The Secret Life of Pets 2 - 2019

The Secret Life of Pets 2 - 2019
Movie Info

Rating: PG


Age-appropriateness: some slapstick comedy and name calling


Overview: Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. With many parallels to typical approaches to parenting, Max has to learn how much control is healthy as he helps raise and protect a new baby in his family. A tough dog from the farm teaches Max how to be brave, even when he’s scared.


Themes: animals, change, growing up, stress management, anxiety, parenting, fear, bravery

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Anxiety. Do you ever feel a lot of pressure to do something right? What are some things that make you anxious?

  • Max feels the responsibility of raising Liam, and it causes a lot of anxiety. He wants to do everything he can to protect Liam.

  • Here's an article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Anxiety.


2. Fear. Is there something in your life right now that you’re afraid of? Even if it would be easier to run away from that problem, how can you do the right thing, even though it’s scary?

  • Max said, “you never know what life is going to throw at you. You have two chooses: run from it or run to it.” Many of the animals in the movie were scared, but they had to do the right thing anyway.

  • Check out this article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Fears.


3. The Lost Sheep. If a shepherd leaves 99 good sheep to go after 1 lost sheep, what does that say about the way the shepherd feels about the 1 lost sheep? Did you realize that God loves you like crazy and will never stop loving you, no matter what you do?

  • When one of the sheep (Cotton) goes missing, Rooster and Max leave all of the other sheep to go after the one that’s lost. In Luke 15, Jesus tells a story of a shepherd who loses a sheep. He had 100 sheep and he only lost 1. But he loved the 1 lost sheep so much that he left the 99 safe sheep to go and find the lost 1. In the same way, God loves all of His children and wants them to safely return to His family. Sometimes, people wander far away from God and God pursues them because He loves them so much!

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Parent self-evaluation: Max feels the responsibility of raising Liam, and it causes a lot of anxiety. He wants to do everything he can to protect Liam. It’s important to parent your child now with the end in mind. You’re raising a child to one day be an independent adult with great character, able to make decisions on their own. How does that change the way you parent your child now? How much of your child’s life do you control in effort to keep them safe and insulated from harm?


2. What is your favorite type of pet? What do you think pets do while their owners are out of the house?


3. Max goes through a big change in his life when his owners have a baby. Have you had to go through a change recently that was difficult to navigate? What’s the good and the bad parts of change?


4. Max said, “you never know what life is going to throw at you. You have two chooses: run from it or run to it.” Many of the animals in the movie were scared, but they had to do the right thing anyway. Is there something in your life right now that you’re afraid of? Even if it would be easier to run away from that problem, how can you do the right thing, even though it’s scary?


5. Gidget learns how to be a cat, thinking that it might be better than being a dog. Gidget wanted to change the truest thing about herself. Your identity - what makes you who you are - was defined by God when you were born. God said that you are loved and forgiven, no matter what!  What do you think God says about who you are?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:04 Max and Duke try to be role models for Liam, helping him grow and develop. Max feels it’s his responsibility to keep Liam safe. Do you have any role models that help you grow?


:12 Max goes to the vet to have a doctor help him manage his stress. Max has a lot of pressure and change in his world, so it’s really helpful to get some professional assistance from a doctor. How much stress do you have in your life right now? How well do you feel you are dealing with it?


:24 Snowball wanted to be a superhero so he could help people that are in trouble. How can you help people when they are in trouble?


:30 Rooster encourages Max to loosen his control on Liam. He suggests that the best way for Liam to learn is to try new things and fail, even if it hurts him sometimes. Do you agree with Rooster’s approach? Should Liam be let out of his cage to explore? Or should he stay in so that he’s protected?


:33 Hu, the circus tiger, is mistreated. It makes him really scared. Is it ever okay to hit someone to get them to do what you want? What do you think Hu is feeling right now?


:42 Pops teaches the puppies how to become dogs. He tells them to be as adorable as possible, so they get what they want, when they want it. That it selfish advise. Selfishness is caring more about yourself than you care about others. Do you try to get what you want, when you want it? Or do you think of others first?


:47 Max doesn’t want to share the scary parts of the story with Liam, but Rooster isn’t scared of that. Rooster gives all of the details of the story, because he doesn’t want to hide anything that might be potentially uncomfortable to Liam. When you hear stories, would you rather hear the true story, even if it’s scary? Would there be any reason that hearing the scary details would be a good thing?


:54 Rooster teaches Max how to be brave. Bravery is having the courage to make good choices, even when you’re afraid. Part of being brave means that you can be afraid, but you do something hard anyway. How can you be brave, even when you feel afraid?


:56 When one of the sheep (Cotton) goes missing, Rooster and Max leave all of the other sheep to go after the one that’s lost. In Luke 15, Jesus tells a story of a shepherd who loses a sheep. He had 100 sheep and he only lost 1. But he loved the 1 lost sheep so much that he left the 99 safe sheep to go and find the lost 1. In the same way, God loves all of His children and wants them to safely return to His family. Sometimes, people wander far away from God and God pursues them because He loves them so much! If a shepherd leaves 99 good sheep to go after 1 lost sheep, what does that say about the way the shepherd feels about the 1 lost sheep? Did you realize that God loves you like crazy and will never stop loving you, no matter what you do?


1:15 When Sergei and his crew took Hu in order to bring him back to the circus, the other animals worked together to fight injustice. Justice is making sure everyone is treated fairly and that people get the consequences they deserve. God is loving and He also is a God of justice. How can you fight for justice, but do it in a way that doesn't involve kicking and punching?