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August 5, 2020

Beethoven

1992 ‧ Family/Comedy ‧ 1h 27m

When the family of George Newton (Charles Grodin) decides to adopt a cute St. Bernard puppy, the patriarch soon feels displaced by the dog. Before long, the adorable canine, dubbed Beethoven, has grown considerably, leading to household mishaps. While George’s wife and kids dote on Beethoven, it takes time for him to see the pooch’s finer qualities. However, Beethoven’s life with the Newton family is jeopardized when a scheming vet (Dean Jones) tries to nab the dog for a deadly experiment.

Why surprising?

Well, when was the last time you actually watched this movie? Do you remember the story? Because this family film, this children’s movie is about kidnapping a dog and testing out a newly developed exploding bullet… And for that, our villain needs a human sized skull for this test and guess what, Beethoven’s skull is nice and large, so the game is on.

Even with that, Beethoven is an enjoyable film and I found that surprising. It’s ability to mix wacky hijinks, a grumpy Charles Gordin, and a dark plot, thanks to the writing of John Hughes, makes this still a fun film after all these years.

I can’t say that about the sequels but as a standalone movie it is pretty entertaining.

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