Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Beethoven's 2nd is the 1993 sequel to the hit movie about the comically large St. Bernard who gets into all kinds of wacky situations. Although this film continues the comedic pratfalls of the first, what is very disturbing is a scene in which a teen girl goes to a lake house party filled with other teens drinking beer and acting drunk. She is led upstairs by a boy she has a crush on, and he locks her in the room and tells her, "Relax. This is going to be an experience you're never going to forget." This scene of seemingly near-date rape is averted when Beethoven knocks down a load-bearing beam just in the nick of time, causing the house to collapse. There are other moments of family difficulties and kids not fitting in. Young Ted is poor at sports and unwanted for the team. Mr. and Mrs. Newton are having financial troubles. A young child asks her father where babies come from, and his failure to answer may prompt viewing children to pose the same question. But really, the scene in the lake house with the teens drinking and the near-date rape is so out of place and disturbing, it makes this movie problematic for all ages.
A little girl asks her father how babies are made; the father goes into a stammering explanation involving "eggs" and "tadpoles."
At a party in a lake house, a teen boy who has been drinking leads a teen girl he goes to high school with to an upstairs bedroom. He locks her in the room and tells her, "Relax. This is going to be an experience you're never going to forget." This seemingly near-date rape is averted when Beethoven rips down a load-bearing beam, causing the house to collapse. The antagonists threaten to drown puppies. Aside from this, comedic pratfalls abound: Characters are frequently slipping and falling in Beethoven's (and his newborn puppies') wake. One of these puppies is thrown off a skateboard and flies high into the air before landing in a garbage can filled with grass clippings. A man gets hit in the groin by a stick. A woman falls off a wooden bridge into mud.
"Hell," and a boy commands his dog to bite a bully "in the wiener."
At first, the children lie to teachers and parents to avoid going to school in favor of trying to take care of four puppies, but when the lie is found out, they realize they still need to balance school with the huge responsibilities required to take care of pets.
A trip to McDonald's by Beethoven and his family is prominently featured, as the family argues over which McDonald's food product to order while Beethoven barks in his own order for a cheeseburger and signs for McDonald's are shown throughout. During a burger-eating contest that matches dogs and their owners at a county fair, signs for Milk-Bone dog biscuits are prominently featured in the background.
Drugs / Tobacco /
At a lake house, dozens of teens are shown drinking beer and acting intoxicated. Three teen boys are shown pouring beer on Beethoven's head. The lead teen daughter is offered beer at this party by intoxicated teenage boys but turns it down.