Air Bud Spikes Back

  • Review Date: June 20, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Cute dogs but dull plot; one of weaker Air Bud titles.
  • Review Date: June 20, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This movie shows tween characters trying to find jobs to save up money to get something they want. The importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship also are shown throughout the movie.

Positive role models

Andrea wants to visit her best friend, who has just moved to California; instead of asking her parents for the money to make this happen, she finds work taking care of dogs and learns the value of saving money. She also maintains a positive attitude as she tries to improve at beach volleyball.

Violence & scariness

Tame comedic pratfalls throughout the movie. Escaped dogs run rampant through a street fair, knocking over produce and sending an expensive vase skyward and eventually onto the dog Buddy's head. The two bad guys are thrown off a merry-go-round. There's a particularly disgusting vomit scene. Grandma Framm's parrot is kidnapped. Buddy is blamed for crimes he did not commit, which may upset younger kids.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Banners advertising Aquafina and Nissan are in the background of a beach volleyball tournament at the end of the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Air Bud Spikes Back is a 2003 sequel in the Air Bud franchise of sports-themed movies. There are some tame comedic pratfalls throughout the movie, and two bad guys are thrown off a merry-go-round.  Also, Buddy is blamed for crimes he did not commit, which may upset younger kids. There is a particularly disgusting vomit scene.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In AIR BUD SPIKES BACK, golden retriever Buddy is now in the care of Andrea Framm (Katija Pevec), who discovers that Buddy is a talented volleyball player. Buddy becomes a key player on Andrea's team, and they make it into the local championship tournament. But trouble brews when a pair of incompetent thieves set their sights on an enormous diamond on display at the local museum and Grandma Framm's parrot is kidnapped. Buddy is accused of the crimes, and he must find the real culprits and avoid being captured by authorities in time to play in the big game.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Although the dog stars are adorable (there are four dogs playing the lead), the movie would be more fun if it only featured them and dispensed with the dull plot. There are too many things going on, and none of it is very well-developed or even presented in a very interesting way.

The best sequence is one in which Andrea and her brother, Noah, start a dog-sitting service, because there's really nothing cuter than a little kid trying to wash a really big dog. Besides that soapy fun, the scenes featuring Buddy playing volleyball are entertaining -- although it's hard to imagine that the opposing teams wouldn't protest having to play against a dog. The acting is flat, the situations unrealistic, and the whole thing terribly predictable. That said, if there are dog lovers in your family, they'll enjoy the canine antics.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the responsibilities of pet ownership. How do you know if you're ready to have a pet?

  • How does Andrea try to get the money to visit her best friend, who's just moved to California? What's something you could do to try to make money for something you want?

  • How does Andrea show the importance of practice and determination when trying to get better at a sport?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 20, 2003
DVD release date:January 5, 2003
Cast:Cynthia Stevenson, Jake D. Smith, Katija Pevec
Director:Mike Southron
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Great girl role models
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe October 6, 2010
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5
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As we go into the second movie in the series, there's a loss of charm. Young children will enjoy the 'cute doggy' but there isn't a lot to keep preteens and up interested.
Kid, 11 years old January 28, 2009
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6
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not again....

The first movie in this series was really good. (read my review of it...) But by the time we get to the this one, the 5th in the series, they have barely changed the plot, the endings are going from sweet to cheesy, they no longer have the sweet moments that made me cry in the 1st one, and they are GETTING REALLY BORING! My recommendation, see the first 2 and thats it. The rest are boring and stupid, and that is coming from me, a major dog lover. The filmmakers should get with the program and stop making these. They are really starting to get on my nerves... P.s. If you see this same review on the 1st movie in the series, just ignore it andr ead my 5 star one.

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