If you love funny animal films, you will laugh till you cry at the antics of Beethoven and his human companions. The scene where the children are trying to find a name for the dog is cute and if you like classical music you will appreciate the humor behind how the name is finally derived. I was rather surprised to see Good Guy Dean Jones, star of many Disney films, in his portrayal of the dastardly and evil Vet. I almost did not recognize him with the thick "soda bottle-bottom" glasses, but as always Mr. Jones gave a stellar performance. X-Files star David Duchovney plays the part <more>
of a company representative who wants to try to take over the family's business, and only Beethoven sees him and his female partner for what they are and takes them on the ride of their lives one of the funniest scenes of the film . I generally find sequels are not as good as the first, but in this case the humor of Beethoven's 2nd and Beethoven's 3rd hold true to first and are also worth viewing.
Beethoven was made in 1992, i thought that this movie was fantastic to watch. It gets you going when there is humour in the movie. This is rated U which is suitable for people all ages. I give this movie a fantastic score 10 out of 10 because it is such a great children's movie.
Brilliant Family Film (by michael-d-murrell)
I do not how the hell one of my all time childhood favourite films is rated 5 but I can tell you this film is one of the greatest family films of all time even watching it again all these years later. Great film about family love, awesomeness and man's best friend. I made an IMDb account just so I could make a review to defend this film as I was shocked to see it had such a low rating when in reality this film is an all time classic. Understanding the bond between man and animal really helps you tie into the emotional connection the family has with the dog.10/10 as a family film / comedy. <more>
Will be watching with my kids for sure and you should too.
The movie overall is an enjoyable one with a good family message. However for some reason the filmmakers decided to throw in sex for some reason. I caught this in the theater and thought that perhaps it would be pulled out when it went to video. It wasn't however. When the father is going to get rid of the dog and so the kids get up very early - at 6:00 AM according to the bedside alarm clock - to give him a bath. Pause when it shows his alarm clock. This clock is featured center in the shot as focus. On one side however is a money clip with a wad of cash and on the other side is a peeled <more>
roll candy package. The name is not one we recognize as candy, but rather it is sitting with the letters upside down and spell SEX.
BEETHOVEN, in my opinion, is a cute movie. I thought that George Charles Grodin was a little cold-hearted, but Alice Bonnie Hunt and the children Sarah Rose Karr, Christopher Castile, Nicholle Tom were very nice people. Beethoven was a sweet dog, though. He even saved the Newtons in times of trouble. Way to go, Beethoven! Dr. Varnick Dean Jones was a little scary to me, but I thought he gave a smashing performance. I thought that Emily Sarah Rose Karr , Ted Christopher Castile , and Ryce Nicholle Tom looked nice in the clothing they wore when they served George his breakfast. In <more>
conclusion, I highly recommend this movie to all you dog lovers or Charles Grodin fans who have not seen it.
Sweet, heartwarming film-one of the best "family dog" movies ever (by g-zimmerman1)
This story of a family who grows attached to a St. Bernard that wanders into their lives is truly touching. George Newton, his wife Alice, and their three kids are the family. The kids and even Mom fall instantly in love with the puppy, but Dad wants nothing to do with it. He reluctantly agrees, but doesn't exactly forge a friendship with the growing St. Bernard. Meanwhile, Beethoven does his best to endear himself to the rest of the family, helping big sister Ryce attract the attention of a boy that she likes, scaring off bullies that harass brother Ted, rescuing little sister Emily from <more>
a swimming pool and giving a couple of sleazy con artists "the ride they deserve". After Beethoven misbehaves one too many times, Dad takes him to a veterinarian who, unbeknownst to him, is actually an evil scientist who uses dogs for lethal lab experiments. This doctor wants very much to get his hands on Beethoven. When he pays a house call to the Newtons, he stages an incident where, after tearing his clothes and smearing red dye all over himself, he provokes the dog so it looks like he is being attacked. This causes Dad to waste no time taking Beethoven to the doctor's office to be put to sleep. His wife and kids, suspecting the doctor is lying, go to his office, where Dad finally discovers the doctor's true activities. This film has everything that a great film should: a believable story, sincere performances, and lush cinematography. I would have given it a perfect 10, but it does have one major flaw: the casting of usually good-natured Dean Jones as such an unscrupulous character.
Such a good movie, even after 26 years! A much watch when we have kids.
Hilarious family fun (by jhaggardjr)
I'm a dog lover. I am currently the owner of a 6-year-old yellow lab/beagle mix and a 3-year-old black lab. But I don't know if I could handle a St. Bernard. One thing I do know, I couldn't possibly handle a St. Bernard that wrecks the house up and slobbers all over the place. But we enjoy it when it happens in a movie, and that's precisely what the St. Bernard does in "Beethoven". This is a often very funny comedy that's perfect for the whole family. Charles Grodin, who I never thought of as a comic actor, gets to be hysterically funny in "Beethoven" <more>
as George Newton, a successful creator of air fresheners who has a wife and three kids. One day a St. Bernard puppy wanders into the Newton household and the kids quickly start to get attached to the pup. Grodin doesn't want the pup, but the kids talk him into keeping the canine. It doesn't take long for the big pup to grow to enormous proportions. "Beethoven" at times is pure nonsense to be sure but it's just too enjoyable to dislike. The dog is wonderful, and there are many good performances throughout. In addition to Grodin, there's Bonnie Hunt, who's delightful as Grodin's wife Alice; Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile, and Sarah Rose Karr as their three kids; Disney veteran Dean Jones in a surprise villainous role as Dr. Varnick, the evil veterinarian; Oliver Platt and Stanley Tucci as dognappers working for Jones; and before becoming TV stars David Duchovny "The X-Files" and Patricia Heaton "Everybody Loves Raymond" as a business-like couple who secretly plan to take over Grodin's air freshener business, until Beethoven gives them the ride of their lives literally . Kids will love this if they can get by the little amount of comic violence and animal abuse. The violence is slight so I don't think real little kids will get scared. Although the movie does lose a few points for the violence. And a few scenes are a bit ridiculous. Nevertheless, "Beethoven" is alot of fun for young and old alike. A must-see if your a dog lover like me. *** out of four
It's a good film to see for the family especially if you're a fan of Dogs. It also somehow teaches you to whether actually get a Dog or not, and what it could actually be like to have a Dog as part of the family. The film has a lot of humour, so I see no reason why anyone could dislike such a family film. There aren't many films based on Dogs that can match Beethoven, so its worth watching. There are sequels for Beethoven, but none of them beats the original unless I'm mistaken.