Movie review: "The Elephant in the Living Room"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When most of us see a person keeping a dangerous animal like a lion or bear as a pet, we rightfully question their judgment, if not their sanity.

The documentary "The Elephant in the Living Room" is a look at the world of exotic pets. Its thoughtful, even-handed approach is refreshing in a world of docs that lean toward propaganda.

Produced in Dayton, the film follows Tim Harrison, a public safety officer who specializes in dealing with these animals, and Terry Brumfield, a man who keeps two lions as pets.

Director Michael Webber gives the film a firm position without delivering PETA-approved lectures.

But what gives the film its heart is Brumfield, whose deep love for his lions leaves him blinded to the predicament of their care.

Be warned. There is a scene that will leave most any pet-lover in tears. But it's part of what makes this doc unforgettable.

"The Elephant in the Living Room"

Opens Friday at the Drexel

3.5 stars out of 4