Being There stars Peter Sellers as a TV-obsessed, simple-minded gardener who is evicted from his home and by chance (which is his name), finds himself propelled on the international stage, mostly by parroting others, or through misunderstandings. Shirley MacLaine gives a sweet, vulnerable performance as a woman taken with him for other reasons. This is a quiet, quirky satire that nevertheless savagely attacks a number of things, whether our general complacency, our edification of what's on television, our ability to fill an empty vessel and project our opinions into it, white male privilege, the glorification of ignorance, and fabricated manifest political destiny. The last scene has implications that take the cynicism to even greater depths. This was made in 1979, on the eve of Ronald Reagan's presidency, but more relevant today than ever.