For whatever reason, the character of Mr. Bean has never caught on in the United States. Rowan Atkinson's most popular creation has a small following in this country, but labeling him as an "acquired taste" would be an accurate descriptor. Unfortunately, by the arrival of the second Mr. Bean movie (following 1997's Bean), that taste has grown stale. About the only thing Mr. Bean's Holiday has in common with the TV series and the first motion picture is that Rowan Atkinson still plays the title character as a petulant child in state of perpetual arrested development - a rubber-faced half-wit who makes Adam Sandler's on-screen persona appear gentle and well adjusted. The missing ingredient is easily identified: the humor. At its best, Mr. Bean's Holiday is amusing. At its worst, it's tedious.
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