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      Air Bud

      PG Released Aug 1, 1997 1h 37m Kids & Family Comedy Drama List
      48% Tomatometer 31 Reviews 38% Audience Score 250,000+ Ratings Diffident in the wake of his father's death, high schooler Josh (Kevin Zegers) struggles to adapt to his new home in Washington state. That all changes, however, when he signs up to be the school basketball team's manager and discovers that his pet dog Bud, a stray golden retriever he took in, can play the sport amazingly well. After Bud joins the team, Josh's life brightens considerably, until the dog's former owner Norm Snively (Michael Jeter) returns in hopes of reclaiming the pooch. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Air Bud's wacky concept isn't entirely enough to fill a feature-length film, but this rather silly family-friendly outing is partly redeemed by its extremely charming title character.

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      Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times Admirable for the way in which writers Paul Tamasy and Aaron Mendelsohn have injected a sense of reality amid lots of rousing fantasy calamities... Mar 1, 2024 Full Review Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader Dubious highlights include the dog wearing two pairs of basketball shoes and eating a frightening amount of vanilla pudding. Mar 1, 2024 Full Review Stephen Hunter Washington Post A smart pet trick that turns into a stupid movie. Mar 1, 2024 Full Review Amelia Navascues Triple J Who wouldn't love a story about a homeless golden retriever who runs away from his alcoholic clown for a father, Norm, to shoot hoops? Mar 6, 2018 Full Review Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy The writing is so messy and aimless that when the film retrenches to generic kid flick mediocrity, it actually counts as a relief. Rated: 2/10 Nov 27, 2014 Full Review Heather Boerner Common Sense Media A high-flying dog tale for kids. Rated: 4/5 Sep 9, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jace E Air Bud was one of my favorites growing up. The story of a lonely boy who finds a dog, only to discover that he can play basketball: what more could a kid want? While the story is a bit implausible, the acting is clunky and the plot is formulaic, there is a tremendous amount of heart in Air Bud. The film transports me to my childhood in the 90's, a simpler time. Every time that I watch it, I want to break out the vanilla pudding cups and shoot baskets in a leaf covered basketball court. Also, the score is fantastic (very reminiscent of "Rudy"). Best Character: Josh Best Quote: "Good boy. Just like we always do." - Josh Best Scene: Playing on the Secret Court Best Piece of Score: "Remembering Dad" and "Together at First" are brilliant. Note: I watched this movie with my 7-year-old son and we were both sniffling during the "I don't want you anymore!" scene. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/13/24 Full Review Bullet In A Bible oh my god what did i just whitness Rated 1 out of 5 stars 11/22/23 Full Review Michael W This sports movie was great. Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Bill Cobbs, Wendy Makkena, and the rest of the cast did a great job in this movie. The story of the movie was entertaining, humorous, and heartfelt. It's about making a friend and having fun with a skilled dog that can play basketball. If you haven't seen this movie yet, check it out sometime. It's a great movie for an entire family. Don't listen to the bad reviews this movie has gotten. Those people have terrible tastes in movies. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/07/23 Full Review Tyler N Awesome kids movie! Pets, sports, great scenery, very clean. One of my childhood favorites, now I'm getting to share with my children. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/07/23 Full Review Brittany G W movie a dog playing basket ball WHAT A W so much more about the movie that is good 10/10 would try again! Should watch and that makes you a certified W and you have 15+ social credit so watch the Moabite and give it 5 stars Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/19/23 Full Review It's impossible, but it cheers me up. It only cheers me up. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/20/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Diffident in the wake of his father's death, high schooler Josh (Kevin Zegers) struggles to adapt to his new home in Washington state. That all changes, however, when he signs up to be the school basketball team's manager and discovers that his pet dog Bud, a stray golden retriever he took in, can play the sport amazingly well. After Bud joins the team, Josh's life brightens considerably, until the dog's former owner Norm Snively (Michael Jeter) returns in hopes of reclaiming the pooch.
      Director
      Charles Martin Smith
      Producer
      William Vince, Robert Vince
      Screenwriter
      Kevin DiCicco, Paul Tamasy, Aaron Mendelsohn
      Distributor
      Walt Disney Home Video [gb], Buena Vista Pictures
      Production Co
      Walt Disney Pictures
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 1, 1997, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $24.6M
      Runtime
      1h 37m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Digital
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