Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

The Lion in Your Living Room

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Informative short docu on feline history and evolution.

Movie NR 2015 50 minutes
The Lion in Your Living Room Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

The butt review

A very good documentary about cats. There is no sex or bad things except for some close ups of a couple dead animals like a dead bird in a cats mouth.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This is a short and highly informative documentary about cats. Even if you're not a "cat person" by any stretch, it does shed light on why cats behave the way they do, how their behavior has evolved over time, and the continually developing relationship between cats and humans. The information presented from veterinarians and researchers is easy enough for younger viewers to understand while still being engaging for older viewers.

While most certainly more of interest to cat lovers, The Lion in Your Room takes a broader focus, and even explores the debate centered on the concern many have raised over the damage cats have wreaked on bird and animal species, either as outdoor house cats or as feral cats. The exploration of this topic as well as discussion of other types of cat behavior should inform and inspire discussion amongst family members with cats as to why their own pet behaves the way it does.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate