Being There

I’m blown away by how incredible this is. I’ve never seen a satire that has aged this well. The images of Chance passing homeless people in the nice clothes he inherited and being treated like royalty, even though he’s homeless himself make the most powerful metaphor for white privilege I’ve ever seen in a movie. This movie has the same sweetness as Harold and Maude, but there’s a tension that undercuts it all. You can feel a frustration with a racist, capitalist society that is rigged for the wealthy and the white. This movie is funny, but Ashby purposely avoids straying too far from that anger and frustration. This is probably going to become one of my favorite movies ever and I’ll definitely need to see it again soon.

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