The Elephant in the Living Room

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While wild animals are mere subjects of fascination for many, some in the United States take the step of bringing them into their homes. This documentary explores the trend of individuals keeping exotic animals as pets and the problems that surround the issue. Among those interviewed are Tim Harrison, an expert on dealing with dangerous pets that have escaped or can't be controlled by their owners, and Terry Brumfield, a troubled man who finds solace in his relationship with his two pet lions.

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Michael Webber
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Ross Hammer
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Russ Muntz
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Michael Webber
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David E. Russo
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Critic Reviews for The Elephant In The Living Room

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  • 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.

    April 28, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The documentary shoots fish in a barrel -- or maybe snakes in Tupperware -- but it does so with gripping, maddening, well-told stories.

    April 14, 2011 | Rating: B+

    Tasha Robinson

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  • Explores the growing trend of treating dangerous animals as just another household pet.

    April 8, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 7, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • 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.

    April 7, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Love is messy, unfathomable, and occasionally lethal, as this low-budget, benignly prosaic exposé of the trade in non-domesticated animals proves.

    April 6, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Elephant In The Living Room

  • Aug 06, 2012
    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.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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