Judge David Johnson got arrested for trying to sell some Air Bud.
A new breed of soccer dad.
According to the back of the disc case, Air Bud: World Pup is a "timeless film." Words don't have meaning anymore, do they?
Facts of the Case
Buddy (a.k.a. Air Bud) is living the sweet life. His owner just remarried and now he's finally got a stable home life, which allows him to turn his attention towards hot sex! One day, while running around saving the world or something, Buddy notices a fetching retriever named Molly, the pet of a British family that just moved into town. Ironically, the daughter of said British family has caught the eye of Buddy's teenage pal Josh, so there's some parallel courting going on.
To get closer to her, Josh joins the school's loser soccer team, where he's immediately shown up by Buddy's ability to score goals at will. This leads to the soccer coach drafting the dog onto the team. Which leads to an improbable championship run. Which leads to a last-second miracle shot in slow-motion. Which leads to Air Bud tending goal for the U.S. women's Olympic team?!
Disney live-action films typically exist in an alternate universe; magical, whimsical places where superior sports teams are consistently bested by plucky bands of underachievers, and grown-ups are hit with pies. World Pup exists in such a world, just with a slight twist: it is populated by morons.
Here's a list:
The Soccer Coach
Josh's Stupid Best Friend
The Evil Dog Catchers
The Editor of the Town Newspaper
The big news of this movie is the birth of the Buddies, which prompts a whole new series of excruciating films. The Buddies, as we learn in successive adventures, can speak. Wow. Their father was a tri-sport superstar athlete. They can talk in complete sentences. I figure their offspring can poop gold.
This double-dip brings exactly one brand new bonus feature: a five-minute bit where the Buddies talk about Air Bud's athletic career, and yes it is as godforsaken as it sounds. To sweeten the deal, Disney's included a tiny Air Bud sports cinch bag that was obviously not made for human hands.
World Pup! I get it! That playful pun almost makes this formulaic hooey tolerable!
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