Trailer of the Hour: The Secret Life of Pets

I’m not saying this is going to be a masterpiece or anything, but the level of wit in this 2-minute snippet suggests a movie at least on the level of the Despicable Me movies. My favorite part is the bit with the dachshund getting a massage from the mixer, mostly because my dachshunds are totally smart enough to pull that off. It’s a conceit that should get old after the first couple of iterations, but pets are cute , so it doesn’t. If this is all Universal has up its sleeve, Secret Life will be a one-trick pony, but the cast list (Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Albert Brooks) reads like a who’s who of comedy past and present. That makes me think that as funny as that final sequence with the poodle is, we may be in for something even funnier when this comes out next year.

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