The Elephant In The Living Room
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The Elephant In The Living Room
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 loves like his own family. In the first of many unexpected twists, the lives of these two men collide… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Incredibly informational, interesting and profoundly moving."
‑ Danny Minton, Fort Bend Sun
"Throws bits of information at random, like an exotic pet chucking you-know-what."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"The documentary isn't about presenting a balanced opinion, but creating an ideological four-alarm fire about this epidemic of irresponsibility and arrogance."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"The documentary shoots fish in a barrel -- or maybe snakes in Tupperware -- but it does so with gripping, maddening, well-told stories."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"alarming and heartbreaking documentary ... examines the small but apparently rapidly growing subculture of people who keep exotic animals as pets."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This fascinating documentary shines a light into an underreported corner of America, the backyards and living rooms that currently house deadly exotic animals that should never have found themselves in captivity at all, much less as pets."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"Lions and tigers and bears -- oh my! Even the requisite venomous snakes chew up the scenery in this film."
‑ Barbara Goslawski, Boxoffice Magazine
"Explores the growing trend of treating dangerous animals as just another household pet."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Love is messy, unfathomable, and occasionally lethal, as this low-budget, benignly prosaic exposť of the trade in non-domesticated animals proves."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"A documentary that examines the exotic animal phenomenon and discovers -- without getting sanctimonious -- much madness."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Kudos to producer/director Michael Webber for delivering such an emotional, enlightening and gripping documentary about the dangers of keeping wild animals as pets."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Sympathetic but clear-eyed documentary...about the rewards and liabilities of America's growing fascination with exotic pets..."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
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