The Elephant In The Living Room (2011)

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Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, director Michael Webber takes viewers on a journey deep inside the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world, as common household pets. This groundbreaking film chronicles the extraordinary lives of two men at the heart of the issue - Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet; and Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to raise two African lions that he … More

Rating: PG (for thematic material including some disturbing situations, mild language and smoking.)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Webber
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On DVD: Feb 6, 2012
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Critic Reviews for The Elephant In The Living Room

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

An exceptionally compassionate, fair-minded film that clearly states, beyond any rational benefit of the doubt, that raising potentially dangerous animals as pets is destructive to animals and humans alike.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
Seattle Times
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The documentary shoots fish in a barrel -- or maybe snakes in Tupperware -- but it does so with gripping, maddening, well-told stories.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
AV Club
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Explores the growing trend of treating dangerous animals as just another household pet.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
New York Post
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Spends rather too much time in the troubling company of Terry Brumfield, a barely mobile invalid who houses two full-grown African lions and their four cubs in a trailer in his backyard.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
New York Times
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There's a kind of macho element to the movie that contradicts Harrison's interest in humane treatment with filming the suffering of animals and hoisting a couple of them for the camera.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
Boston Globe
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Love is messy, unfathomable, and occasionally lethal, as this low-budget, benignly prosaic exposť of the trade in non-domesticated animals proves.

Full Review… | April 6, 2011
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Elephant In The Living Room

It wasn't that well made, but it did uncover a really disturbing occurrence involving wild animals. Really sad to see how people can destroy the animals lives as well as their own by selfishly keeping them as pets.

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