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Beethoven (1992)
Another family flick from Hughes, another beloved franchise. The lovable Saint Bernard slobbers, sheds and generally wreaks havoc on the Newton family's home...but who can stay mad at that puppy dog face? Only an evil vet, plotting (unsuccessfully, of course) to kill our favorite pooch. True, it wasn't Hughes' most poignant work and, yes, it was panned by critics, but the seasoned writer knew how to please a crowd. Sometimes you just need to pile the kids in the car, buy some popcorn and escape for an hour in front of the big screen. Hughes gave us just the ticket, and for that we are forever grateful.

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