Air Bud: Golden Receiver
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: +3

About a year ago in the first of the AIR BUD series, junior higher Josh Framm and a stray Golden Retriever dog he named Buddy teamed up to make Josh's school a winner in basketball. In this sequel, Josh(Kevin Zegers) and Buddy are still together, but this time Josh has joined the school football team which is not doing so well. Not only that, but Josh's mother (Cynthia Stevenson) has fallen for the local handsome veterinarian (Gregory Harrison) who Josh thinks has a girl in every port. One day Buddy joins the school football practice and amazes everyone with his ability to catch passes with his teeth. So, he's made a team member complete with his own miniature K-9 Jersey and shoulder pads. With his help, the team makes it to the state finals, but a calamity strikes. Buddy is kidnapped by two wacky Russian animal circus operators and it looks like the school doesn't have a chance.

This sequel is loads of fun with plenty of football excitement, slapstick comedy and the amazing athletic ability of Buddy. Youngsters, as well as their parents, will get a kick out this one. The first AIR BUD movie was a wholesome, decent film and this one continues the tradition. The coach of the junior high football team tells the players that football should be fun and not something you do just to win. He also says he's coaching because he loves the kids. Only one moderately crude phrase is used in the dialogue and one of the teenage boys says he likes junior high because that's when girls change into women. Of course, there's plenty of rough treatment on the football field, and the Russian circus operators get involved in lots of moderately intense slapstick antics. They get banged up in various ways, including being hit on the head by a circus monkey, thrown into a pond and the ocean, and covered up by a load of fish guts. Josh's mom and the vet don't become sexually involved and the vet turns out to be a honorable guy. Take the whole family to see this one. It's a real winner.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, 3900 W. Alameda Ave. Burbank CA 91521

Crude Language: Once - Moderate (kick butt)
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Many times - Moderate (chase threats, woman hit on head, football knocks man into pond, boys slightly injured on football field, football player bangs head against locker, football player falls on dog, skunk sprays woman, man hit and jerked around by large hook, man and woman covered up by load of fish guts and later thrown into ocean, man hit by big fish)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: Male sports announcer comically kisses another announcer.
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Teenage boys likes junior high because girls change into women there.
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Families

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