Blaine’s Box Office: The Secret Life of Pets

Posted at 6:16 AM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 07:32:02-04

In a world...

You know how movie trailers start with the words "In a world..." and then go on to tell you how amazing the movie is? In "The Secret Life of Pets", the movie starts with a lot of promise, but falls short of anything close to amazing.

The 3-D animated comedy aims to show what really happens when we leave our pets alone for the day. It sports a stellar cast. Louis C.K. stars as Max, a terrier who lives a pampered life with his owner Katie, until a new dog moves in and Max is forced to share the spotlight.

Blaine and @ErikaFromVA1971 review "The Secret Life of Pets"

Blaine and @ErikaFromVA1971 review "The Secret Life of Pets"

I invited Twitter friend and News 3 This Morning super fan @ErikaFromVA1971 to watch the movie with me. Let's just say she liked it a lot more than I did.

Secret Life of Pets starts off as cute and quite funny, but derails as the plot progresses. There's a strange twist that involves a dark subplot with animals in the sewer trying to kill humans. The underworld pets are led by a small white rabbit, voiced by Kevin Hart. Hart is, by far, the best thing about this movie. His character alone had the potential to save the movie for me, but it just wasn't enough.

Ultimately, there's nothing horribly wrong about Secret Life of Pets, there's just not a lot right about it, either. Erika thought it was a good movie to watch with the kids. Listen, she may be right. A lot of actual movie critics like this one. Also, it's important to note that while I act like one, I am not a child.

I say, if you're going to see it, wait for it on Netflix and save some money. The little ones will be entertained, and you can buy a bottle of moderately priced wine to enjoy at home with the cash you save.

In a world... of animated movies competing for the attention of your kids and the dollars in your bank account, The Secret Life of Pets belongs in the doghouse. I give it 2 out of 5 Blaines.