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Being There Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Amazingly poignant performance by Peter Sellers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is emotionally taxing and touching. There is some brief profanity. In one off-screen moment that is meant to be comedic, a woman masturbates with the hopes of seducing a man who is clearly not interested.

  • Families can talk about issues regarding the media. What part does the media play in the creation of Chauncey Gardiner? Is Chance's depiction as a simpleton politically correct or ideologically problematic? In addition, parents may want to discuss this film in the context of contemporary Hollywood. How does its rather small and understated narrative compare to films today? Can they think of anything similar?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: A joke about genital size, sexual forwardness (usually based on misunderstandings), unseen (but heard) masturbation.

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    Language: Brief swearing by street thugs.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A small amount of social drinking.