Secret Life of Pets 2, The

It’s been a while since I’ve watched a really good kids’ movie.  I was leery of this movie because (1) a sequel is rarely better than the original and (2) I gave the original 3.5 Icees so if this is worse, we might be getting into the 2-2.5 range.  Fortunately for me (and for you) this movie is much better than the original!  This movie comes in with a solid 4.5 Icees (as a kids’ movie).

This movie is hilarious throughout.  Not only were all the kids in the theater laughing (which hasn’t happened when I’ve watched a kids’ movie in years), but my wife and I were laughing a lot too.  Without giving out spoilers the best I can say is that this has a couple of different storylines going on at the same time, and they both are funny (although one is funnier than the other).  The writing on this sequel was much better than the original.

I can’t really single out a person whose character wast he funniest as they all had great lines (or actions) at one time or another.  Let’s just say that not only will your kids like it, but there’s enough humor in there for adults too.  If you have kids, this is a movie you should see!

There is hilarious stuff going on during the credits and an after credits thing that could easily be left out.


Secret Life Of Pets, The

This kids movie gets a solid 3.5 Icees. Okay, I know after my review of Finding Dory, several people may not agree with my review kids movies, but I still stand by it. To me, Dory just wasn’t that funny. That is not a problem with The Secret Life Of Pets.

On the plus side, this movie has plenty of laughs. I think they could have done a lot more with the concept of, “what do our pets do when we’re away”, but I think they did ok with this. To me, Gidget and Katie stole the show. These two ladies really voiced their characters well. Throw in a maniacal Kevin Hart and there were plenty of laughs to keep young ones happy.

On the negative side, tell me if you’ve heard this one before. One is there with their owner for years and suddenly a second one is added. Jealousy bounds until the two get put into a dangerous situation together and are lost from home. Sound familiar?  Yes, I did think a bit of Toy Story when I was watching this, but just a bit. I wasn’t sitting there trying to compare the two.  This is probably good because the first TS was a classic. This movie doesn’t have a moral, or a lesson, or anything like that. It’s just a fun movie, and I think that’s what it should be!

This won’t ever be considered a classic, but it’s an enjoyable movie that your kids will like. In fact, if they liked Dory (and since it’s been number 1 for 3 weeks now, somebody sure does) they’ll like this one even more.  It may not have the nostalgic history that Dory has (my theory is that it is popular mostly because of Finding Nemo), but it’s funnier and in the end, isn’t that what really matters?

There is a scene as the credits start and a really short (not worth staying) scene at the end.  Enjoy…

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