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in_IN
wonder_NN
boys_NNS
michael_NP
douglas_NP
plays_VBZ
an_DT
aged_IN
writer_NN
\_???
professor_NN
with_IN
such_DT
lived-in_???
naturalism_NN
that_CS
i_PP
believe_VB
it_PP
may_MD
be_BE
his_PP$
best_JJS
performance_NN
._.
ever_RB
since_CS
wall_NN
street_NN
,_,
douglas_NP
has_HVZ
spent_VBN
the_DT
greater_JJR
part_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
career_NN
playing_VBG
variations_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
shark_NN
in_IN
a_DT
suit_NN
gordon_NP
gecko_???
character_NN
he_PP
personified_VBD
in_IN
the_DT
mid-80_???
's_BEZ
._.
in_IN
those_DT
performances_NNS
he_PP
tended_VBD
to_IN
exaggerate_VB
the_DT
vehemence_NN
of_IN
cutthroat_NN
businessmen_NNS
,_,
with_IN
much_DT
frothing_NN
at_IN
the_DT
mouth_NN
while_CS
projecting_JJ
all_PDT
his_PP$
bad_JJ
intentions_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
world_NN
._.
you'd_???
think_NN
such_DT
a_DT
man_NN
would_MD
keep_VB
his_PP$
evil_NN
wrapped_VBN
tightly_RB
underneath_IN
a_DT
good-natured_JJ
veneer_NN
,_,
but_CC
from_IN
gordon_NP
gecko_???
to_TO
nicholas_NP
van_NN
orton_NP
,_,
douglas_NP
played_VBD
the_DT
role_NN
straight_RB
and_CC
out_RP
in_IN
the_DT
open_JJ
._.
in_IN
wonder_NN
boys_NNS
his_PP$
performance_NN
isn't_BEZ
showy_JJ
or_CC
a_DT
tour_NN
de_NP
force_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
simple_JJ
yet_RB
truthful_JJ
._.
he_PP
embodies_NNS
grady_RB
,_,
a_DT
craggy_JJ
old_JJ
writer_NN
with_IN
a_DT
predilection_NP
for_IN
pot_NN
and_CC
pink_JJ
bathrobes_NNS
._.
grady_RB
instructs_NNS
a_NN
writers_NNS
workshop_NN
while_CS
working_VBG
tirelessly_RB
on_IN
a_DT
follow_VB
up_RP
to_IN
the_DT
novel_NN
that_CS
put_VBD
him_PP
on_IN
the_DT
map_NN
._.
when_CS
we_PP
first_OD
encounter_NN
this_DT
curmudgeon_NN
in_IN
the_DT
midst_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
workshop_NN
,_,
we_PP
hear_VB
his_PP$
sardonic_JJ
narration_NN
on_IN
the_DT
soundtrack_NN
as_IN
students_NNS
bombard_NP
one_CD
of_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
with_IN
unfair_JJ
criticisms_NNS
._.
grady_RB
points_NNS
out_RP
,_,
in_IN
his_PP$
narration_NN
,_,
that_CS
they_PP
only_RB
do_DO
so_RB
out_RP
of_IN
jealousy_NN
._.
their_PP$
target_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
very_RB
writerly_RB
named_VBN
james_NP
leer_???
(_(
played_VBD
by_IN
the_DT
always_RB
understated_VBN
tobey_NP
maguire_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
student_NN
full_JJ
of_IN
potential_JJ
and_CC
one_CD
whom_WP
grady_JJ
develops_VBZ
a_DT
mild_JJ
affection_NN
for_IN
._.
leer_???
is_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
youth_NN
who_WP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
mechanically_RB
block_NN
out_RP
emotions_NNS
._.
he_PP
speaks_VBZ
in_IN
an_DT
intellectualized_JJ
monotone_NN
with_IN
just_RB
a_DT
hint_NN
of_IN
dry_JJ
wit_NN
around_IN
the_DT
edges_NNS
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
portentous_JJ
and_CC
gloomy_JJ
,_,
as_CS
if_CS
modeling_NN
himself_PPX
after_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
depressed_JJ
writers_NNS
,_,
though_CS
his_PP$
act_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
little_JJ
too_RB
calculated_VBN
._.
he_PP
reminds_VBZ
me_PP
of_IN
the_DT
self-imposed_JJ
outcast_NN
film_NN
director_NN
,_,
jim_NP
jarmusch_NP
(_(
dead_JJ
man_NN
,_,
ghost_NN
dog_NN
)_)
._.
whenever_WRB
i_PP
happen_VB
to_TO
catch_VB
jarmusch_NP
in_IN
an_DT
interview_NN
i_PP
see_VB
the_DT
man_NN
speaking_VBG
in_IN
a_DT
toneless_NN
manner_NN
(_(
the_DT
monotonous_JJ
drawl_VB
supposedly_RB
masking_NN
depth_NN
or_CC
contempt_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
interviewer_NN
)_)
,_,
exclusively_RB
dressed_VBN
in_IN
black_JJ
,_,
and_CC
with_IN
his_PP$
spiked_VBD
hair_NN
dyed_JJ
snow_NN
white_JJ
._.
leer_???
is_BEZ
similar_JJ
,_,
a_DT
guy_NN
who_WP
equates_VBZ
quirks_NNS
with_IN
depth_NN
._.
tobey_VB
maguire_NN
fits_VBZ
well_RB
in_IN
the_DT
role_NN
._.
with_IN
his_PP$
round_NN
,_,
sweet-eerie_NP
face_NN
he_PP
resembles_VBZ
bud_NN
cort_???
from_IN
harold_NP
and_CC
maude_NN
._.
but_CC
unlike_IN
cort_???
,_,
maguire_NN
is_BEZ
easier_JJR
to_TO
warm_VB
up_RP
to_IN
;_;
he_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
messed_JJ
up_RP
kid_NN
reaching_VBG
for_IN
artistic_JJ
credibility_NN
._.
katie_NP
holmes_NP
plays_VBZ
hannah_NP
,_,
a_DT
beautiful_JJ
,_,
talented_JJ
writing_NN
student_NN
just_RB
itching_VBG
to_IN
get_VB
in_IN
grady_RB
's_POS
pants_NNS
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
plot_NN
line_NN
i_PP
had_HVD
trouble_NN
with_IN
._.
douglas_NP
,_,
in_IN
his_PP$
old_JJ
age_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
beginning_NN
to_IN
resemble_VB
jerry_NP
springer_NN
,_,
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
actually_RB
paid_VBN
for_IN
sex_NN
on_IN
numerous_JJ
documented_VBN
occasions_NNS
._.
at_IN
first_OD
i_PP
found_VBD
it_PP
extremely_RB
difficult_JJ
to_IN
believe_VB
that_RB
someone_PN
as_IN
beautiful_JJ
as_CS
hannah_NP
would_MD
desire_VB
grady_RB
(_(
maybe_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
because_CS
i'm_???
jealous_JJ
,_,
and_CC
wish_VB
holmes_NP
was_BEDZ
throwing_VBG
herself_PPX
at_IN
me_PP
,_,
after_IN
all_PDT
i_PP
may_MD
just_RB
be_BE
a_DT
lowly_JJ
internet_NN
critic_NN
but_CC
at_IN
least_DT
i_PP
still_RB
have_HV
all_PDT
my_PP$
teeth_NNS
)_)
,_,
then_RB
i_PP
think_VB
of_IN
douglas_NP
's_POS
real_JJ
life_NN
companion_NN
,_,
the_DT
breathtaking_JJ
catherine_NN
zeta_NN
jones_NP
._.
seeing_VBG
those_DT
two_CD
together_RB
looks_VBZ
a_DT
lot_NN
like_IN
a_DT
kidnapping_NN
._.
suddenly_RB
my_PP$
mind_NN
has_HVZ
shifted_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
task_NN
at_IN
hand_NN
(_(
that_CS
being_NN
reviewing_VBG
this_DT
completely_RB
wonderful_JJ
movie_NN
)_)
and_CC
i'm_???
pontificating_NN
on_IN
why_WRB
the_DT
hell_NN
jones_NP
would_MD
desire_VB
douglas_NP
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
movie_NN
in_IN
there_RB
somewhere_RB
._.
grady_RB
,_,
rather_RB
chivalrously_RB
if_CS
you_PP
ask_VB
me_PP
,_,
resists_VBZ
the_DT
charms_NNS
of_IN
hannah_NP
for_IN
sara_???
gaskell_NN
(_(
a_DT
droll_JJ
frances_NP
mcdormand_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
his_PP$
age_NN
,_,
but_CC
also_RB
married_JJ
to_IN
another_DT
professor_NN
._.
okay_RB
,_,
maybe_RB
not_XNOT
so_RB
chivalrous_JJ
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
great_JJ
line_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
spoken_VBN
by_IN
douglas_NP
about_IN
sara_???
where_CS
he_PP
says_VBZ
,_,
"_"
she_PP
was_BEDZ
a_DT
junkie_NN
for_IN
the_DT
printed_JJ
word_NN
._.
lucky_JJ
for_IN
me_PP
i_PP
manufactured_JJ
her_PP
drug_NN
of_IN
choice_NN
"_"
._.
robert_NP
downy_JJ
j_NN
._.
r_NN
plays_VBZ
a_DT
bisexual_JJ
editor_NN
who_WP
makes_VBZ
his_PP$
entrance_NN
with_IN
a_DT
towering_JJ
transvestite_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
arm_NN
._.
downy_JJ
has_HVZ
mastered_JJ
the_DT
gleefully_RB
dry_JJ
hyper_NN
articulate_JJ
wit_NN
of_IN
many_DT
a_DT
hipster_NN
intellectual_JJ
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
arrogant_JJ
but_CC
completely_RB
likeable_JJ
in_IN
his_PP$
utter_JJ
arrogance_NN
._.
the_DT
actor_NN
is_BEZ
perfectly_RB
cast_VBN
here_RB
,_,
and_CC
remains_VBZ
a_DT
joyous_JJ
movie_NN
presence_NN
somewhere_RB
between_IN
a_DT
typical_JJ
tom_NP
hanksian_JJ
comic_NN
leading_JJ
man_NN
and_CC
edgy_???
character_NN
actor_NN
._.
i_PP
wish_VB
wonder_NN
boys_NNS
had_HVD
more_DT
of_IN
him_PP
._.
searching_NN
for_IN
a_DT
plot_NN
among_IN
the_DT
elements_NNS
of_IN
wonder_NN
boys_NNS
would_MD
be_BE
pointless_JJ
,_,
for_IN
it_PP
meanders_NNS
through_IN
its_PP$
running_NN
time_NN
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
part_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
charm_NN
._.
and_CC
maybe_RB
i'm_???
a_DT
bit_NN
biased_JJ
towards_IN
the_DT
film_NN
because_CS
it_PP
takes_VBZ
place_NN
in_IN
a_DT
haven_NN
of_IN
literary_JJ
academia_NN
,_,
a_DT
place_NN
i'm_???
greatly_RB
fond_JJ
of_IN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
place_NN
rarely_RB
explored_VBN
in_IN
american_JJ
cinema_NN
._.
everyone_PN
has_HVZ
a_DT
sub-genre_???
(_(
be_BE
it_PP
war_NN
films_NNS
,_,
westerns_NNS
,_,
dance_NN
movies_NNS
)_)
that_CS
they_PP
happen_VB
to_TO
be_BE
privy_JJ
to_TO
._.
i'm_???
privy_JJ
to_TO
films_NNS
about_IN
literary_JJ
types_NNS
i_PP
._.
e_NN
._.
those_DT
individuals_NNS
enthralled_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
written_JJ
word_NN
,_,
and_CC
if_CS
you_PP
are_BER
not_XNOT
so_RB
inclined_JJ
it_PP
may_MD
be_BE
wise_JJ
to_TO
knock_VB
my_PP$
above_JJ
grade_NN
down_IN
about_IN
half_NN
a_DT
notch_NN
._.
the_DT
direction_NN
by_IN
curtis_NP
hanson_NP
is_BEZ
more_DT
akin_JJ
to_IN
a_DT
european_JJ
film_NN
with_IN
its_PP$
leisurely_JJ
pace_NN
and_CC
situations_NNS
that_CS
grow_VB
from_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
rather_RB
than_CS
generic_JJ
mapped_VBN
out_RP
story_NN
points_NNS
._.
sometimes_RB
the_DT
dialogue_NN
is_BEZ
too_RB
clever_JJ
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
a_DT
problem_NN
i_PP
wish_VB
i_PP
found_VBD
with_IN
films_NNS
more_DT
often_RB
._.
another_DT
minor_JJ
quibble_JJ
is_BEZ
that_CS
early_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
film_NN
seems_VBZ
a_DT
bit_NN
too_RB
introverted_VBN
,_,
like_IN
its_PP$
characters_NNS
,_,
but_CC
as_CS
the_DT
story_NN
progresses_VBZ
it_PP
begins_VBZ
to_IN
open_JJ
up_IN
._.
for_IN
me_PP
wonder_VB
boys_NNS
works_NN
as_IN
subtle_JJ
drama_NN
because_CS
of_IN
its_PP$
insight_NN
into_IN
artistic_JJ
types_NNS
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
a_DT
low-key_JJ
comedy_NN
for_IN
its_PP$
chuckle-worthy_JJ
throwaway_NN
gags_NNS
._.
the_DT
gags_NNS
are_BER
like_IN
those_DT
in_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
robert_NP
altman_NN
(_(
m_NN
*_???
a_NN
*_???
s_NN
*_???
h_NN
,_,
the_DT
long_JJ
goodbye_UH
)_(
movies_NNS
,_,
where_CS
jokes_NNS
exist_VB
as_IN
asides_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
fringes_NNS
,_,
like_IN
jokes_NNS
in_IN
life_NN
often_RB
do_DO
._.
the_DT
broader_JJR
comedy_NN
such_DT
as_CS
the_DT
killing_NN
of_IN
a_DT
blind_JJ
dog_NN
,_,
and_CC
incessant_JJ
smoking_NN
of_IN
marijuana_NN
isn't_BEZ
ineffective_JJ
but_CC
not_XNOT
nearly_RB
as_IN
memorable_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
little_JJ
things_NNS
._.
curtis_NP
hanson_NP
,_,
who_WP
before_IN
his_PP$
last_OD
film_NN
,_,
la_NP
confidential_JJ
,_,
toiled_JJ
about_IN
with_IN
exploitation_NN
fare_NN
like_IN
losin_NN
'_"
it_PP
(_(
an_DT
early_JJ
tom_NP
cruise_NN
sex_NN
comedy_NN
)_)
and_CC
the_DT
hand_NN
the_DT
rocks_NNS
the_DT
cradle_NN
,_,
has_HVZ
graduated_VBN
to_IN
more_DT
meaningful_JJ
films_NNS
._.
he_PP
directs_VBZ
wonder_NN
boys_NNS
in_IN
an_DT
appropriately_RB
dour_JJ
style_NN
,_,
the_DT
comedy_NN
coming_VBG
from_IN
the_DT
false_JJ
gloom_NN
his_PP$
characters_NNS
put_VB
up_RP
._.
the_DT
morose_JJ
crooning_NN
of_IN
leonard_NP
cohen_NP
would_MD
seem_VB
an_DT
odd_JJ
song_NN
for_IN
the_DT
background_NN
of_IN
any_DT
party_NN
,_,
but_CC
in_IN
a_DT
wonder_NN
boys_NNS
party_NN
,_,
it_PP
fits_VBZ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
like_IN
a_DT
piece_NN
of_IN
literature_NN
put_VB
up_RP
on_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
screen_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
cinematic_JJ
equivalent_JJ
to_IN
a_DT
good_JJ
read_VB
,_,
novelistic_JJ
in_IN
its_PP$
approach_NN
with_IN
themes_NNS
rarely_RB
found_VBN
in_IN
american_JJ
movies_NNS
._.
many_DT
will_MD
find_VB
it_PP
slight_JJ
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
found_VBD
much_DT
to_IN
savor_NP
among_IN
its_PP$
subtleties_NNS
._.