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Air Bud Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

A high-flying dog tale for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie, while mostly lighthearted, does depict a child dealing with the death of his father. It also depicts abuse -- animal abuse and physical abuse of a boy by his coach -- though it makes it clear that both are wrong, and both are punished. If you don't have a dog already, be aware that kids may be inspired by this film to bring home stray dogs and try to teach them to play basketball.

  • Families can talk about the proper treatment of pets. Does Josh display responsibility when it comes to Buddy? What are signs of abuse, and what should you do if you discover them? How would you react if you saw adults doing things wrong?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Generally, Josh and Buddy display loyalty, integrity, and caring, but Josh also steals Buddy.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Implied animal abuse and a brief scene where a boy is hit by basketballs.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Brief mild language.

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    Consumerism: The movie does display some brands, but also makes clear that exploiting the dog for commercials is wrong.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue