Max (Louis C.K) is a little Terrier who has a pretty perfect life in Manhattan with his beloved owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper), a great apartment in close proximity to fellow pet friends, plenty of food and a warm bed.

the-secret-life-of-pets-release-date-australia-500x375That is, until Duke (Eric Stonestreet) comes along.

Duke is a big, hairy rescue dog who threatens to turn Max’s life (literally) upside down.

But when the two dogs become separated from the rest of the pack during a daily walk by a delightfully hipster dog walker, the unlikely pair have to work together to set aside their rivalry to try to get back home.

When they are captured by evil dog-catchers from the pound, Duke and Max are set on a series of adventures which involve a very cute, yet psychotic bunny called Snowball (Kevin Hart), a gorgeous, love sick Pomeranian called Gidget (Jenny Slate) and a host of other pet friends: a tabby cat called Chloe (Lake Bell), a pug called Mel (Bobby Moynihan), Buddy the  dachshund (Hannibal Buress), and Sweetpea the budgerigar.

With themes of friendship and belonging, The Secret Life Of Pets has a lovely, engaging and entertaining storyline, which is sure to please both adults and children; with more than a few jokes thrown in for the grown ups, the film, which is created by the same folks who gave us Minions and Despicable Me is definitely not just for the little ones.

Kevin Hart is hilarious as Snowball, the leader of the unruly sewer gang, ‘The Flushed Pets’ and the animation is the usual, incredibly high standard we’ve come to expect from Illumination Entertainment.

See The Secret Life of Pets with or without the kids. You won’t regret it!

5  stars

Reviewed by Libby Parker