Glenn Kenny
August 05, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Beethoven's 2nd

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Debi Mazar, Danny Masterson, Chris Penn
director
Rod Daniel
author
Len Blum
genre
Kids and Family, Comedy

We gave it a B-

How’s this for a sure-fire come-on: Saint Bernard puppies. Can you resist them? More important, can your kids? Beethoven’s 2nd, a tidy, amiable sequel to the smash canine comedy of 1992, offers little to object to, even if it nearly veers into Pink Flamingos territory during its thrilling chase climax. Then again, your kids have never seen Pink Flamingos, have they? Plus, as the villainess trying to steal the valuable purebreds from the put-upon Newton family, Debi Mazar makes an astonishingly apt live-action Cruella De Vil. B-

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