The trailer for The Secret Life of Pets makes it look like a funny movie, but it is one of the least funny animated films I have ever seen. I laughed at the beginning and at the end, but everything in-between is dark. There are animals trying to kill each other, and an underground sewer full of abandoned pets, scary snakes and crocodiles, a psychopathic bunny who wants to kill humans, and just a touch of scatalogical humor. I am sure that somebody thought that this would be funny, but tone of the film is all wrong. It felt weird to me. I might as well have been watching Lethal Weapon. This gets my vote for the worst kid's film in recent memory. Don't take your kids to see this movie. Instead rent Home, which is a far more enriching experience.
However, adults might enjoy the story about Max and Duke getting lost and trying to find their way home. It is entertaining, although it might seem familiar to those who have seen buddy and road trip movies. There is just enough of a story here to make it worth watching, but we have come to expect better from animated movies.
I am torn on how to rate this movie, because I enjoyed it, but I think that it is completely inappropriate for children.
Rating: * * 1/2
The movie is preceded by the short "Mower Minions", staring those lovable Minions characters. However, this short seems unoriginal to me in the sense that if you substitute The Three Stooges in place of Minions, you would have exactly the same story.