached "Bad Movie Night" nirvana. "Bean" not only did this for me but for two of my closest friends. This movie is, as I said, the worst movie of the year.
Hats off, my friends, to the entire cast and crew of "Bean" for bringing to us the tangible embodiment of what every Tuesday night is all about. If you see no other bad movie this year, see "Bean" and it makes up for the entire 365.25 days of 1997.
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