A disgruntled clown neglects his talented canine partner, and the animal finds its way into the home and heart of a bereaved 12-year-old boy in a predictable story written by Paul Tamasy and Aaron Mendelsohn and directed by Charles Martin Smith (1997). The basketball stunts of dog actor Buddy—owned and trained by Kevin DiCicco—are refreshing because they’re obviously not digitally enhanced. Dubious highlights include the dog wearing two pairs of basketball shoes and eating a frightening amount of vanilla pudding.