Movie: The Secret Life Of Pets
Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: Max (Louis C.K.) is a very domesticated and very happy Jack Russell terrier who lives in an apartment in New York City with Katie (Ellie Kemper), his owner. The only problem in life as far as Max is concerned, is that his owner is gone for so long every day! Max lives for the time each day that he hears Katie come to the door, and his joy is boundless. Apparently Katie has an inkling as to how lonely poor Max gets, as one day she brings home a dog rescued from the pound, an enormous Newfoundland named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Max is stunned! He doesn’t want a roommate, and he especially doesn’t want competition for Katie’s affection! Something must be done to correct this deplorable turn of events.
From Duke’s perspective, he has landed in the lap of luxury. At the pound he was a few days away from getting snuffed, and he is not about to let some jealous mutt half his size mess up a good deal for him. Thus the territorial lines are drawn, and the law of club and fang will rule. Which only results in both dogs ending up on the mean streets of New York City, on the lam from the Animal Control truck, as well as some vicious alley cats. They meet up with Snowball (Kevin Hart), a cute little white bunny rabbit who is actually the leader of a resistance movement of various critters with a serious grudge against humans. Meanwhile, Gidget (Jenny Slade), a cute little Pomeranian with a secret crush on Max, leads a rescue party of unlikely heroes that includes: Chloe (Lake Bell), a fat and very sassy cat; Pops (Dana Carvey), an old Basset Hound; and Tiberius (Albert Brooks), a cranky and cynical hawk.
This is a fun movie on several levels. It has an excellent cast, great animation, a pretty decent plot for an animated movie that will engage the adults, and plenty of zany action sequences to keep the kiddies in thrall. And you might end up wondering what your pets are up to when you leave them alone in your house. Good stuff for a summer movie outing. Go see it.
Dialogue Nuggets: Max – “I’m the luckiest dog in New York City!”
(Katie closes apartment door) Max – “Where is she going? What could she possibly be doing? Oh, I miss her so much!”
Max to Chloe – “No one could ever love a cat the way they love a dog.”
Duke to Max – “I need this place, and if it’s going to come down between you and me, it’s going to be me!”
Mel – “Nobody likes you squirrel!”
Snowball – “You got the stench of domestication on you!”
Tiberius – “Okay, he’s too stupid to talk, and too ugly to eat.”
Snowball – “I feel heroic, and handsome and wet, but I still look good.”