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Air Bud (1997)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  1 August 1997 (USA)
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A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his ... See full summary »

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A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his family to the small town of Fernfield, Washington. The new kid in town, Josh has no friends and is too shy to try out for the school basketball team. Instead he prefers to practice alone on an abandoned court, he befriends a runaway golden retriever named Buddy. Josh is amazed when he realizes that Buddy loves basketball...that is playing basketball...and he is GOOD! Josh eventually makes the school team and Buddy is named the Team Mascot. Josh and Buddy become the stars of halftime. Buddy's half-time talent draws media attention. Unfortunately, when Buddy's mean former owner, Norm Snively, comes along with a scheme to cash in on the pup's celebrity, it looks like they are going to be separated. Written by <BReid@proedit.com>

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He Sits. He Stays. He Shoots. He Scores. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,878,632 (USA) (1 August 1997)

Gross:

$24,629,916 (USA) (12 December 1997)
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The Seattle SuperSonics' expired icon appears on Josh's bed - the team is now the Oklahoma City Thunder. See more »

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Close to the end of the finals, if you look close at the scoreboard during the wide shot of play, you can see the countdown, but when we see the scoreboard in closeup, it shows it at 5 seconds even though it already had gone past 5 seconds. See more »

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[first lines]
Norm Snively: [after seeing a tear in his shirt] Oh, darn it!
[dresses Buddy; of a newspaper]
Norm Snively: Okay, mutt, show time! Okay, come here. Hold it. Hold it. Do not make me use this, Okay?
[rings doorbell; it opens]
Norm Snively: Hi, Clown and the Hound!
[entering]
Norm Snively: Ow!
[chuckling]
Norm Snively: Okay, kids, it's "Happy Slappy Time!" All right now, we'll start off with a little plate-spinnin', okay?
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Entertaining and cute
10 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Air Bud is far from a classic, but I was surprised at how much I liked this movie. As far as dog movies go, Lassie Come Home and Old Yeller are the best in my opinion, but Air Bud is not a bad family movie at all. It is too short though, and there is some uneven direction and some hit and misses in the script, However, some of it is fitfully amusing, and the story is appealing. And the characters are engaging, especially Buddy and Josh, those two have great chemistry together. Kevin Zegers is likable enough, while Buddy steals the film whether it is the stunts or the bonding scenes. Air Bud is nice to look at, and the soundtrack is decent. But I have to give special mention to the acrobatics, because they are amazing. All in all, an entertaining and likable film, not perfect but decent family fare without taking itself too seriously. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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