The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Max has an idyllic life with his beloved owner – apart from those odd spells every day when she leaves their New York apartment without him. Every morning, pets throughout the block are left with a cheery “See you later!” and must find their own way to deal with the separation: Max sits in front of the door, patiently waiting for Katie to return; Chloe raids the fridge; Sweetpea puts his favourite video game on. Welcome to the secret life of pets!

The real drama kicks off when Katie brings home a new rescue dog, Duke. Max isn’t best pleased, and soon the feuding leads to disaster as the pair are lost in Manhattan and on the run from the gang of ‘Flushed Pets’, led by the psychotic-but-cute Snowball. Can Max’s friends and neighbours mount a rescue mission?

I found Life of Pets a sweet enough little movie, with the occasional moment of decent humour – but they were very occasional. The story is nothing special, either, with nothing feeling particularly new or original. Not one I can see many people raving about, but if you do get dragged to see it with the kids, you’re not going to end up wanting to claw your eyeballs out either!

Released: 24th June 2016
Viewed: 26th June 2016
Running time: 90 minutes
Rated: PG – inoffensive fluff

My rating: 6/10

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