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This new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them, and answers the question that has long intrigued every pet owner: What are your pets really doing when you're not at home?
Animated Adventure Comedy - Like the first film, this is an animal-centered animated comedy.
Patton Oswalt takes over the lead role, but other prominent members
of the voice cast such as Kevin Hart returned, joined by new
additions such as Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish. There is some
crude toilet humor, but most parents will find this to be safe
viewing for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 miscellaneous profanity. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights and falls, often played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None. ACTION: Fights and chases. COMEDY: Silly banter, wisecracks, cute animal humor, crude toilet gags.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Although not "bad” in a conventional sense, it's a disappointingly mediocre effort that doesn't have a lot to offer potential viewers over age 10. It's a perfect example of what can happen when a sequel exists simply because its predecessor made a lot of money.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...none of the plotlines builds much momentum individually, much less together, and then they all just sort of collide at the end when everyone's back home in the big city. It's more of the same as the original "Pets,” and yet less. Your kids will be sufficiently entertained...
NY PostFull Review Average It has no real reason to exist, other than to be a passable option for parents whose children are too young to handle PG-13 fare and feels like it. It's never a great sign when the biggest laughs a movie gets are during the end credits.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 80 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: The kids all loved "The Secret Life of Pets 2."
TEENS: Two males loved it, one enjoyed it very much and one rated it "good/average." The ladies enjoyed it quite a bit more with six of the seven loving it and one enjoying it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Two males enjoyed "Pets2" very much and one felt it was a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Great reviews from the ladies. Five loved it and three enjoyed it very much.
ADULTS: These are very good reviews from the adults, both males and females. A large percentage loved it with most of the rest indicating that they enjoyed it very much. Only about 20% of both the males and females rated it just "good/average."
Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner
(Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about
protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm,
Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile
foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max's anxiety.
Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford,
making his animated-film debut), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his
inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.
Meanwhile, while her owner is away, plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries
to rescue Max's favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from
her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip.
And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) gets delusions of grandeur that
he's an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero
pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask
for Snowball's help on a dangerous mission, he'll have to summon the courage to
become the hero he's only been pretending to be.
Can Max, Snowball, Gidget and the rest of the gang find the inner courage to
face their biggest fears?