A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his family to the small town of Fernfield, Washington. The new kid in town, Josh has no friends and is too shy to try out for the school basketball team. Instead he prefers to practice alone on an abandoned court, he befriends a runaway golden retriever named Buddy. Josh is amazed when he realizes that Buddy loves basketball...that is playing basketball...and he is GOOD! Josh eventually makes the school team and Buddy is named the Team Mascot. Josh and Buddy become the stars of halftime. Buddy's half-time talent draws media attention. Unfortunately, when Buddy's mean former owner, Norm Snively, comes along with a scheme to cash in on the pup's celebrity, it looks like they are going to be separated.
|nudity||Boys are seen shirtless, and Kevin Zeger's bare back is seen as he quickly puts a shirt on.|
|violence||Some bullying, rough talk|
|profanity||Two uses of "what the hell...." A few uses of "butt" (like, "get your butt over here" kind of stuff)|
|alcohol||None observed (perhaps?)|
|frightening||Bullying and some rough handling of an animal. Supposedly no animal was hurt in filming, but filmed appearance of potential injury is strong. One scene of boy trying to "let go" of dog (set him free to keep him safe) is pretty emotionally intense and may raise questions from younger viewers. (my 5 year old talked about this for days after watching) Not intense, but worth noting for some viewers: The recently deceased father is a recurring theme in this movie, as it is the basis for the boys sadness and need for companionship.|