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Overall Rating
4.41

Awesome58.82%
Worth A Look: 32.35%
Average: 2.94%
Pretty Bad: 2.94%
Total Crap: 2.94%

2 reviews, 22 user ratings


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Being There
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"The Greatest middle finger to the American public ever."
5 stars

A magical tale of human triumph! This movie explores the deep complexities of the human mind. And as you'll see it doesn't just simply study the contrast between a "smart" person and a "dumb" person, it discovers it and exposes it and all it's glorious beauty.....Eh, who I'm kidding? It's really about how if people are desperate and idiotic enough they'll believe in anything.

I'm gonna warn you right now, if you don't like slow paced movies where you actually have to wake up your mind and pay attention to what's happening on the screen then you'll hate this movie. It's slow, it's monotone, it's artsy....but God dammit, it's funny as a mother fucker. I'm also gonna try to stay away from revealing too much of the plot, if you haven't seen this you'll thank me later.

Peter Sellers plays Chauncey, a dim-witted man in his fifties who's never left his house. All he does is watch TV. In fact all the knowledge he has of the world he's learned from TV. Kind of like most of you guys.

So one day the old rich guy that Chauncey lives with/works for dies. Chauncey doesn't really care except now he doesn't have a place to live. So he's forced onto the streets of Washington DC with little knowledge and no money. Everything is strange and new to him, whenever he doesn't like something he tries to turn it off with his remote. Wouldn't that be nice? A remote to just shut people up. C'mon scientists, work on that one! Forget disease and earthquakes and shit!

Anyways from there Chauncey has an unfortunate run in with Shirley Maclaine. She introduces him to her rich old dying husband Ben, (sugar-daddy) who's taken aback by Chauncey's political philosophies. Of course that's because he's mistaken Chauncey's textbook speech on taking care of plants as a metaphor for the economy and how you have to tend to it the way you tend to a garden. Ben wants Chauncey to meet the president of the United States to share his ideas on the economy....Pure Genius ensues.

That's it, no more, I feel like a whore giving you that much already! And I'm not a whore!

I will tell you that Hal Ashby's direction is fucking OZZY in this film, all the performances are unstoppable. I can't really describe why I love this movie except that it makes me smile every time I see it. It never gets old...like hot naked chicks. Yes, that's why I like it! Wow, I just discovered something deep within my mind. I like this movie just as much as I like hot naked chicks! Wait, what am I saying.....no way, hot naked chicks is better. But this is like a bunch of chicks in bikinis. Oh and they've got 40's of Old English. Okay, yeah this movie is a good as a bunch of chicks in bikinis with 40's of Old E. So in other words, go out and see this fucking movie. Woo!

If you don't like it sorry, jokes on you......And the day is mine!

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originally posted: 10/31/99 11:38:10
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User Comments

1/30/10 PAUL SHORTT SIMPLE AND BEAUTIFUL WITH SOME GOOD PERFORMANCES 5 stars
12/22/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Great movie! 5 stars
6/22/08 mark This doesn't play now but did then! 5 stars
12/19/06 William Goss A rather relevant commentary on media and politics. Sellers is solid. 4 stars
12/29/05 W. Ulsenheimer A brilliant movie with great actors. A shame that Sellers didn't won the Oscar! 5 stars
3/20/05 Edler A great movie. Slow but great. Too bad it was Seller's last one. 5 stars
1/30/05 Bush not a Chance the fusion-plus-classical soundtrack is as wonderful as the satire 5 stars
12/07/04 Larry Vazeos the funeral scene explains why george bush is again president 5 stars
7/19/04 Gray long at times but top notch (a good ending to) 5 stars
5/13/04 B. Kenton Has an editing blooper when Sellers is first walking on the streets of Washington DC. 3 stars
11/17/03 Tara Amazing how believable the actors made it! 4 stars
7/30/03 Elizaveta peter sellers is above criticism - hilarious film! 5 stars
1/06/03 dick i like to watch 4 stars
12/28/02 Jon "Thumb the Toad" Lyrik loved it 5 stars
11/24/02 Charles Tatum Too whimsical 2 stars
7/08/02 Henry Ginsberg shitty maclaine again 1 stars
4/21/02 Monster W. Kung One of Peter Seller's best. 4 stars
1/23/02 Andrew Carden Recreates A Normal Person's Life With Reality and Humor. 5 stars
1/01/01 R.W. Welch Achieves a seamless blend of charm and satire that ought to be impossible. 5 stars
9/19/00 yasser perez it was awesome 5 stars
3/14/00 blank one of my favorites 4 stars
1/21/00 Amanda Cataldo Funny movie about how America is today 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Oct-1979 (R)

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Directed by
  Hal Ashby

Written by
  Robert C. Jones

Cast
  Peter Sellers
  Shirley MacLaine
  Melvyn Douglas
  Jack Warden
  Richard Dysart



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