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What 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!
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