The Secret Life of Pets


by Tarnem Afify

The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film about the lives of pets lead after their owners leave for work or school each day. The film is directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, written by Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, starring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart, and is rated PG. It premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 16, 2016 in the UK, and was theatrically released in Canada on July 8, 2016. It received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $147 million worldwide.

Inside of a Manhattan apartment building, a quick-witted terrier named Max lives a pampered life with his owner Katie and hangs out with other pets like Chloe, Mel, Buddy, and Sweet Pea. Max’s life as a favorite pet is turned upside down when his owner brings home Duke, a sloppy, massive mess of a mongrel with zero interpersonal skills. When this reluctant canine duo finds themselves out on the streets of New York, they have to set aside their differences and unite against a fluffy-yet-cunning bunny named Snowball, who is building an army of Ex-Pets abandoned by their owners and out to turn the tables on humanity.

What I like the most about the movie is the creative imagination involved in making it and its special way of picturing how pets may behave while you are away. As much as the creativity impressed me, the movie’s story disappointed me. I was excepting a deeper conflict to be presented and greater lessons to be taught. However, I highly recommend the movie to all pets’ lovers.


The secret Life of Pets is a smoke free movie. In fact, it does not include tobacco use at all in any of its forms. The absence of tobacco does not affect the quality of the movie or make the characters appear less believable. Instead, it leaves a good impression about the movie and its ability to illustrate that there is no need to use tobacco if one is feeling depressed and lost. The Secret Life of Pets is a great movie that can bring the family together.