Me and my family were lucky to receive an advance copy of the newest Beethoven movie, the release date for the Beethoven’s Big Break is December 26th. What is better than watching movies with your family during the Holidays..? Oh yeah, one thing: watching movies and eating popcorn and homemade peppermint bark.
We have seen and liked all the other Beethoven movies, and let me tell you, Beethoven does not disappoint this time either. Most dog lovers can not resist the cute face of the big Saint Bernard known as Beethoven, and neither can we. While Beethoven’s Big Break offers the same misbehavior of this large canine called Beethoven, and comical situations it leads to, and even the bad guys after Beethoven like in the other Beethoven movies, the story line of Beethoven’s Big Break is still new and fresh.
The story is about a single dad Eddie (Jonathan Silverman), who is an assistant animal trainer in the movies, and his son, Billy (Moises Arias from Hannah Montana), who would like to have a dog as a pet. Things are not always easy for them. One day Eddie gets fired and arrives home to find their home in chaos after Billy has found a huge Saint Bernard and brought it home. The next day Eddie returns to his work to pick up his lizard he had left on the set, accompanied by Billy and Beethoven, and they accidentally walk into an audition of a new dog movie, and Beethoven gets the role. In fact Beethoven becomes the new star for the studios receiving glamourous start treatment, even the dog whisperer Cesar Millan is hired to help this canine super star. (Or like Cesar would say, it’s never the dog – it’s the people who need the help)
The shooting of the movie starts and of course Beethoven causes more than a fair share of chaos and unexpected situations and all that makes the movie just better. The scenes of the movie he is starring are from the previous Beethoven movies (like stealing the dad’s bacon scene), and it makes you almost think that some of the scenes in the original Beethoven movie from 1992 were lucky accidents, like they are in the Beethoven’s Big Break. There are also other scenes in the movie that include the funniest Beethoven moments from the original movie, like the “muddy dog in the bed” scene.
I found this behind-the-scenes clip about the real life dog stars behind the role Beethoven and the real life animal trainers:
The movie has an all-star cast, including Jonathan Silverman (Weekend At Bernies), Rhea Perlman (Cheers), Moises Arias (Hannah Montana), Stephen Tobolowsky (Heroes), Oscar Nuñez (The Office), Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer), Joey Fatone (‘N Sync) and Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother), and it is appropriate even for the younger ones in the family making it the perfect Holiday time movie to watch with your family.
Beethoven’s Big Break is $19.99 at Amazon, and I have a feeling it is one of those movies my kids will watch over and over again.