LUCY, THE HUMAN CHIMP: 2021 (Available on HBO Max) In the 1960s a unique experiment was conducted by psychologists at the University of Oklahoma. A man and his wife agreed to raise a 2-day-old chimpanzee (Lucy) in their suburban home as if she were a human child. The study was to focus on that age-old question of “nature versus nurture. It was a fascinating story and gained world-wide attention. Barb and I both remember talking about the study in our college classrooms. I taught Psychology and Barb taught Communication. Lucy was a fast learner. She learned to eat with silverware, dress herself and even learned 140 words using American Sign Language. During those early years, Lucy became very close to the married couple as well as to Janis Carter, a U of O psychology graduate student. By the time she was twelve; Lucy had outgrown the cute-and-cuddly stage and was considered unpredictable and dangerous. She became so strong and was so destructive around the home that the experiment had to stop. Lucy, The Human Chimp is a documentary focusing on what happened after Lucy left the spotlight. It was decided in 1977 that Lucy would be sent to a rehabilitation center in Gambia where chimps raised in captivity learned how to live in the wild. Archival footage and photos combine with staged re-enactments to bring the film to life. Janis Carter, arguably Lucy's best friend, ultimately abandoned her life in the United States to live with Lucy on a remote island in Africa hoping to rehabilitate her. What looked like a project lasting a few weeks turned into years. Barbara and I were especially drawn to this film because of our interest in the original study, but I should point out that the project was not without criticism over the scientific indifference to animal welfare. We still think the film is worth viewing. GRADE B