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Air Buddies Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Air Bud's adorable talking pups to the rescue.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this direct-to-DVD movie in the Air Bud series shows puppy siblings working together to support one another while they try to rescue their parents from a villain. Puppies, and eventually their child owners, are imperiled by bungling henchmen. A threatening-looking wolf turns out to be a helper to the lost pups.

  • Families can talk about how the puppy siblings have strong personalities but come together as a team when there's a problem. How are you and your own siblings (or friends) alike, and how are you different?
  • Have you ever been on a sports team or worked on a class project withsomeone very different from you, and if so, how did you get along?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Positive messages of teamwork and family bonds, both within canine and human families. Broadly drawn adult villains are punished, and a bratty kid is transformed through a puppy's love. Eruptions of dog gas are played for laughs throughout the movie.

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    Role models: Despite some questionable behavior in the beginning the frisky puppies are still too cute to be bad. Plus, they help teach humans some important lessons about love too.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: A threatening villain physically and verbally bullies his henchmen, who are also suspended and pelted with snack food by a dog-loving motorcycle gang.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A puppy falls into a wine vat and, inebriated, is the only one to get captured during one chase.