Air Bud: Spikes Back (2003 Video)
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It was succinct and non-stop. Very little happened in the movie that didn't add to a character's motivation or advance the plot. Unless you consider the plot to be "Buddy plays volleyball" then nothing advances the plot the entire movie. That overlooks the true plot of the movie though, "Buddy robs a... museum?"
The subplot of the movie focuses on Marv and Stretch trying to steal a tennis ball sized piece of glass cut like a diamond from what is either a summer camp office, a ranger station, or a museum with a lot of sensors and a stereotypical fat rent-a-cop. How do you get past the lasers? A dog of course.
But, they fail. After setting off the laser they escape but have to chase Buddy and are recognized by the guard from casing the joint (or working in their daily job or something).
That's the first problem with the plan. It's unnecessary. Their main conflict could have been solved with a mask and some sprinting ability. They wasted weeks trying to dognap an MVP because they overestimated the security response. Sloppy.
The second is why Buddy? They saw him display the two skills necessary for the task (ducking and grabbing a ball) while his owner stood and made weird faces (the prize in this competition between an adult and a child was ice cream coupons, which is great for Kevin, whose primary diet is ice cream but would have been a real bummer for the adult if they won). That's helpful, but why not just get a new dog and train him on their own? A stranger's dog isn't going to behave for you. They spent a lot of time and money watching a little boy (risky if the town had more than a single elderly police officer). The plan wouldn't have worked if there were a leash law. If there was one, Buddy's owners simply didn't care.
They could have been successful had they taken a little extra time to think it through. They end up locked in the back of a police car in the sun on the beach while the officer officiates a volleyball game. Possibly to perish.
The other plot focuses on Buddy's owners, Kevin and Kat. Kevin is a toddler who is in charge of training Buddy and advancing the plot through negligence. Kat is a teen girl who is left behind when her best-friend moves to Kalifornia. Her parents won't pay to visit, so they're probably on the East coast. The only stale moment in this rip-roaring plot is a montage of her attempts to make money. Though it has more negligence from Kevin as he allows a dog to suffer a rash after heavy shampooing without rinsing.
Eventually through classic hijinks Kat has to use the money to payback merchants after Kevin let the dogs out and they destroyed some junk (and gave these shifty beach merchants a chance to gouge a child "let's round it up..." before skipping town). With a heavy heart, she writes Veronica a letter and tells her she won't be coming to Kalifornia (why a letter? It's 2003, she can get on AIM and chat with her. This question isn't explored).
So, instead of visiting California she hangs out with the whifro kid who moved into Veronica's house (Jughead). He plays volleyball. When a member of his team dies or something he tells Coach (an overenthusiastic 90s caricature who has more visors that say "Coach" on them than most people have shoes--maybe because it's his actual name and they're monogrammed) to let her play because he wants to "serve her" his "spike". Buddy teaches her how to play. Some would argue she should have learned earlier; some are right but the issue is never explored. Some would argue she shouldn't let a dog teach her sports, but have you seen Buddy's resume?
She plays and they do well. Or they lose. I think both occurred. They lose the last game, Betty--the team's "setter"--leaves the team to buy a sports bra. They need a fifth man! Luckily, there's nothing in the rulebook that says a dog can't play volleyball (well, no one ever checks, but the opposing team "Mouserat" never brings it up). So Buddy plays and does well. Now it's the one game tournament!
Buddy is late because he had to escape Marv and Stretch. The team was doing well (behind by three) despite being a man down and Buddy only touches the ball twice for the victory. You won't notice though because you'll be so pumped that Buddy is finally playing volleyball AND THEY'RE GOING TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
Well, Buddy is. And Kat is there with Veronica. Oh because it's in Kalifornia. But Buddy is playing doubles with an adult we've never seen before despite the play-in game being teams with children. They should have spent a minute explaining any of this. They don't. The movie ends suddenly and all you have left are questions.
Overall, you just spent more time reading this review than it would have taken you to watch the movie. Don't be afraid to watch this movie, it will be over before you realize and since the whole thing is available on YouTube/Amazon for free there's no excuse. Unless they cut parts out. Which I'd believe because tons of it didn't make sense. If nothing else, every moment is worth it for Jughead's whifro.
Oh! That reminds me. Jughead skateboards. It's a big thing in the movie. I have no idea why.
The biggest downside of the movie is that Buddy plays fewer minutes of volleyball than it took you to load the IMDb homepage. Don't watch at your own risk.
Basic story line. Bad team gets great when Bud joins, he misses the final game then comes back before the end and they win, then he ends up playing with the worlds best.
What is different about this one is the main character is now Josh's sister after Josh has gone to college. She is a massive drainer the whole movie and try's to steal the movie from Air Bud. I think Bud really wanted to punch her in the face and turn this into a boxing movie but that is probably less family friendly story line.
Fist issue. At the start the bad guy's are trying to steal a gem which who even knows why that was even in Fernfield, no one ever went to see it. It just sat there in the school being guarded by an overweight security guard.
Second issue. The little kid eats approximately 20 ice creams across the 80 minute movie. So once every 4 minutes this kid is stuffing his face with more ice cream, I'm not picking on his choice of diet however not once during the whole movie does he get an ice cream headache. Massive let down there!
Third issue. I can't be exactly sure of the time but last time I checked I was 51 minutes into this movie and Bud hadn't even touched a volleyball. For a movie about a dog playing volleyball, I don't expect to wait over 3/4 of the movie to see a dog playing volleyball!
Finally the volleyball scenes were pathetic at best. They constantly looped the same shot of Bud setting the ball, followed by the tall guy jumping, followed by random person A and B diving in the sand and missing the ball. They probably could have got a few more different shots. The scoring is also all wrong the writers could have at least googled the rules of volleyball beforehand.
However in true Air Bud form you still get the same fuzzy feeling when you see him running in wearing the team colours for the first time and how excited he looks after winning a point. You can't help but still get excited watching him play sport.
As usual, the movie ends with Air Bud going to the championship although I don't know much about volleyball competitions. Again, just show us how he got that far. The acting is quite bad especially this one scene where a kid just seems to be screaming for awhile for no reason. I don't notice or care if these were the same kids from the other movies. It's so repetitive I could have predicted it like a Michael Bay Transformers film. At this point, they might have run out of sports. I'm sooo glad I got to watch "Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil" to balance out the stupidity of Direct To Video Month. *1/2
3/10. Whooe. This stunk. I don't know if there was a plot, but here goes. Buddy does volleyball, is caught, and is used to steal a diamond, and then play volleyball. That's it. Now. Let's talk about the characters that can't seem to stay from movie to movie. There's even different directors for each of the 5 movies! Why couldn't Josh Framm be in this one? Maybe because he knew that it was going to be a flop, none of the characters were the same, and he was off doing something better than a straight to video movie. I could have sworn that Buddy had a new family cause no one looked a like. I was like what happened here? Then Kajita, or whatever her name is who plays the main character, wasn't even in the last movie. So, it gets hard to follow. The Tammy gal was in the last 2, so I thought I saw her from somewhere. The parents and gram gram are kind of clueless. The parents went on a veterinary clinic convention, and they were gone for most of the movie. Aren't conventions just a couple of days, not weeks? Now, what about a boy that likes to skate and play volleyball? Is that a weird combination or what? The Robbers were idiots, and were just plain out a worthless piece of time.
Well, now that the character follies are out of the way. Time for some technical follies. If you read license plates, it said Washington. Well, Andrea (that's the Kajita girl, the main character) said she would raise half of the money to go on a trip to visit her friend that moved away (Tammy). Yet, she is raising $600 by herself, thus making a trip like that $1200. I can understand from the East Coast but from Washington!?!?!? What happened to Buddy's children? They were in the last one. I guess it took up too much of their time to train 5 or more dogs again. Want me to keep going, cause I will anyway. Let's jump to the last game. You seem them constantly losing, and their morale is low because Buddy isn't there. Once Buddy comes, they're all happy and can beat the other team, but once you see a point played, they show you the score, and they're almost tied! So, if we see them constantly losing, how can we know that they were actually tied? Once again, this was a dumb storyline, and was probably made on a $5 million budget. Obviously, this was a cliche as the other 3 movies are too. The storyline was dumb, but hey, this is geared toward younger kids, not adults. Why do we need more Air Bud movies? The original ones is dead.They seriously need to stop doing these movies, but if they continue, here is a couple of ideas:
Air Bud Six is likely to be "Air Bud: On the Mat" where he becomes a wrestler. Air Bud: Bowling for Doggy Treats.
Air Bud : Pump the Gas (Car Racing - description : Buddy Team Up with his son (the one owning a gas station) to win the Indy 500)
Air Bud : En Passant (Chessmaster - description : became chessmaster and at the end beat the World Champ in 6 moves! to rescue Tammy)
Air Bud : Up In The Sky (Skydiving - description : he got to rescue Tammy by jumping from a plane to another)
Air Bud : On the Greens (Golf - descrption : beat Tiger, win the World Cup and save Tammy)
Air Bud : Vs MVP (Hockey - description : End Rivality with MVP and team up with the monkey to save the world(or Tammy))
Air Bud : Walk the dog (Yo-yo - description : play yo-yo at the same time stop mad scientist to clone Tammy)
Air Bud : With Poker Face (Poker - description : Buddy go to Vegas playing poker and he had to win to rescue his owner from the debt)
Coming next week to fox! All of these ideas came from IMDB.com. So thanks from there. Anyway, see the movie if you have a younger child but don't watch it yourself.
A large diamond is being delivered to the Fernfield museum to be put on display. The plumbers who are there to fix the toilet are not plumbers, and I doubt seriously that these morons could fix anything. They are there to steal the diamond. One problem: the diamond is guarded by laser beams worthy of "Mission: Impossible". There is a heating vent that leads right to the diamond, but it's too small for them. Maybe they could get a child to steal the diamond. Or a dog. When they see Buddy perform in a canine obstacle course competition, they know what they have to do. They have to kidnap Buddy!
Andrea figures out how to earn money. Her father is a vet and she is so good with the animals at his office. She can be a pet sitter. Of course, that's harder than it looks.
Another possibility: Connor moves into Tammy's old house. He used to play beach volleyball, and, yes, Fernfield has a league, but the team is not very good. For one thing, the coach is so dumb he makes the jewel thieves look like they could pull off The Italian Job. (Okay, I was exaggerating. No one could make those guys look smart.) If by some miracle (Buddy, perhaps?) the team wins the league championship, they get a trip to see Gabrielle Reece and other professionals in California. So Andrea joins the team along with Connor.
Andrea's parents go to a convention, and Grandma is left in charge along with her annoying parrot and lack of ability in the kitchen.
This movie had nothing that would make it inappropriate for children, which is a good thing because only children would watch it. Or perhaps adult Lizzie McGuire fans. Of which I am one. Andrea is almost as adorable as Lizzie (and she gets it from her mom). Her annoying little brother Noah is no Matt, but he seems like a real kid rather than a Hollywood version. Connor is not exactly Gordo, who had brains rather than athletic ability, but maybe he'll appeal to teenage girls.
I don't like dogs but how could anyone not like Buddy? The canine actor (actors?) is so talented in so many ways. But there was one unbelievable scene which would have been easy enough for an accomplished trainer, but come on! Dumb and Dumber could NOT have done that.
Pat Cranshaw was still going strong when this was made, which is hard to believe since he was ancient 20 years ago. He still had the same charm. And there was another sequel! I found this out looking to see when he died. Apparently it was his last movie.
The bumbling idiot jewel thieves are quite funny. And then there is the one man who stood between them and the diamond, the fat and lazy but friendly security guard Phil (hence the need for lasers).
There is plenty of comedy here, physical and otherwise, and several enjoyable but implausible plot lines.
It's a fun movie if you aren't looking for quality.
This is obviously 3 years after the 7th inning stretch taking into fact that in that movie Andrea was just going into middle school 6th grade. In this one , she was ending 8th grade. I guess that would make Josh going to be a senior in College
It's a film that most kids will enjoy, some adults might not simple due to its basically the same thing only different sports, and slightly different situation. This is the first they have ever done something during the `Summer' versus the school year so that was different