When Max’s (Patton Oswalt) humans (Ellie Kemper, Chris Renaud) get married and have a baby, Max’s world is turned upside down. He had never been a fan of kids, but once Liam (Henry Lynch) arrived, Max became obsessed with protecting his new human. He becomes so overcome with worry that he develops a tic. Max, Duke (Eric Stonestreet) and the humans travel to the farm for a weekend away. Duke and Max meet Rooster (Harrison Ford), a tough, cool dog who doesn’t appreciate how soft the city dogs are.
Back in the city, Snowball (Kevin Hart), who has been playing superhero with his human, is approached by Daisy (Tiffany Haddish). Daisy wants Snowball to help her rescue a tiger from Sergei (Nick Kroll), a ruthless circus owner.
Meanwhile, Gidget (Jenny Slate), tasked with guarding Max’s favorite toy, finds herself facing off against a horde of cats when the toy falls into their apartment. Gidget enlists Chloe (Lake Bell) to help her learn the ways of cats so she can sneak into the apartment and retrieve the toy.
When Sergei’s wolves track the tiger to the city, the pets find themselves in a world of danger.
Picking up from the success of the first movie, The Secret Life of Pets 2 brings back all your favorite pets and drops them into a life or death situation.
The cast is a who’s who of the comedy world. Patton Oswalt takes over as Max, joining Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, and Ellie Kemper, among others. As you would expect, the cast is excellent. Each character fits the actor almost perfectly. The fact that they are all almost sickeningly cute doesn’t hurt either.
There are several story lines running alongside each other. At first, it may seem a little confusing. However, each is pretty well developed – as well as they can be developed in an hour and a half. And they all eventually intertwine, so it all makes sense. There is plenty of humor in the film, and the majority of it works well. The writers didn’t have to resort to cheap, easy jokes, though a few may sneak through here and there.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 has a little bit of something for everyone. Of course, the younger audiences will love the cute characters and will fall in love with them all over again. Teenagers will most likely find themselves in the same place. At least the ones I went with did, constantly aww-ing over scene after scene. It’s even smart enough that parents won’t get bored. If you liked The Secret Life of Pets, you’ll love the sequel that may be even better than the first. It is great for a summer family movie outing.