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Highly Suspect Reviews: The Secret Life of Pets

6 Submitted by on Fri, 08 July 2016, 10:59

The folks behind all those Minions movies bring you this story of your pets and what they do when they find themselves separated from the comfortable confines of your home out into the real world. Basically, revert to their animal natures, become a bunch of assholes, and then probably die. But I dunno, I didn’t see this one. But Herman and Elliott did so I (Chris) interrogate them on the successes and failures of this latest animated theatrical release.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.

  • Scott Johnson

    The heat with Herman is fierce this review. I approve. All that rich, cutting critique.

    • Chris Ayres

      Am I an asshole if I say that I spent the entire review smiling at Herman’s misery?

  • Ken Walker

    When I saw the first trailer I thought the movie was going to be more of a collection of stories about pets in a city/building. I was seeing something more like Pulp Fiction…. Have 10 – 15 minute outings with a single pet, see their life, then move on, eventually weaving together the stories in a cohesive view of the secret life of pets. Hell I thought that you could start with one dog, follow him, then when they go to the dog park, follow a different character home.

    You guys nailed it in your comparison’s to other films and stories. My partner pointed out that it’s trying to be Toy Story…. but we all know Toy Story and you don’t want that comparison because you are going to come up short every time.

    Great review guys!