Being There is another of The Husband's Father's Day presents, and he chose it tonight. This 1979 comedy is directed by Hal Ashby and stars Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard Dysart and Richard Basehart. I picked this film as a present along with the others I gave him because it is on the AFI list of 100 Years, 100 Laughs. This one is #26. I like this film a lot, but The Husband did not and couldn't imagine why I'd have suggested it as a comedy.
Roger Ebert considers it a "great" movie and "a rare and subtle bird that finds its tone and stays with it." The New York Times opens with this: ""BEING THERE" is a stately, beautifully acted satire with a premise that's funny but fragile."