A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when said owner also takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes.
“The Secret Life of Pets” is a fast-paced and frolicking film, filled with fun! The audience is introduced to various pets, such as Gidget the dog, who has a crush on Max. Max, a small dog, loves his owner Katie, but when Katie brings home a new — and big — dog, named Duke, Max is jealous. Little does he realize that, despite breaking several vases and items in the home in an attempt to blame Duke, they will soon both be on an adventure and become very good friends. Leonard the poodle cranks up the rock and roll as soon as his owner leaves. Also, a rabbit wants vengeance and dislikes all humans but changes his mind when a sweet girl adores him and makes him her pet at the conclusion of the film. This film shows character growth, as many of the pets mature in their relationships with others.
It also has a lot of “fantasy-violence,” with a lizard and rabbit who drive vehicles and crash several times, as a result. A few of the animals get into some fights, and not all of them are “cat and dog” fights but include other creatures, too, such as a hawk and a viper. The characters also start name-calling in some scenes. The dog catcher nabs the animals more than once, and escape becomes their plan of action. Parents should consult the content listing to make their own informed choices regarding their kids seeing the movie, but we are awarding it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus. The film features a positive theme of teamwork among the animals, as well as some comedic scenes, including a small dog using a blender to massage his back and tummy. “The Secret Life of Pets” reveals the pets have a lot more going on with them than their owners would realize, once the owners have left the house. These pets are entertaining for sure, and they offer lots of chuckles along the way.