The star of "Bean," an idiotic comedy about an idiot, used to do a television show for the BBC called "The Black Adder." That show was historically based and had lots of complicated jokes that only intelligent and educated people were likely to get. One only has to imagine Rowan Atkinson trying to pitch "The Black Adder" movie in Hollywood. A bunch of confused movie executives look at each other wondering if medieval is a point between good and bad. Then Atkinson rips a loud fart and the word "genius" is suddenly bandied about like a shuttlecock. The "Bean" movie is approved.
Of course, this ignores the fact that "Mr. Bean" is the most popular British comedy series of the 1990s, proving, once and for all, that inside every British person is a loud fart just waiting to get out.
Mr. Bean is a security guard at the London National Art Gallery, where he can't even sit still without doing something stupid. The board of directors wants to fire him, but the Chairman of the Board wants to keep Bean, so the board of directors mischievously decides to send Bean off to America as their distinguished representative. Bean will be the featured speaker at the Grierson Gallery's unveiling of "Whistler's Mother," which they've just purchased for fifty million.
Once he gets to America, he shacks up with curator David Langley (Peter MacNicol) and his family and proceeds to do more stupid things which mostly involve breaking stuff or sticking something in one of his orifices or being mistaken for somebody he's not. "Genius" is not exactly the word I'd use to describe it.
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