Air Bud: Golden Receiver

Theatrical Release: August 14, 1998
DVD Release: December 12, 2000
Air Bud: Golden Receiver


In this follow-up to last year’s comedy AIR BUD, Josh Framm’s wonder dog Buddy is up to his old tricks when he breaks onto the court of a pro basketball game the Framm family is attending. After seeing Buddy play basketball on TV, two animal “collectors” decide he would be the perfect star attraction for their fledgling Moscow circus – and make a plan to kidnap him. For Buddy and his family, that’s just the beginning of another adventure filled with comedy, suspense and high-flying hoops action.

Dove Review

This is one the entire family can enjoy. Buddy the dog has some amazing talents, including shooting baskets on a basketball court and catching footballs with his teeth. He is a Golden Receiver, not just a Golden Retriever! When his owner Josh takes up football, Buddy joins in and soon becomes known as Air Bud on the football field. The football coach, a good hearted man who is in danger of losing his job, sees his team begin to climb in the standings as a result of Air Bud and a renewed team spirit. Josh adjusts to football but a bigger adjustment is accepting the fact his mother is falling in love with Patrick, the local vet. Josh’s dad has died and it is difficult for him to move on.

The movie has some interesting characters and this is, I am pleased to say, a wholesome family film. We award this movie four doves and give it our Dove Seal for all family members.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: Butt-1
Violence: Humorous mild violence; man is accidentally hit in the head with a football; couple falls into water; kid runs into football post; kids tackle each other hard in football games; dog is dog napped; man is speared in rear end accidentally; monkey fences woman; monkey hits lever and bad characters are struck with fish guts.
Drugs: Needle is used to give dog a shot (only needle is seen, not the shot).
Nudity: None
Other: A character looks in doctor's private file but later is caught; boy runs away from home.


Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Writer: Kevin DiCicco and Paul Tamasy and Aaron Mendelsohn
Director: Richard Martin
Producer: Robert Vince
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter