Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets

The week we took our kids to the theater and watched The Secret Life of Pets. Surely this is very different from most of the other movie reviews that I have done, but it was a great movie perfect for the entire family. And the more time passes, the more I find myself watching movies and TV shows with the kids instead of the heavy dose of movies that I used to watch.

The Secret Life of Pets comes from the people behind Despicable Me, another recent children’s favorite and it is a hilarious movie that keeps everyone, whether 6 years old or 35, interested and entertained. The movie revolves around Max, a lovable dog that has it made. He has a great owner named Katie that shows him attention all the time. He has it made as a pet. That is of course until Katie comes home one night with another dog, Duke. Once Duke arrives, things change for Max and then they leave Katie’s apartment and get lost in a foreign world.

On the streets of New York City, Max and Duke have to avoid workers from the animal shelter, cars, other humans and a wild group of animals that have banded together against being a domesticated pet. The leader of the group, a crazed rabbit named Snowball, takes the two dogs into the gang until he finds out they lied and then hunts them down through New York. 

Meanwhile, Gidget, another dog with a crush on Max, leads a group of pets on a mission to find Max and bring him home. But they have to avoid the mayhem of the city themselves in their search. And all the while, Max and Duke learn a lot about each other and themselves on their way back home.

Featuring voices from Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Dana Carvey, and many more, The Secret Life of Pets is a hilarious movie that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. I went to make my kids happy. But when we left the theater, my wife and I enjoyed it just as much as them. It is a perfect family movie and I highly suggest it and think it is a movie that can be enjoyed by just about anyone.
Daryl Karpinski, Jr.