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America's top dog is back, and this time, he's bringing the kids! Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt star in this hilarious comedy about the further adventures of the Newton family and their lovable, lumbering pal, Beethoven. In the second "symphony" of the Beethoven saga, our hero meets Missy, the lady Saint Bernard of his dreams. Unfortunately, they are soon separated by Regina (Debi Mazar), Missy's hateful owner who is using her as a bargaining chip in an ugly divorce. Will Missy, Beethoven and their puppies ever be reunited? And will Regina finally get what she deserves? You'll howl with laughter at this warm and wonderful sequel from Executive Producer Ivan Reitman that's "as funny and appealing as the first" and "can actually be enjoyed by the whole family" (Los Angeles Times).
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Near-date rape, teen drinking mar canine sequel.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beethoven's 2nd is the 1993 sequel to the hit movie about the comically large St. Bernard who gets into all kinds of wacky situations. Although this film continues the comedic pratfalls of the first, what is very disturbing is a scene in which a teen girl goes to a lake house party filled with other teens drinking beer and acting drunk. She is led upstairs by a boy she has a crush on, and he locks her in the room and tells her, "Relax. This is going to be an experience you're never going to forget." This scene of seemingly near-date rape is averted when Beethoven knocks down a load-bearing beam just in the nick of time, causing the house to collapse. There are other moments of family difficulties and kids not fitting in. Young Ted is poor at sports and unwanted for the team. Mr. and Mrs. Newton are having financial troubles. A young child asks her father where babies come from, and his failure to answer may prompt viewing children to pose the same question. But really, the scene in the lake house with the teens drinking and the near-date rape is so out of place and disturbing, it makes this movie problematic for all ages.
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- Genre:Comedy, Family
- Release Date:December 17, 1993
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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