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._.
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)_)
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._.
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)_)
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._.
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._.
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(_(
marvin_NP
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,_,
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)_)
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"_"
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"_"
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._.
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(_(
pitt_NP
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._.
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?_?
)_)
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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(_(
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._.
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fatal_JJ
)_)
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._.
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._.
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._.
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currently_RB
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oliver_NP
stone_NN
._.
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message_NN
movie_NN
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a_DT
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._.
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,_,
for_IN
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the_DT
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(_(
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hypocritical_JJ
)_)
extrapolation_NN
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to_IN
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self-actualization_NP
._.
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the_DT
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it_PP
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,_,
and_CC
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._.
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,_,
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the_DT
joke_NN
for_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
us_NP
._.
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