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Parents' Guide to

Air Bud

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Sweet dog tale has some peril and mature themes.

Movie PG 1997 98 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 8+

Great movie, more serious than sequels.

They do say hell a lot but other than that it's fine. A coach does beat up a kid with a basketball and it may frighten children because the main character s dad dies. The new basketball coach is a great role model the abusive one was fired.. The villain does drink a beer.
age 5+
When I watched this movie, I knew that this movie was perfect for my twins who are about to turn 4, and my son who is 5. It can teach a kid many things, and it is a great movie in general. I think that this is an excellent movie, and you should definitely watch this movie with your family!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (16 ):

This movie aims straight for the heart with its infectious mix of drama, silly villains, impish doggy antics, and adventure. All along, Air Bud teaches viewers about responsibility, loyalty, and love. Far from being alienated, having Buddy's love gives Josh a family again. He's happy, his mother is happy, and Josh even gains a mentor and father figure in the form of Coach Arthur Chaney (Bill Cobbs).

Air Bud has it all: a fluffy golden retriever, a big final game, a car chase, and villains who are mean but in a comical, over-the-top way that can appeal to a broader age range. You can see why it spawned a franchise, and your kids may want to see them all. But be aware that none of the successors are nearly as good.

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