Sometimes goofy, sometimes touching, and always fun, Air Bud is a true original. Despite a gazillion sequels which aren't worth a spit, this first entry is very very good and highly recommended for the whole family.
A young boy moves with his family to a small town, and still lonely from his father's death, has trouble making friends and fitting in. When he chances upon a sprightly golden retriever, who is an absolute whiz at basketball, the two make the school team. But then the dog's original evil owner shows back up...
So many issues permeate all through this story. From parental loss to animal cruelty to bullies to learning team spirit, all sorts of life lessons are exhibited. The pain Josh the boy lives with is very noticeable, and the love and companionship of Buddy the dog is remarkably healing.
When Buddy takes on and takes over the basketball court, he will plaster a fun smile full of silliness onto your face. Yes it is non-sensical and yes it is against all rules and common sense, but who cares? The fun and merriment Buddy illicits is courageous. And that is all good.
Air Bud is a swell fun movie that has a soul. A dog helping heal a troubled boy, who then returns the favour. All while playing basketball.