Being There

Movie review by Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Amazingly poignant performance by Peter Sellers.

PG 1979 130 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 16+

Incredible performances, but not for younger teens

Peter Sellers was absolutely tearing me apart when seeing this movie. He plays a gardener who gains fame because of his supposed "words of wisdom". It is a critique of the way the media reacts to people's actions and what misunderstandings can result because of that. It ends a little weird though, and I feel like I need to see the film again to get a better grip on what else it is trying to say. Concerning content advisory, there is no violence, only a scene where a man is threatened with a knife. I might have recommended "Being There" for most teens if there weren't a couple of really suggestive moments, including two seduction scenes (one has masturbation) and some lingering sexual dialogue and references. As a whole, I think this movie is definitely worth watching, but I would also recommend parents know what they are going into before showing it to teens. 7.8/10

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Too much sex
age 18+



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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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