Plenty to like in pet project

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

ROCK­ING out to death metal, us­ing kitchen ap­pli­ances for mas­sages and raid­ing the fridge are just a few of the things our pets get up to when we are at work, ac­cord­ing to The Se­cret Life of Pets.

Ever come home to find vases smashed or your be­long­ings dam­aged?

You know your dog has been naughty in your ab­sence, but this an­i­mated story sug­gests there is an­other rea­son than just a bored and rest­less puppy.

Per­haps you are be­ing ma­nip­u­lated by your old pet to be­liev­ing that your new res­cue dog is go­ing to be a hand­ful and needs to go back to the pound.

As is the case with jack rus­sell ter­rier Max (Louis C.K), who feels threat­ened when his owner Katie (El­lie Kem­per) brings shaggy dog Duke (Eric Ston­estreet) home to their New York apart­ment. The two dogs don’t get along and each tries to get Katie to get rid of the other.

When out walk­ing in the park, the two get lost and find them­selves on the run from a gang of nasty, hard­ened strays, led by bunny Snow­ball (Kevin Hart).

Mean­while, white pomera­nian Gid­get (Jenny Slate) from the same apart­ment build­ing and who has a crush on Max, ral­lies other pets in the com­plex to find him.

The Se­cret Life of Pets con­jures an amus­ing sto­ry­line for do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mals, cap­tur­ing the traits of each species and how they in­ter­act.

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