Beethoven's 2nd

Movie review by
M. Faust, Common Sense Media
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Near-date rape, teen drinking mar canine sequel.
  • PG
  • 1993
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

At first, the children lie to teachers and parents to avoid going to school in favor of trying to take care of four puppies, but when the lie is found out, they realize they still need to balance school with the huge responsibilities required to take care of pets.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite lying to avoid school, the kids eventually learn the responsibility required to take care of pets in the home.


At a party in a lake house, a teen boy who has been drinking leads a teen girl he goes to high school with to an upstairs bedroom. He locks her in the room and tells her, "Relax. This is going to be an experience you're never going to forget." This seemingly near-date rape is averted when Beethoven rips down a load-bearing beam, causing the house to collapse. The antagonists threaten to drown puppies. Aside from this, comedic pratfalls abound: Characters are frequently slipping and falling in Beethoven's (and his newborn puppies') wake. One of these puppies is thrown off a skateboard and flies high into the air before landing in a garbage can filled with grass clippings. A man gets hit in the groin by a stick. A woman falls off a wooden bridge into mud.


A little girl asks her father how babies are made; the father goes into a stammering explanation involving "eggs" and "tadpoles."


"Hell," and a boy commands his dog to bite a bully "in the wiener."


A trip to McDonald's by Beethoven and his family is prominently featured, as the family argues over which McDonald's food product to order while Beethoven barks in his own order for a cheeseburger and signs for McDonald's are shown throughout. During a burger-eating contest that matches dogs and their owners at a county fair, signs for Milk-Bone dog biscuits are prominently featured in the background.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

At a lake house, dozens of teens are shown drinking beer and acting intoxicated. Three teen boys are shown pouring beer on Beethoven's head. The lead teen daughter is offered beer at this party by intoxicated teenage boys but turns it down.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... November 6, 2009

Re: they could have chosen more wisely a few scenes

I completely agree with mkgs. Also, when Beethoven saves Ryce from getting raped, he does so by accident. Ryce tied him to the post supporting the balcony whe... Continue reading
Adult Written byBabies02 November 23, 2020


I really like all the other Beethoven movies but this one was not that great the daughter goes to a party were a bunch of teens are drinking .
Teen, 13 years old Written byJane Williamson November 13, 2018
Teen, 17 years old Written byHonestopinion January 31, 2018

Pretty good.

I first watched this movie when I was about 8 and it never bothered me. While I agree that the near rape scene was a little mature, it's also quite close t... Continue reading

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 they're worth a lot of money. Though the kids try to keep the puppies a secret, skipping school 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?

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.

As in the previous film, BEETHOVEN'S 2ND is thinly plotted, essentially an excuse to put these dogs on-screen. 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

  • What do the kids learn about the responsibilities of taking care of five dogs in their home?

  • Why do you think movies centered on dogs are so popular?

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