Charming But Not Serious,
This review is from: Air Bud: World Pup (Full Screen) [Import] (DVD)The original Air Bud dealt with a lot of serious issues. Josh had lost his dad, he moved to a new town and had no friends, he had to confront Buddy's original owner, and he had to chose losing Buddy to protect Buddy. World Pup is so devoid of serious moments that one wonders at some of the characters.
Both Buddy and Josh find love interests in this movie. Things start with Josh's mother remarrying. Josh joins the soccer team in order to be closer to, and possibly make points with, a girl he is attracted to.
Two shady characters are out to get Buddy and Buddy's love interest (and later, their puppies of which there are six and not four like pictured on the cover).
There are plenty of good dog moments and the lack of seriousness means parents will not be tempted to skip over any scenes. But there are two things that don't make sense.
Who are the bad guys, what are they really up to, and how can they make any money at it if it takes them many months just to get at Buddy and family?
As in Seventh Inning Stretch, Josh's parents go to the big game and find out Josh is missing (as is his girlfriend and Buddy). What do they do? They watch the game! Can you believe it! They show no concern for a missing child (at least in SIS they have a few lines about wondering where they could be). The way the mother was portrayed in the first movie, she should have been turning the town upside-down looking for Josh. Not a good portrayal of a loving family.
But, all in all, the movie is fun and appropriate for younger children (my four-year-old loved it).