Story

Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) wins a local parish raffle and the prize is a holiday in Cannes. He takes the Eurostar train to Paris. From there he hurtles headlong into one catastrophe after another. At the Gare du Nord railway station, Bean asks a fellow passenger, Emil Duchevsky (Karel Roden), to film him getting on the train. This causes Emil to miss the train. Emil is in fact a famous film director, whose young son Stepan (Max Baldry) is waiting for him on the train. Emil conveys to Stepan that he should get off at the next station. Bean, feeling responsible, also gets off. Of course, the train that Emil is on doesn’t stop.

Bean and Stepan then go on a journey across France. Along the way, they must raise money because Bean has left his wallet and passport on the station. They stumble onto a film set where Bean falls for an attractive young actor named Sabine (Emma de Caunes). Sabine agrees to drive Bean and Stepan to Cannes. She is also heading there for an opening preview of a movie in which she has a part. On their journey to Cannes, they don’t realise that they are being hunted by the police as suspected kidnappers.

Themes

None of concern

Violence

There is some violence in this movie, mostly slapstick comedy. For example:

  • Bean nearly causes a major car crash.
  • Stepan hits Bean.
  • One scene of a film set is in a French village, which is suddenly attacked by armed soldiers firing rifles.
  • Some men hit Bean across the face.
  • A man jumps off a bridge to kill himself because he thinks his girlfriend has left him.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

In addition to the slapstick scenes described above, there are other scenes that could scare or disturb children in this age group:

  • A vicious dog leaps barking at Bean.
  • Bean’s tie gets caught in a vending machine and almost chokes him.

From 5-8

The main area of concern for this age group is the chance of some children imitating some of Bean’s risky behaviour. For example:

  • Bean steals a bike left lying on the footpath.
  • Bean holds onto the back of a vehicle while riding a bicycle to help him go faster.
  • Bean steps out of a balcony of a high-level apartment building and down onto vehicles until he reaches the beach.

From 8-13

Some children in this age group might also imitate Bean’s risky behaviour. For example:

  • Bean tries to hitch a ride.
  • Stepan accepts a lift from a group of buskers in a kombi van.
  • Sabine falls asleep at the wheel and Bean has to move her out of the way and take over while the car is still moving.
  • Bean repeatedly dozes off at the wheel.

Over 13

Some children over 13 could still be at risk of imitating some of Bean’s behaviour.

Sexual references

None

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None

Nudity and sexual activity

None

Product placement

None

Coarse language 

None

Ideas to discuss with your children

Mr Bean’s Holiday is a lighthearted and entertaining comedy with  minimal dialogue and no obvious message. It does present risky behaviour that children might try to imitate.

You may like to talk with your children about some safety issues, such as why it’s not safe to go off with strangers or accept lifts from people you’ve only just met. You could also discuss the ethics of taking a bike that doesn’t belong to you and the real-life consequences of risky behaviours, such as holding onto a vehicle while riding a bike and driving a vehicle when you are too tired.