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The Secret Life of Pets- a movie review

This is the first time I’ve reviewed a movie, so humor me, ok?

So, the premise of this book is that Max, who is a dog owned by Katie, a human, gets a new roomie when Katie adopts Duke, another dog. Duke is the exact opposite of Max in almost every way. He’s big and hairy and the first night establishes some dominance over Max. Max strikes back the following day by destroying some stuff around the house, which he knows Duke will get blamed for because Max has never done anything like that before. While they’re out with a dogwalker, they get lost. I’ll let you watch the movie to find out how that happens. The rest of the movie is spent running from animal control and avoiding a gang of crazy animals that live in the sewer (no, no Ninja Turtles).

I took my two girls to see this yesterday during a matinee so it wouldn’t be packed. They had some varying opinions about it, which ranged from “AWESOME!” to “SCARY!” There are some tense moments that my youngest had a hard time watching, but she stuck it out!  She enjoyed it, once she got past them, so it’s probably just a maturity point, but it was there, nonetheless. My oldest, on the other hand, was chewing her nails and her eyes were glued to the screen the whole time. The fact that I didn’t get popcorn or candy for our trip was completely ignored by the story. Yay!

My opinion, it just didn’t hit me as all that awesome. I didn’t mind spending money to see it, but mostly because I was with my girls. It wasn’t one of those epic movies that you want to watch over and over again, though my kids probably will.The story was a good one, and relevant on so many levels. Some of the jokes felt forced, like they were trying to make them fit and hit a nerve so people would remember them and laugh about them, later. I will admit to a little headbanging when the Beastie Boys started up, but that was probably the highlight of the movie for me. Maybe I’ll like it more when I can really watch it. Scared almost-five year olds don’t exactly make it easy to get lost in the story.

I give it a solid 3 stars from my first watching.

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