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Air Bud: Golden Receiver



Cute but more intense than other Air Bud movies.
  • Review Date: May 8, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Josh is still mourning his father's death, but the good role modeling provided by his coach and his mom's new boyfriend help him to begin to move on with his life. Girls take a secondary role here, however. They are cheerleaders or are on the sideline.

Violence & scariness

Football is brutal, but not violent, per se.

Sexy stuff

Josh's mom dates after her husband dies. She is shown wearing short skirts and makeup when she goes on dates. She and Dr. Sullivan share a couple of kisses.


"Fanny." "Kick butt."


Football teams, like Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers are featured. Mom drives a Toyota truck.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The football coach eats food like he's got a food addiction!

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the fact that life goes on after a loved one's death colors the plot of this movie. Josh's moods reflect his disgust with the idea of his mom dating someone else. But he learns to trust again, which is an important lesson.

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What's the story?

Josh (Kevin Zegers) is devoted to his dog, Bud, who has proved that he has a penchant for playing basketball. What Josh does not realize is that Bud also plays a mean game of football. At the same time, a pair of villains is trying to abduct Bud to build their circus act. But more importantly to the movie, Josh is coping with the fact that his mother (Cynthia Stevens) is beginning to date again. This is a hard pill to swallow, since Josh's father passed away and still lives in Josh's heart. But with the help of his friends, his football coach, and his canine pal, Bud, he finds that life does go on after all.

Is it any good?


This movie is fun and actually rather moving. Josh's relationship with his dog really highlights how a pet can change the dynamic of an otherwise melancholy home. Moreover, the thoughtful performance that Kevin Zegers brings to the fore is very believable. This counterbalances the comedic aspect of the dog-in-a-football-uniform-winning-the-game formula. A good choice for a family movie night!

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Josh's situation. Does life really go on when a family member passes away? How do we deal with death and still try to live a full life?

  • How is Josh coping with his dad's death?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 12, 1998
DVD release date:December 12, 2000
Cast:Gregory Harrison, Kevin Zegers, Tim Conway
Director:Richard Martin
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent Written byDaisey042 December 26, 2009

Cute show

I liked the show. It wasn't mean or sad. It was a fun show surrounded around football. No scenes were detailed to make it scary.
What other families should know
Great role models
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe October 6, 2010
Cute, but more intense and suspenseful than the other Buddy movies.


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