Beethoven's 3rd

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Pointless sequel filled with predictable comedic pratfalls.
  • G
  • 2000
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

This film is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Not many strong messages come through, other than some basic ideas about caring for someone despite their flaws.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff

A boy flashes a middle finger at his sister. Beethoven passes gas in an RV, causing everyone to groan and moan and yell.


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 10-year-old Written bygordonroth October 12, 2019

Stop at the 2nd

Very poor attempt to capitalize on the success of the first two, without investing in talent or production.
Teen, 14 years old Written bygordonchi02 December 16, 2016

Beethoven has gone downhill

It used to be really funny and a good family movie, but now man i will be honest here...

The bad acting is cringy af
Teen, 13 years old Written byinternetaddict123 January 11, 2014

A Very Pointless Sequel with No Real Plot

I didn't like this movie at all. It sucked. I like the first two movies better.

What's the story?

The Newton family are about to take an RV road trip from Denver to a family reunion in California when they are surprised with a special delivery -- a large St. Bernard named Beethoven sent from Europe, where the Newton family from the first two Beethovens are currently (and conveniently) living.

Between Denver and California, Beethoven slobbers, knocks over things, spills things, and causes slapstick pratfalls wherever he goes. As if this didn't make things difficult enough for the Newtons, they must also contend with two bumbling hackers who had placed a top-secret computer code in a Don Knotts DVD the Newtons have rented from a video store.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how dogs are portrayed in films. How is the Beethoven series similar and different from other films starring dogs?

  • Why are sequels made when the original actors don't want to be in the later movies?

  •  How does this film compare to other movies where families take road trips together? What's the appeal of the road trip movie?

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