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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film is intended to entertain, not educate.
Not many strong messages come through, other than some basic ideas about caring for someone despite their flaws.
Positive Role Models
For the most part the adults are inept and the kids bratty.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of comedic pratfalls. A car crashes into a cement truck, causing liquid cement to spill all over a car. Bad guys throw bricks through windshields, slap, punch, and shove each other, and get dumped with raw sewage.
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A boy flashes a middle finger at his sister. Beethoven passes gas in an RV, causing everyone to groan and moan and yell.
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Products & Purchases
A Coca-Cola delivery truck is featured prominently in a scene where later Beethoven knocks over a tall stack of Coca-Cola bottles, causing them to break and spill all over the sidewalk.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this pointless third installment of the Beethoven franchise is packed with comedic pratfalls of varying degrees of intensity. Like the first movies, there are lots of scenes involving the titular St. Bernard shaking his slobber or water or food at inopportune times, covering the human characters and causing them to react outrageously. Even those whose love for dogs in movies makes them overlook weak storylines will find this one difficult to get through. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Aside from Hollywood's profit motive, there really was no reason to make a third Beethoven movie (or a fourth). There are no pratfalls and "slobbering dog making a big ol' mess" scenes that weren't in the first two. Since Charles Grodin's character and his family are conveniently in Europe for this one, it can be a little sad to reflect on how low Judge Reinhold and Julia Sweeney's careers have drooped.
Nonetheless, there are surely kids who will enjoy the eye candy of big lug Beethoven lumbering around from one scene to the next, and this enjoyment will trump the weak storyline and painfully unfunny slapstick. But families as a whole will have better luck with the first two in the series.
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