Beethoven's 2nd

  • Review Date: April 15, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1993

Common Sense Media says

A bland but enjoyable good time.
  • Review Date: April 15, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1993

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The children skip school and lie in order to take care of the puppies.

Violence & scariness

Several comical fights. The villains talk about drowning the puppies and clearly do not treat Missy well.

Sexy stuff

Teen daughter Ryce narrowly escapes the advances of a drunken older boy.

Language

A few mild vulgarities.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A group of older teens enjoy a drunken party at a summer house while the adults are away.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel has some serious moments. Young Ted is poor at sports and so unwanted for the team that the other kids pick a girl before picking him. 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. And in a very out-of-place scene, older daughter Ryce is nearly raped by a boy she has a crush on.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

It's love at first sight when Beethoven meets Missy, a female St. Bernard, in the park. He helps her escape from her owner's ex-wife Regina and her boyfriend Floyd, who plans to use Missy as a tool to negotiate for more alimony. A few months later, the Newton kids track Beethoven to the basement of Regina's building, where Missy has given birth to puppies. The kids get Beethoven and the pups away just before Regina finds Missy. Regina wants the puppies back after she learns that they're worth a lot of money. Though the kids try to keep the puppies a secret, skipping school in order to keep them fed, Mr. and Mrs. Newton find out about them. Reluctantly agreeing to keep them, Mr. Newton takes the family on a Fourth of July camping trip. Little does he know that Regina and Floyd are staying nearby.

Is it any good?

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If one St. Bernard is cute, how about six of them? That's the idea behind this sequel, which is in some ways better than the first, at least for parents. For one thing, Beethoven isn't quite so sloppy as he was last time. And father George Newton (the typically droll Charles Grodin) isn't treated like such an idiot. An 11-year-old viewer liked Beethoven's 2nd better than the first for the cute romance between Beethoven and Missy.

Like the previous film, Beethoven's 2nd is thinly plotted, essentially only an excuse to put these dogs onscreen. It was in poor taste to include a scene in which daughter Ryce is nearly raped by a drunken boy on whom she has a crush in a movie otherwise suitable for young children.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's adult themes. How did Ryce get away from her attacker? What role did alcohol play in the attack? How would you handle yourself in that situation?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 15, 1993
DVD release date:June 3, 2003
Cast:Bonnie Hunt, Chris Penn, Debi Mazar
Director:Rod Daniel
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:87 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild language and unsuitable teen behavior.

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Adult Written bymkgs April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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they could have chosen more wisely a few scenes

THINK directors, think. This movie is supposedly for young children. Why then, have a scene where a young teen girl chooses to go to a party without asking her parents, is offered alcohol (which she refuses), is enticed to go "upstairs to see the view", then is kissed and the boy locks the room, insinuating that he was going to force her into something sexual (rape?). Wow, by miracle, the dog helps her escape. What? This is way to important an issue to bring up in this kind of movie.

Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written bykcwitts4 April 15, 2010
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8
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Bland comedy marred further by bad editorial choices

Narrowly missed date rape scene is completely out of place in a movie for small children. Also, the "bad guys" in the movie intend to drown some puppies - pretty upsetting for small children.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old Written byjustin toomey rocks September 2, 2009
AGE
5
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BEETHOVEN ROCKS

I think this movie is so cool! The best part was when they were going to drwon the puppies "PUT THE PUPPIES DOWN" I WAS CHANTING.It was so funny when beethoven hit the guy in the ball!The funny thing is i'm lising to beethoven on my new ipod i got three day ago;)

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