The Secret Life of Pets is a delightful family flick
Marley McMillan

The Secret Life of Pets is a delightful family flick

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Chloe, voiced by Lake Bell, from left, Max, voiced by Louis C.K., and Mel, voiced by Bobby Moynihan, appear in a scene from, "The Secret Lives of Pets." (Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures via AP)

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Chloe, voiced by Lake Bell, from left, Max, voiced by Louis C.K., and Mel, voiced by Bobby Moynihan, appear in a scene from, “The Secret Life of Pets.” (Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures via AP)

I saw “The Secret Life of Pets” over the weekend, and it was a delight!

The movie centers around the idea of what pets do as soon as their owners leave, such as opening windows to check in with their friends, chucking bowls of food at the wall and heading to the fridge, turning on their favorite music, and holding social gatherings, among other equally charming scenarios.

The plot thickens when the two main character dogs get lost, and both friends and enemies go on a mission to find them.

Spoiler alert: it ends well.

While my favorite parts of the movie were the portrayals of the pets’ home alone shenanigans — the humor resonates most with adults, aka pet owners — I see how they needed to beef up the to storyline. to drive the film.

It was also fun to recognize the voice talent chops of Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress and Bobby Moynihan, among others.

All the above plus inspired character development and exciting animation make this film more than anything, sheer joy for children. There were times in the theater when I was more entertained by the kids’ in the audience than what was actually playing on-screen. Their enthusiasm for the flick was palpable.

It’s no “Finding Nemo” or “Lion King,” but “The Secret Life of Pets” is secretly a pleasure for anyone who wishes to see it.

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Marley

hosts the “You Get A Rose” podcast covering “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” TV franchises.

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