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children & family, comedy

An adorable puppy named Beethoven wins the heart of George Newton (Charles Grodin) and his familyonly to grow up into 185 pounds of romping, drooling, disaster-prone St. Bernard!

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ON for kids age 6
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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Sexy Stuff
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Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

A sloppy but lovable pooch of a movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this hit comedy is thin on story but big onslapstick. Inept, repeatedly humiliated adults may annoy some parents.Don't be surprised if the kids start pestering you for a dog afterwatching this movie. Be aware of some questionable behavior, likeout-of-control kids and a negative depiction of working mothers. Thebest age group for this film is 6- to 8-year-olds, who will love thepup and the comic mayhem that ensues. Older kids may still enjoy this,particularly dog lovers, though they'll likely find the story thin.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about some of the bad behavior in the film. Why was Charles treated so poorly by his kids? Did he deserve it? How do you relate to your own parents? What explanation does the film give for treating working mothers so poorly?

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Top Critic Reviews


- Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Funny. Do not ever want a dog like that.

- dreamfaeries, Friday, July 9, 2010

4 stars

Nice classic with cute made sequels

- ScoopOnline, Sunday, December 13, 2009

0 star

A big dog slobbers, dad gets angry, people steal dogs, kid drives a car .......ugh! Enough already!

- SirPant, Friday, September 25, 2009