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call_VB
911_CD
for_IN
the_DT
cliche_NN
police_NNS
if_CS
you_PP
must_MD
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
eyes_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
window_NN
to_IN
the_DT
soul_NN
._.
the_DT
finest_JJS
actors_NNS
working_VBG
in_IN
films_NNS
are_BER
those_DT
who_WP
can_MD
command_VB
the_DT
screen_NN
with_IN
a_DT
gaze_NN
:_:
paul_NP
newman_NP
,_,
ralph_NP
fiennes_NNS
,_,
anthony_NP
hopkins_NP
,_,
morgan_NP
freeman_NN
._.
you_PP
look_VB
at_IN
these_DT
men_NNS
on_IN
screen_NN
and_CC
you_PP
can_MD
tell_VB
without_IN
them_PP
saying_VBG
a_DT
word_NN
that_CS
there_EX
is_BEZ
something_PN
going_VBG
on_IN
in_IN
their_PP$
minds_NNS
,_,
that_CS
the_DT
characters_NNS
they_PP
play_VB
are_BER
real_JJ
human_JJ
beings_NNS
._.
we_PP
will_MD
never_RB
have_HV
a_DT
chance_NN
to_IN
discover_VB
if_CS
tupac_FW
shakur_???
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
a_DT
great_JJ
actor_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
had_HVD
that_DT
unique_JJ
quality_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
eyes_NNS
._.
in_IN
gridlock'd_???
,_,
an_DT
oddly_RB
effective_JJ
combination_NN
of_IN
gritty_JJ
drama_NN
and_CC
social_JJ
satire_NN
,_,
shakur_???
and_CC
his_PP$
co-star_NN
tim_NP
roth_NP
take_VB
sketchy_NN
characters_NNS
and_CC
make_VB
them_PP
exciting_JJ
to_TO
watch_VB
through_IN
the_DT
pure_JJ
energy_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
talent_NN
and_CC
chemistry_NN
._.
shakur_???
and_CC
roth_NP
play_VB
ezekiel_NP
"_"
spoon_NN
"_"
whitmore_IN
and_CC
alexander_NP
"_"
stretch_NN
"_"
rome_NP
,_,
two_CD
detroit_NP
buddies_NNS
who_WP
share_VB
a_DT
spoken_JJ
word_NN
/_SYM
jazz_NN
trio_NN
,_,
an_DT
apartment_NN
and_CC
a_DT
drug_NN
addiction_NN
with_IN
cookie_NN
(_(
thandie_NP
newton_NP
)_)
._.
when_CS
a_DT
new_JJ
year_NN
's_POS
eve_NN
party_NN
ends_NNS
with_IN
cookie_NN
comatose_JJ
after_IN
a_DT
drug_NN
overdose_NN
,_,
spoon_NN
and_CC
stretch_NN
begin_VB
to_IN
wonder_NN
if_CS
they_PP
are_BER
living_VBG
on_IN
borrowed_JJ
time_NN
._.
they_PP
soon_RB
make_VB
a_DT
new_JJ
year_NN
's_POS
resolution_NN
to_IN
get_VB
into_IN
rehab_???
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
proves_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
easier_JJR
said_JJ
than_CS
done_DON
._.
as_CS
though_CS
the_DT
temptation_NN
to_IN
fix_NN
were_BED
not_XNOT
hindrance_NN
enough_DT
,_,
spoon_NN
and_CC
stretch_NN
also_RB
find_VB
their_PP$
attempts_NNS
to_IN
get_VB
clean_RB
hitting_VBG
a_DT
road_NN
block_NN
of_IN
bureaucracy_NN
,_,
confusion_NN
and_CC
red_JJ
tape_NN
._.
the_DT
government_NN
might_MD
be_BE
the_DT
least_RBS
of_IN
their_PP$
obstacles_NNS
,_,
however_RB
,_,
as_CS
they_PP
find_VB
themselves_PPX
suspects_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
murder_NN
of_IN
a_DT
drug_NN
dealer_NN
,_,
and_CC
on_IN
the_DT
run_NN
from_IN
a_DT
nasty_JJ
thug_???
(_(
vondie_FW
curtis_NP
hall_NN
)_)
._.
in_IN
order_NN
for_IN
you_PP
to_IN
buy_NN
into_IN
gridlock'd_???
at_IN
all_PDT
,_,
you_PP
have_HV
to_TO
accept_VB
it_PP
as_IN
a_DT
surreal_NN
odyssey_NN
rather_RB
than_CS
as_CS
urban_JJ
realism_NN
;_;
unless_CS
spoon_NN
and_CC
stretch_NN
sleep_NN
through_IN
an_DT
entire_JJ
day_NN
at_IN
the_DT
hospital_NN
after_IN
bringing_VBG
in_IN
cookie_NN
,_,
they_PP
are_BER
going_VBG
to_TO
government_NN
offices_NNS
on_IN
new_JJ
year_NN
's_POS
day_NN
,_,
in_IN
which_WDT
case_NN
they_PP
should_MD
be_BE
thankful_JJ
they_PP
get_VB
any_DT
help_NN
at_IN
all_PDT
._.
gridlock'd_???
may_MD
actually_RB
be_BE
a_DT
response_NN
to_IN
the_DT
fatuous_JJ
social_JJ
commentary_NN
of_IN
another_DT
urban_JJ
odyssey_NN
,_,
1991_CD
's_POS
falling_JJ
down_IN
,_,
which_WDT
found_VBD
a_DT
besieged_JJ
middle_NN
class_NN
white_JJ
male_NN
venting_NN
his_PP$
righteous_JJ
anger_NN
against_IN
the_DT
system_NN
during_IN
a_DT
trek_???
through_IN
inner_JJ
city_NN
los_NP
angeles_NP
._.
in_IN
falling_VBG
down_RP
,_,
michael_NP
douglas_NP
'_"
d-fens_NNS
(_(
the_DT
character_NN
's_POS
personalized_JJ
license_NN
plate_NN
,_,
echoed_VBD
in_IN
gridlock'd_???
by_IN
the_DT
drug_NN
lord_NN
d-reper_NN
's_POS
plates_NNS
)_)
whips_NNS
out_RP
a_DT
gun_NN
because_CS
he_PP
can't_MD
get_VB
breakfast_NN
at_IN
mcdonald_NP
's_POS
;_;
in_IN
gridlock'd_???
,_,
spoon_NN
and_CC
stretch_NN
are_BER
unarmed_JJ
against_IN
the_DT
demands_NNS
placed_VBN
on_IN
them_PP
before_IN
they_PP
can_MD
get_VB
into_IN
a_DT
rehab_???
center_NN
._.
and_CC
where_CS
the_DT
unhinged_JJ
d-fens_NNS
became_VBD
a_DT
heroic_JJ
surrogate_NN
for_IN
audiences_NNS
,_,
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
vondie_NP
curtis_NP
hall_NN
refuses_VBZ
to_IN
let_VBN
spoon_NN
and_CC
stretch_NN
off_IN
the_DT
hook_NN
for_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
part_NN
in_IN
the_DT
situation_NN
._.
one_CD
bureaucrat_NN
responds_VBZ
to_IN
a_DT
tirade_NN
from_IN
stretch_NN
with_IN
the_DT
question_NN
,_,
"_"
do_DO
you_PP
expect_VB
the_DT
world_NN
to_IN
stop_NN
._.
._.
._.
just_JJ
because_CS
you_PP
picked_VBD
_today__???
to_TO
clean_VB
up_RP
?_?
"_"
the_DT
world_NN
in_IN
gridlock'd_???
is_BEZ
just_JJ
as_CS
frustrating_JJ
as_IN
the_DT
world_NN
in_IN
falling_VBG
down_RP
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
cathartic_JJ
moments_NNS
yield_NN
no_DT
easy_JJ
answers_NNS
this_DT
time_NN
._.
hall_NN
has_HVZ
some_DT
interesting_JJ
things_NNS
to_IN
say_NN
about_IN
what_WDT
we_PP
expect_VB
from_IN
the_DT
system_NN
,_,
but_CC
perhaps_RB
not_XNOT
enough_RB
of_IN
them_PP
._.
a_DT
significant_JJ
chunk_NN
of_IN
gridlock'd_???
is_BEZ
devoted_JJ
to_TO
spoon_VB
and_CC
stretch_VB
's_NNS
flight_NN
from_IN
d-reper_NN
and_CC
from_IN
the_DT
police_NNS
,_,
and_CC
those_DT
sub-plots_NNS
serve_VB
up_RP
some_DT
thoroughly_RB
predictable_JJ
moments_NNS
._.
in_IN
one_CD
scene_NN
,_,
stretch_NN
scares_NNS
off_IN
d-reper_JJR
by_IN
getting_VBG
chummy_JJ
with_IN
a_DT
police_NNS
officer_NN
;_;
another_DT
presents_NNS
that_CS
old_JJ
chestnut_NN
of_IN
the_DT
two_CD
mistakenly-suspected_VBN
heroes_NNS
in_IN
a_DT
public_JJ
place_NN
watching_VBG
a_DT
television_NN
news_NN
report_NN
of_IN
the_DT
crime_NN
which_WDT
shows_VBZ
their_PP$
pictures_NNS
._.
the_DT
entire_JJ
sequence_NN
of_IN
events_NNS
seems_VBZ
designed_JJ
merely_RB
as_CS
an_DT
excuse_NN
to_IN
get_VB
spoon_NN
and_CC
stretch_NN
running_VBG
,_,
while_CS
the_DT
other_JJ
primary_JJ
plot_NN
has_HVZ
them_PP
standing_NN
in_IN
line_NN
or_CC
sitting_VBG
down_RP
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
time_NN
._.
hall_NN
also_RB
plays_VBZ
with_IN
gratuitous_JJ
inserts_NNS
of_IN
drug_NN
paraphernalia_NN
and_CC
flashbacks_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
day_NN
before_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
main_JJ
events_NNS
,_,
perhaps_RB
making_VBG
a_DT
particular_JJ
effort_NN
to_IN
point_NN
out_RP
the_DT
talent_NN
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
wasting_VBG
through_IN
self-destructive_JJ
behavior_JJ
._.
oh_UH
,_,
the_DT
irony_NN
of_IN
it_PP
._.
tupac_FW
shakur_???
made_VBD
a_DT
career_NN
in_IN
music_NN
and_CC
movies_NNS
playing_VBG
the_DT
hard_JJ
case_NN
,_,
and_CC
living_NN
the_DT
life_NN
to_IN
back_NN
it_PP
up_RP
._.
in_IN
gridlock'd_???
,_,
shakur_???
gets_VBZ
the_DT
chance_NN
to_IN
play_NN
someone_PN
who_NP
has_HVZ
seen_VBN
enough_RB
of_IN
the_DT
way_NN
his_PP$
life_NN
could_MD
go_VB
to_IN
know_VB
that_RB
it_PP
scares_VBZ
him_PP
._.
spoon_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
idea_NN
for_IN
a_DT
character_NN
at_IN
best_JJS
as_CS
written_JJ
by_IN
hall_NN
,_,
but_CC
shakur_???
displays_NNS
an_DT
intelligence_NN
and_CC
survival_NN
instinct_NN
which_WDT
struggle_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
addiction_NN
._.
mostly_RB
it_PP
comes_VBZ
through_IN
those_DT
eyes_NNS
,_,
eyes_NNS
with_IN
none_PN
of_IN
the_DT
hardness_NN
you_PP
might_MD
expect_VB
from_IN
the_DT
infamous_JJ
gangsta_NP
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
spoon_NN
who_NP
plays_VBZ
conscience_NN
to_IN
stretch_NN
's_POS
pure_JJ
appetite_NN
,_,
and_CC
roth_NP
plays_VBZ
stretch_NN
with_IN
a_DT
gleeful_JJ
self-destructiveness_NN
(_(
he_PP
reveals_VBZ
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
hiv_???
positive_JJ
even_JJ
as_IN
he_PP
is_BEZ
preparing_VBG
to_TO
shoot_VB
up_RP
again_RB
)_)
which_WDT
is_BEZ
as_IN
much_DT
an_DT
obstacle_NN
to_IN
spoon_NN
's_POS
goal_NN
as_IN
any_DT
agency_NN
or_CC
enemy_NN
._.
gridlock'd_???
's_BEZ
most_DT
cruelly_RB
comic_JJ
scene_NN
finds_VBZ
stretch_NN
"_"
helping_VBG
"_"
spoon_NN
get_VB
into_IN
an_DT
emergency_NN
room_NN
by_IN
repeatedly_RB
stabbing_VBG
him_PP
with_IN
a_DT
tiny_JJ
pocket_NN
knife_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
becomes_VBZ
an_DT
appropriate_JJ
symbol_NN
for_IN
how_WRB
the_DT
company_NN
he_PP
keeps_VBZ
has_HVZ
slowly_RB
drained_VBN
the_DT
life_NN
out_RP
of_IN
him_PP
._.
with_IN
friends_NNS
like_IN
that_DT
,_,
spoon_NN
doesn't_DOZ
need_VB
enemies_NNS
,_,
and_CC
shakur_???
looks_VBZ
at_IN
stretch_NN
with_IN
the_DT
tired_JJ
eyes_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
seen_VBN
too_RB
much_RB
._.
the_DT
tragedy_NN
now_RB
is_BEZ
that_DT
we_PP
won't_MD
get_VB
more_DT
chances_NNS
to_IN
see_NN
those_DT
eyes_NNS
again_RB
._.
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