In the movie BEETHOVEN, George Newton meets his nemesis in the form of a St. Bernard puppy named Beethoven. Since Beethoven’s owner never claims him, the Newtons keep the cuddly puppy. However, Beethoven begins to grow and grow, and the bags of puppy chow get bigger and bigger. Furthermore, George finds his shoes destroyed as Beethoven teethes on them and has to contend with Beethoven’s bathroom habits. So, when the veterinarian hints at St. Bernards’ dispositions changing in time to the point where they can turn on people, George is determined to rid himself of the dog. However, Beethoven proves to be a wonderful friend and companion to George’s family. The dramatic tension builds to a climax with the result that Beethoven emerges as George’s champion, and they grow to love and respect one another.
BEETHOVEN is a family movie–refreshing, funny, exciting and heart-warming as each one in the Newton family learns from their new pet and from each other about love, understanding and acceptance. After viewing BEETHOVEN and hearing the children’s laughter at the film’s end, the reviewer left the theatre thankful that some filmmakers still know how to make a good movie.
(B, C, L, V) BEETHOVEN emphasizes love, understanding and acceptance; there are a few exclamatory obscenities (d*%$ and he*$) and a few profanities; some slapstick violence (small children may get upset by the slapstick violence).