- 1 hr 27 min
Beethoven is a heartwarming family comedy movie from 1992 that tells the story of a mischievous and lovable Saint Bernard dog named Beethoven, who becomes a member of the Newton family. The movie stars Charles Grodin as George Newton, Bonnie Hunt as Alice Newton, and Dean Jones as Dr. Varnick. The movie begins with a group of criminals, led by a veterinarian named Dr. Varnick (Dean Jones), breaking into a lab to steal a litter of Saint Bernard puppies. The puppies are being used in Varnick's secret experiment to test out a new type of serum on animals. However, before Varnick can take all the puppies, one of them manages to escape from the lab and ends up on the doorstep of the Newton family.
The Newtons are a typical middle-class family living in the suburbs of Los Angeles. George Newton (Charles Grodin) is a workaholic father who runs a successful family air freshener business. His wife, Alice (Bonnie Hunt), is a stay-at-home mom who takes care of their three children: Ted, Emily, and Ryce. The family is initially hesitant to take in the puppy, but their children immediately fall in love with the fluffy, playful dog.
As Beethoven grows, so does his mischief. He chews on furniture, chases the mailman, and splashes in the pool. However, as the family bonds with Beethoven, they start to see him as more than just a cute pet. He becomes a loyal and protective member of the family, especially towards Emily, the youngest daughter, who is bullied by her classmates.
Meanwhile, Dr. Varnick discovers that one of the puppies he stole is missing and starts looking for it. He realizes that the puppy is with the Newton family and decides to retrieve it, as it is the only way he can complete his experiment. When Varnick visits the Newtons' home, the family initially believes he is a veterinarian who wants to treat Beethoven for an injury. However, they soon discover his true intentions and realize that he plans to take Beethoven away.
The family decides to protect Beethoven and exposes Varnick's inhumane experiment to the public, causing him to lose his reputation and his job. The family works together to save Beethoven and stop Varnick from hurting any more animals. In the end, the Newtons adopt Beethoven and welcome him as a full member of their family.
Overall, Beethoven is a classic family comedy movie that showcases love, loyalty, and the importance of standing up for what is right. With its charming storyline and hilarious antics of the titular dog, the movie has become a beloved classic for families around the world.
Beethoven is a 1992 kids & family movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.