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Beethoven | 1992 | PG | - 0.2.0

A family takes in stray St. Bernard puppy, names him Beethoven, grows to love him and ends up pulling together to save him from becoming part of an evil vet's experiment. Charles Grodin stars.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - The husband and wife are seen lying in bed together talking and/or sleeping. Once, the husband thinks his wife is getting frisky, but discovers it's only the dog.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - The vet strikes Beethoven to provoke an attack and convince the family to allow him to put the dog to sleep. When the vet and his "dog-nappers" are discovered, a struggle ensues. The vet ends up with a tray of needles in his chest; his thugs get attacked by Dobermans - but we don't see the attack, only the men in bandages afterward.

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LANGUAGE 0 - None.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Initially, puppies are stolen from a pet store. Later, grown dogs are also kidnapped. Although we never see any harm come to the dogs, the thought of a veterinarian using family pets for experiments may be disturbing.
MESSAGE - Good triumphs over evil as the family saves their dog. For adults, there is the family-is-more-important-than-job missive.
CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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