• PG
  • 1h 26m
  • 1992
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Fall in love with the big-hearted, wet-nosed star of this outrageous comedy hit from producer Ivan Reitman. With nefarious dognappers hot on his heels, an adorable puppy named Beethoven adopts the unsuspecting Newton family - and promptly grows up into 185 pounds of romping, drooling, disaster-prone St. Bernard! Charles Grodin is George, the none-too-thrilled father whose disdain for the cuddly canine turns to loyalty after Beethoven becomes the target of unspeakable animal experimentation. Now it's up to George to save the day in this fetching adventure that's " for the whole family" (Janet Maslin, New York Times).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Variety Staff

Rallies at the end to prevent chaperoning adults from feeling their time was completely wasted.

June 21, 2017
Time Out

Elevated from the doldrums of Digby-esque sentimentality by a surprisingly bouncy script, the film...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin

Beethoven is no classic, but it's a sunny, energetic children's film with a good notion of what yo...

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Rita Kempley

A waggish tale of canine chicanery, an uproarious if impawsible symphony of drool, doggy fidelity...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sloppy but lovable dog tale has violence, innuendo.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Beethoven is a 1992 comedy about an oversized St. Bernard who prevents and causes trouble for a suburban family. A bespectacled youngster is physically and verbally bullied until he stands up to the bullies with the help of Beethoven. Everyone in the family cheers when the father hits a villain. A young girl nearly drowns before she is rescued by Beethoven. A veterinarian and his henchman run a stolen dog ring in the interests of trying to test how destructive and "messy" a bullet is when fired at point-blank range. Beethoven is almost killed by a villain who abuses animals in the name of research, and is shown punching Beethoven in the head. There's some sexual innuendo -- Beethoven gets into bed with the father and starts licking the back of his head; thinking it's his wife, he starts to moan with pleasure and says, "is Daddy's little girl being naughty?" After each family member writes down the name they want to give the dog after he turns up in their home, it's strongly implied that the youngest girl, maybe 5 years old, has written down a bad word. "Hell," "sucks," and "damn" are heard. When trying to expand his business, the dad says that if the deal doesn't go through, "I'll kill myself."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:April 3, 1992
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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