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Although there are a few plot holes, this movie is better constructed than the previous sequels. The dogs are adorable. The acting serves the story. There are a few borderline obscenities, and some politically correct moments about boys and girls in sports. However, there are a lot of moral values worked into the movie, which also contains themes of self-sacrifice. This is a good positive movie, which children of all ages will enjoy, especially if they love dogs.
(BBB, C, PC, L, V) Moral worldview with redemptive elements and politically correct elements; six very light obscenities such as heck and gosh darn and changing baby relieves itself; dognappers kidnap dogs, slapstick violence, person hit by baseball; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, nothing else objectionable.
Although not on the same level as the original, AIR BUD IV: SEVENTH INNING FETCH is an adorable, entertaining video movie that exceeds the production values of the previous sequels. Flouting W. C. Fields’ dictum about NOT working with children and animals, Keystone Entertainment has found a successful formula for doing just that, with a little help from contemporary special effects.
The setup is simple. A mad scientist wants to kidnap Air Bud and all of his puppies so that he can isolate their super sports gene and market it. Josh is off to college, so it is now up to his step-sister, Andrea, to save the day.
Andrea has just entered high school. She has to play a sport. She chooses baseball. She is a disaster, but her friend, Tammy, who joins with her is terrific and plays much better than the boys. When Tammy hurts her knee, Andrea has to learn to play with the help of Air Bud, who teachers her how to throw, bat and retrieve. Within a short period of time, Andrea becomes better than her male teammates. When the championship comes, the dognappers have stolen the pups and everyone has to go to the rescue.
Although there are a few plot holes, this movie is better constructed than the previous sequels. The dogs are adorable. The acting serves the movie. There are a few hecks, goshes and borderline obscenities. In one scene, Andrea changes her baby brother and he relieves himself on her, mimicking the scene in THREE MEN AND A BABY. A lot of moral values are worked into the movie, which also contains themes of self-sacrifice. The dognappers are suitably slapstick and non-threatening to little children. The biggest negative would be the politically correct point that Andrea can learn baseball and exceed her male counterparts, making them look like fools in such a short period of time. Having four children, including one girl who loves to play baseball, it isn’t so easy, but it is cute watching Air Bud teach Andrea how to play.
Otherwise, this is a good positive movie, which children of all ages will enjoy, especially if they love dogs.