The Secret Life of Pets Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.

The Review
What a laugh, I bet we have all at some time thought about what our pets are doing when not there, plus we have probably spoken for them as if it were them. Narrating their thoughts can be a lot of fun. I guess it was only a matter of time before someone decided to take those thoughts and put them into a film. This is certainly been a long time coming. And I don’t Just mean that in regards to the idea coming to fruition but also this specific film. It seems like an eternity since we first saw the teaser trailers. Yes it was over a year ago and I am sure that like me you saw them and thought I can’t wait for this film.

I am super happy to say that it is a lot of fun and contains massive amounts of laughs and a bunch of great comradery along the way. There are heaps of great characters that make the film fun and plenty of situational humour that adds to the one liners that flow so effortlessly.

Even though this has been rated G, it does contain quite a bit of comedic violence at places and you can’t help but be a little surprised at how dark it gets every now and then. Nothing full on, but if you are expecting this to be completely Disney in feel, you will be slightly surprised. This fits more along the lines of a Shrek or Despicable Me.

There are lots of things to look for in this film that make it kind of like a game of Illumination Animation Bingo. In the house filled with cats, you can see the news reporter from Despicable Me on the TV. Gidget's owners are modelled after Louis C.K., who voices Max in the film, and Ellen DeGeneres and on the back of the bus Snowball is riding in the trailer there is a poster for the film Sing an upcoming Illumination entertainment film also coming out in 2016.

Another element to making this a great time out at the movies in the animated Minions short film that precedes the film. Check out that because you will see that the gnome from this film's preceding short film "Mower Minions" makes a cameo appearance in there towards the end of the main feature.

This is something the whole family can enjoy and just in time for the school holidays.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 15th September 2016
Rating: G
Duration: 91 minutes 
Genre:  Family
Starring: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart
Director: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

The Extras
The first film to open over $100 million in the United States that is not a sequel nor based on previously published material.

The scene where Chole tells Pops she's a cat, and he says "Nobody's perfect" is an homage to "Some Like it Hot", where Jack Lemmon, who has been in drag for much of the movie, tells the rich old man that "I'm a man!" and the rich old man replies "Well, nobody's perfect"

At one point when Max and Duke are escaping from the animal gang, a turtle starts bouncing around ahead of them knocking animals out of the way with a video game sound effect referencing the turtle-like koopa troopas that kill enemies in the Super Mario Bros video games.