This shaggy-dog story about an unhappy youngster and the golden retriever who draws him out of his shell is a delightful surprise, a well-told children's tale with the kind of old-fashioned emotional resonance that's too often lost today amid crude pratfalls
and smart-mouth remarks. Placed in a new school in the middle of the year and still grieving for his late father, young Josh Framm (Kevin Zegers) has become withdrawn and apathetic. Even basketball, a passion he shared with his dad, scarcely seems to matter. Then Josh finds Buddy, who's been
abandoned by dyspeptic party clown Norm Snively (Michael Jeter). The pup's sweet, tolerant face and irrepressible enthusi...