The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG for action and some rude humor

Sex & Nudity

  • In some scenes, a cat's asshole can be seen (a little pink dot)

Violence & Gore

  • One of the "nice" characters punches a witness several times until it discloses some relevant information.
  • A bloated cat, falling asleep, stumbles and falls out of the fridge.
  • There is talk of tattoo apprentices practising on a pig.
  • A lot of scenes have mild violence and peril, as well as risky situations where it appears characters might die. These are balanced with more light-hearted moments to keep the tension low for young children.
  • A snake is crushed to death. This scene is not graphic.
  • Dog pees excitedly onto the floor (shown)


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is mild peril through out the entire film.


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Violence & Gore

  • A rabbit talks a lot about killing humans, though never actually does so and mellows at the very end.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is an initiation with a large snake and a fire which may be intense for young children.
  • Two dogs try to swim to catch a ferry with one frequently going under water and the other trying to save him.
  • A group of protagonist pets and chased by antagonist pets for a short time. At the end if this scene a guinea pig is snapped by a crocodilian. The guinea pig is shown as safe in the crocodilians mouth.
  • A late scene in the film includes one dog trying to rescue another from a van stuck in scaffolding. The van falls into the water with both dogs still inside. Water is rising and one dog is still stuck in a cage.

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