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The Secret Life of Pets 
Zippy Animal Comedy for Kids
2/4 stars

'The Secret Life of Pets' is the newest offering from animation studio Illumination. Their shaky track record isn't helped much here. We get a varying degree of likable characters grouped in a scattershot zippy comedy, with a plot lifted (beat-for-beat) straight from the first two 'Toy Story's. It's lame and predictable, from a storytelling standpoint. Opportunities for easily obtainable heartwarming moments are completely passed over. However, this movie isn't trying to have more drama than needed. It's main concern is goofy antics. The collection of pratfalls, animal hi-jinx, and random one-liners, are all a mixed bag. Most of the misses were not worthy of a groan or eye-roll. I still had a fair amount of laughs. I liked how no two animals looked, moved, or sounded alike. Every animal is diverse and acts accordingly to their real-life counterpart. The small touches regarding the everyday actions of pets were appreciated. Pet owners will definitely find more to like. My only main issue regards the quick resolution to every single problem faced. There's little to invest in when obstacles are conveniently handled by coincidences, or from character switches that happen for no reason. The best example being the bunny "villain" voiced by Kevin Hart. Not only is his character all over the place, but he is also the worst aspect. His over-reaching presence, and outright bad jokes, were an annoyance. Thankfully, this doesn't derail the whole movie. Young children will not have a problem with these criticisms, as the film is almost squarely aimed at them.


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