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one_CD
of_IN
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._.
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._.
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,_,
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._.
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film_NN
._.
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,_,
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._.
written_VBN
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,_,
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,_,
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of_IN
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._.
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of_IN
pace_NN
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the_DT
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fare_NN
._.
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,_,
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the_DT
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the_DT
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,_,
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._.
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a_DT
nonentity_NN
,_,
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all_PDT
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of_IN
a_DT
door_NN
knob_???
._.
ringwald_NP
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is_BEZ
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the_DT
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the_DT
chain_NN
._.
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her_PP$
short-cropped_JJ
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,_,
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._.
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designer_NN
,_,
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like_IN
a_DT
clown_NN
._.
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to_IN
make_NN
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worse_JJR
,_,
ringwald_NP
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her_PP
appearance_NN
._.
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,_,
alda_???
keeps_VBZ
ringwald_NN
's_POS
screen_NN
time_NN
to_IN
a_DT
minimum_NN
;_;
he_PP
is_BEZ
far_RB
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the_DT
colorful_JJ
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._.
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a_DT
device_NN
to_IN
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the_DT
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's_POS
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,_,
italian_JJ
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and_CC
the_DT
groom_NN
's_POS
rich_JJ
,_,
gentile_JJ
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._.
ringwald_NP
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are_BER
homey_NP
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down-to-earth_NP
,_,
with_IN
alda_???
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her_PP$
free-spirited_JJ
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,_,
madeline_JJ
kahn_???
as_CS
her_PP$
practical_JJ
mother_NN
,_,
and_CC
ally_NN
sheedy_NN
as_IN
her_PP$
lonely_JJ
sister_NN
._.
walsh_NP
's_POS
clan_NN
,_,
on_IN
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other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
prim_???
,_,
proper_JJ
and_CC
ostentatious_JJ
._.
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two_CD
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and_CC
mingle_VB
,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
becomes_VBZ
a_DT
story_NN
of_IN
culture_NN
clash_NN
,_,
or_CC
as_CS
one_CD
character_NN
puts_VBZ
it_PP
,_,
"_"
money_NN
versus_IN
values_NNS
._.
"_"
ally_NN
sheedy_NN
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
wonderfully_RB
understated_VBN
performance_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
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pleasant_JJ
surprises_NNS
._.
sheedy_NN
expresses_VBZ
more_DT
with_IN
just_RB
her_PP$
eyes_NNS
than_CS
ringwald_NP
does_DOZ
with_IN
her_PP$
entire_JJ
body_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
anthony_NP
lapaglia_NP
,_,
however_RB
,_,
who_WP
seizes_VBZ
the_DT
spotlight_NN
._.
lapaglia_NP
plays_VBZ
stevie_NP
dee_NP
,_,
a_DT
suave_JJ
,_,
overly_RB
polite_JJ
mafioso_NN
who_WP
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courting_VBG
sheedy_NN
with_IN
old-fashioned_JJ
chivalry_NN
._.
lapaglia_NP
's_POS
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dim-witted_VBN
character_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
riot_NN
._.
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what_WDT
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that_CS
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a_DT
dead_JJ
ringer_NN
for_IN
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
,_,
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a_DT
little_JJ
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of_IN
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thrown_VBN
in_IN
for_IN
good_JJ
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._.
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to_IN
have_HV
attended_VBN
the_DT
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school_NN
of_IN
gangster_NN
acting_VBG
,_,
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his_PP$
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tribute_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
role-model_NN
and_CC
partly_RB
a_DT
rip-off_NN
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
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whether_CS
to_IN
say_NN
a_DT
star_NN
is_BEZ
born_VBN
or_CC
a_DT
star_NN
is_BEZ
re-born_JJ
,_,
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i_PP
do_DO
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that_CS
lapaglia_NP
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over-the-top_NN
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should_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
missed_VBN
._.
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acting_VBG
,_,
however_RB
,_,
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well_RB
beyond_IN
sheedy_NN
and_CC
lapaglia_NP
._.
joe_NP
pesci_???
,_,
in_IN
particular_JJ
,_,
sinks_NNS
his_PP$
teeth_NNS
into_IN
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role_NN
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,_,
a_DT
slum_NN
lord_NN
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mob_NN
ties_NNS
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
cheating_VBG
on_IN
his_PP$
wife_NN
(_(
catherine_NP
o'hara_NP
)_)
._.
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,_,
faced_VBD
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challenge_NN
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,_,
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a_DT
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wallet_NN
._.
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film_NN
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of_IN
view_NN
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one_CD
:_:
plan_NN
the_DT
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,_,
and_CC
two_CD
:_:
pay_VB
for_IN
it_PP
._.
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a_DT
filmmaker_NN
,_,
alda_???
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style_VB
of_IN
humor_NN
is_BEZ
remarkably_RB
restrained_JJ
and_CC
tasteful_JJ
._.
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he_PP
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comic_NN
genius_NN
of_IN
a_DT
woody_JJ
allen_NP
,_,
alda_???
does_DOZ
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inspiration_NN
to_IN
make_VB
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which_WDT
are_BER
ten_CD
times_NNS
more_RBR
entertaining_JJ
than_CS
the_DT
slop_NN
which_WDT
usually_RB
passes_VBZ
for_IN
comedy_NN
._.
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