When Beethoven's lack of social graces gets to be too much for the Newtons, the kids secretly enroll him in an obedience school. A Beethoven-style twist on the tale of the Prince and the Paw-per is unleashed, when during a walk in the park, Beethoven gets loose only to find himself mixed up with Michelangelo, a perfectly-trained dog who looks just like him! While the Newtons can't believe how well-behaved their dog has suddenly become, the real Beethoven wreaks havoc in the home of the rich and snooty Sedgwick family.As chaos reigns...will the dogs ever find their rightful owners? Judge Reinhold (Beverly Hills Cop) and Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night Live, It's Pat) return as the Newton parents in this laugh-out-loud comedy that proves you can teach an old dog new tricks!
Married couple Judge Reinhold and Julia Sweeney host the unkempt Saint Bernard in this fourth go-round of the canine comedy franchise. The pair and their two children are dog-sitting in their pleasant suburban home--made predictably less pleasant by their toilet-water-slurping, steak-stealing guest. Meanwhile, across town, a rich couple and their lonely daughter have their own problems when their identical-looking Saint Bernard, Michelangelo, is kidnapped by their double-crossing butler.
Of course, the switch is inevitable in this Prince and the Pauper with dogs, landing the meat-crazed Beethoven in the vegetarian dog's silk-sheeted bed and vice versa. Many drool jokes later, the dogs return to their rightful homes, the rich couple learns to cavort, and Reinhold and Sweeney learn to love Beethoven's uncouthness. You expected a different ending? This 90-minute sequel provides inoffensive and mildly amusing entertainment for ages 4 to about 12. --Kimberly Heinrichs