Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
Rated PG for action and some rude humor.
What it’s about: Everyone wonders what their pets are up to during the day, and this animated movie from the filmmakers behind “Despicable Me” imagines a wild adventure for them.
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The kid attractor factor: Animated comedy with super-cute characters.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Rivals can become the closest allies under pressure, there’s nothing like a bond between an owner and pet, you never know what strength you’re made of.
Violence: Some wild perilous action scenes, chases, bumps, falls and tumbles.
Language: No swearing, a few light-hearted jokes about animal droppings.
Sexuality: Just the crush Gidget has on Max.
Drugs: None, though those pets like to party.
Parents advisory: A truly cute and funny animated treat for kids and families. Some of the more intense action scenes might be a little much for toddlers and very young kids.