"Heartfelt Moments Meet a Subpar Plot"
What You Need To Know:
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 has many heartfelt themes promoting, biblical principles like sacrifice, bravery, mentorship, and compassion. Parents should note one scene near the end credits where a male pet gets dressed up like a girl. The movie also has some light environmental elements but ultimately communicates that animals should be treated with respect. However, the plot falls short in a few areas and is wrapped up quickly at the end, but that shouldn’t deter moviegoers from enjoying THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children due to some animated violence and other miscellaneous content.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 begins with Max, a dog who lives in New York City, explaining that he used to be opposed to children until his owner met and married her husband, and the pair had their first child, Liam. Max recounts that he’s come to love Liam as a toddler and wants to protect him from harm’s way. In fact, that’s his whole mission in life.
Max, Duke (the other dog in the family), Liam, and their owners go on vacation outside the city to visit a relative who lives on a farm. Before leaving, Max entrusts his beloved squeaky toy to his friend, Gidget, who vows to protect it through whatever it takes. Meanwhile, a dog named Daisy comes by the window of Snowball, a bunny who likes to pretend he’s a superhero. She explains that when she was on a plane, she saw a tiger who looked like he was kept against his will. She needs a superhero to go with her to help her save him from a circus and a mean circus wrangler!
While at the farm, Max and Duke adjust to staying outdoors and a host of new sounds and experiences. Rooster is the top dog on the farm, in charge of shepherding all the animals and keeping them safe. Through a series of events, Max accidentally loses a baby sheep and must go with Rooster to save him.
Back in New York, Gidget loses Max’s toy and must contrive a plan to get it back from an apartment with an old cat lady. Snowball and Daisy successfully rescue the tiger but a pack of wolves from the circus are hot on their tails!
What will become of all these pets?
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 has many heartfelt themes that draw on Christian, biblical principles such as sacrifice, bravery, mentorship, and caring for others. Parents should be aware of one scene near the end of the credits where one of the male pets gets dressed up like a girl. The movie also has some light environmental elements but ultimately communicates the biblical position that animals should be treated with respect.
Audiences who saw the first movie will be familiar with the characters and children will find plenty of scenes to be laugh out loud funny. However, the plot falls short in a few areas and is wrapped up very quickly at the end, but that shouldn’t deter moviegoers from enjoying THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2. Movieguide® recommends light caution for younger children due to some animated violence and other miscellaneous immorality.