The Secret Life of Pets

Movie Review 

Secret Life of Pets - Movie Review - Reads & Reels

From the humans that brought you Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets will make you wonder what your fuzz ball is up to when you leave the house!

A cute, funny flick that is definitely geared more towards adults.  But don’t worry, the kiddies will love the obvious slapstick humor and adorable characters.

Max (Louis C.K.) is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that’s bound for the pound. Luckily, a  rebellious bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart) swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who’ve done them wrong.

My Thoughts…

Like Minions and Despicable Me, the content and humor will fly over most kids’ heads. But for the person forced to take a little person to see The Secret Life of Pets, fear not because you are going to laugh a lot.  You may even get a little choked up at times.

It is no big secret that I love these types of movies but even this one surprised me a little.  My daughter is only two but I thought she would love the animals, etc.. and Dad and I would comfortably sit through another animated feature, maybe have a few laughs.  What surprised me, was how little this movie was for children, other than it being animated.  The content, jokes and most of the theme, in my humble opinion is too mature for most kids. My little one lost interest after the first fifteen minutes and even covered her eyes for some parts. That being said, she’s also two and covers her eyes when she sees dragons or dinosaurs.

I would say that this movie is perfect for the average tween and up.  The concept is great (what pets are up to when we leave), and it is really funny.  The main conflict isn’t very original but the execution is fantastic so it does make up for this in many other ways.  I liked the characters, especially Snowball and found the movie as a whole very entertaining.

If you have older kids that you want to use as an excuse to go see The Secret Life of Pets, then you will all have a great time.

 

Rating… B+

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