Air Bud: World Pup

Movie review by
Michael Scheinfeld, Common Sense Media
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Wholesome, endearing dog movie will delight grade schoolers.
  • G
  • 2000
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This movie is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

This movie shows through example the importance of teamwork, cooperation, and friendship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Josh is a tween who learns the importance of being yourself, especially when on dates. Emma is a very talented soccer player but always plays for her team and not just for herself.

Violence & Scariness

Some sports action. There is some dog-napping, but it isn't very scary and the puppies are safely returned

Sexy Stuff

Themes of first love.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this direct-to-video production is predictable but wholesome and entertaining family fare that's ideal for younger kids. There is some dog-napping, but it isn't very scary and the puppies are safely returned. There's lots of sports action for grade school-age kids, and older kids will relate to the themes of first love and forming new school friendships. There's a scene in which an older man has chronic flatulence while he's being interviewed to be hired as a butler.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymomof2b July 2, 2010

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 teenager... Continue reading
Parent of a 4-year-old Written bylcoakley1 August 5, 2020


Great messages of girls supporting girls and young women mentoring girls. Guest appearances by Women's National Team soccer stars. Playful and fun and sw... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 15, 2012


So figgin cute
Teen, 17 years old Written byIluvairbud February 4, 2017

This is the best movie in the world!

I was in a dark place. My wife had left me and taken the children. I was living alone in an old, moldy motel room when I decided to watch a movie. I looked thro... Continue reading

What's the story?

In AIR BUD: WORLD PUP, Buddy and his owner Josh (Kevin Zegers) join the school soccer team, which includes a pretty, new student from England named Emma. While Kevin falls for Emma and while Buddy finds love with Emma's dog, Polly, the soccer team gradually continues to improve, despite an opposing coach's attempt to get Buddy banned from the league. After Polly has a litter of puppies, a pair of nefarious dog-nappers steals the pups on the day of the championship soccer game. Kevin, Emma, and Buddy track down the thieves and return to the game in the nick of time for Buddy to score the winning goal.

Is it any good?

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

For older kids, the movie touches on such issues as first love and dealing with a parent's remarriage. The movie also is refreshingly non-sexist, typified by Emma's superior soccer skills and an epilogue featuring appearances by U.S. women's soccer team notables Brandi Chastain, Brianna Scurry, and Trisha Venturini.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Kevin deals with his first crush. What would you do in his situation?

  • If you've seen other Air Bud movies, how is this one similar to and different from the ones you've seen?

  • How is the issue of a new stepfather in the family addressed? What does the stepfather do to get closer to Josh?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love dogs and soccer

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