The Secret Life of Pets

January 15, 2017 at 6:10 pm | Posted in 2016 | Leave a comment
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◊ ½

I didn’t bother to see this one when it was in the theaters but thought I would give it a go on a long flight I took this week. What can I say? It is what it appears to be: a sort-of-cute, sometimes funny, children’s movie with just enough to keep adults at least somewhat engaged. The premise of wondering what pets do when humans are not around is hardly a new one and has been done better before. Here we get the adventure of two dogs, voiced by Louis C.K. and Eric Stonestreet, as they try to make their way back home after getting lost while on a walk. Along the way, they meet a variety of domesticated, and not-so-domesticated, animals, get themselves in and out of various jams, and become fast friends (of course). Most of these animals played into all of the standard animated movie tropes. Even Kevin Hart’s “Snowball” (who was the funniest character in the film) was a typical cartoon animal, whose humor came from the fact that he was playing against type. There were some genuine chuckle moments, but not that many. In the end, the plot did exactly what you new it would and didn’t once surprise you along the way. I suppose it’s a harmless way to spend some time, but hardly an inspiring one.

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