Parents' Guide to

Air Bud: World Pup

By Michael Scheinfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Wholesome, endearing dog movie will delight grade schoolers.

Movie G 2000 83 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 5+

More romance than action.

I'm wondering if the the common sense review person actually watched the movie. The story is really a love story. A love story about 2 dogs and 2 teenagers. It is fine, but there is not as much soccer or action as we would have hoped. Much more love, love, love. It think the target of this movie is a girl for sure probably around 7-8, who is interested in romance. There is the "girl power" theme heavily at the end with professional world cup players. My 2 boys enjoyed it (ages 3 and 6) but it was different than we thought it would be. It is fine for younger kids like 3-5, but not really interesting for them. There is also a kidnapping scene of the puppies of the dogs. It isn't horribly scary, but it did raise alarm in the kids. It came from no where and for no reason. While there isn't a true "bad guy" that they are fighting through the movie, there are dog catchers at the end come and take the puppies for no apparent reason or build up (which makes it less scary). The situation is resolved, however, in a funny manner without violence
age 4+


Great messages of girls supporting girls and young women mentoring girls. Guest appearances by Women's National Team soccer stars. Playful and fun and sweet.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This film has a big heart and positive values involving sharing, cooperation, and friendship, but it never gets preachy or sappy. Air Bud: World Pup also features lots of adorable dogs, the soccer scenes are well-filmed and seem realistic despite the canine player, and young children will marvel at Buddy's athletic prowess.

For older kids, the movie touches on issues like first love and dealing with a parent's remarriage. For its era, the movie also refreshingly pays tribute to women athletes, as shown by Emma's superior soccer skills and an epilogue with appearances by U.S. women's soccer team notables Brandi Chastain, Brianna Scurry, and Trisha Venturini.

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