- 1 hr 27 min
When the Newton family gets a St. Bernard, the whole family is thrilled with their new pet except for Mr. Newton (Charles Grodin). They name their new dog Beethoven. Dad's not so sure about the wisdom of adopting a dog, and he becomes less sure when his family becomes so enamored of the smart and lovable canine that he himself feels neglected. Unknown to the rest of the family, before coming to them Beethoven was one of a number of dogs stolen from a pet store and slated to be sold to an unethical vet who wants to use the animals in tests. When they end up coincidentally taking Beethoven to this vet later, they are caught up in an adventure that becomes fraught with peril for their beloved dog. Bonnie Hunt stars as Alice Newton, and Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt have roles as the dog thieves in this comedy about a lovable dog, a loyal family and a reluctant dad whose heart needs to be won over.