Did you know there are more tigers in captivity in Texas than in the wild in India? And that Burmese pythons are now an invasive species in Florida? Humans have the worst fucking ideas. A documentary about America's thriving exotic-pet subculture, The Elephant in the Living Room keeps its feet firmly and patiently planted in the OH-MY-GOD-PEOPLE-GET-A-GRIP camp, without losing sight of its subjects' humanity. Because both sides will break your heart—the pair of African lions confined to a 100-square-foot horse trailer in Ohio are only a little bit sadder than the good-hearted old man who considers the cats his family and knows he's failing them. Downside: The movie contains no actual elephants in actual living rooms. Frowny face. (See Movie Times: thestranger.com/film)

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