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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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The animation is great as to be expected from Dreamworks, but the story is nothing more than formulaic kids fodder. There are some funny bits for adults ("why do you put the send all button so close to the send button?") but not much else.
"The Secret Life of Pets" is a fun, family-friendly movie with just as many jokes for adults as kids thanks to its witty script's realisation of what animals get up to when owners leave for work each day. Intertextual movie references to "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever" for example, add to its appeal.
Renee Zellweger's klutzy dorky Bridget is back but it is sadly without Hugh Grant's Daniel Cleaver. Colin Firth is still as loveable as ever as the uptight Mark Darcy, but this time his competition is Patrick Dempsey, both as potential fathers to Bridget's titular baby. Although a lot of the same jokes appear, it is a much better outing than "The Edge of Reason", with lots of feel-good laughs, especially in a hilarious scene of physical comedy in rush to get an in-labour Bridget to the hospital.
They are back, older but just as vacuous as ever. So the comedy is predictable but still funny and full of fun. Joanna Lumley in particular is a real treat. The initial London scenes that see Eddie out to become Kate Moss' new publicist until she accidentally knocks her into the Thames are just like an extended episode. When things go overseas, however, they also take a turn towards absurdity (even for Patsy and Eddie) and the final act falls flat.