Beethoven’s 2nd Parent Review
Having grown tired of the family routine, Beethoven finds Missy, the perfect St. Bernard. Soon, four puppies join the troop. But Missy is part of an unlikely divorce settlement, and her evil owner, Regina, wants her and the puppies back. Thankfully, this idiotic concept only involves a part of the script. The rest of the time the Newton's are dealing with the task of raising Beethoven and his four puppies, with some very funny results.
Neither Beethoven movie has been a writing classic, however both films score well in family relations. For instance, father George Newton (Charles Grodin) has a couple of touching moments of understanding with his daughter Ryce. However, this sequel adds some comic book violence near the end, and one very disturbing scene.
While visiting the local lake, Ryce wanders over to the cottage of a boy she admires. He is having a wild party, and upon seeing her, invites her in. Next, he talks her into going to his room to "see the view." As they walk in, he locks the door. After gazing at the stars for a moment, he makes an advance and Ryce soon pushes him away and asks to leave. He replies by dangling the keys to the room, telling her she is about to have the time of her life.
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This high school kid is a rapist, yet the scene is ended in comic fashion with Beethoven pulling down the house. With a backwards deadbolt lock on his door, you can only assume Ryce is one of many that has fallen into his trap. Considering the incident is never discussed afterwards, this is an irresponsible scene in a family movie. Children may assume that this must happen to most young, attractive girls, and there's no need to even discuss it.
If your kids see this movie, you would be wise to have a short discussion explaining the magnitude of the boy's actions toward Ryce. In reality, no girl would laugh this off, and the dog wouldn't be able to budge the house.Starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom. Running time: 89 minutes. Updated March 30, 2009