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dreamworks_NNS
pictures_NNS
presents_NNS
a_DT
jinks_NNS
/_SYM
cohen_NP
company_NN
production_NN
kevin_NP
spacey_NP
annette_NN
bening_NN
"_"
american_JJ
beauty_NN
"_"
thora_FW
birch_NN
allison_NN
janney_NN
peter_NP
gallagher_NP
mena_???
suvari_NN
wes_???
bentley_NP
and_CC
chris_NP
cooper_NP
co-producers_NNS
stan_NP
wlodkowski_NP
alan_NP
ball_NN
music_NN
by_IN
thomas_NP
newman_NP
costume_NN
designer_NN
julie_NP
weiss_NP
film_NN
editor_NN
tariq_???
anway_NN
chris_NP
greenbury_NP
production_NN
designer_NN
naomi_???
shohan_NP
director_NN
of_IN
photography_NN
conrad_NP
l_NN
._.
hall_NN
,_,
a_DT
._.
s_NN
._.
c_NN
._.
produced_VBN
by_IN
bruce_NP
cohen_NP
&_???
dan_NN
jinks_NNS
written_VBN
by_IN
alan_NP
ball_NN
directed_VBN
by_IN
sam_NP
mendes_NP
"_"
both_RB
my_PP$
wife_NN
and_CC
daughter_NN
think_VB
i'm_???
this_DT
gigantic_JJ
loser_NN
._.
and_CC
they're_???
right_NN
._.
i_PP
have_HV
lost_VBN
something_PN
._.
i_PP
didn't_DOD
always_RB
feel_VB
this_DT
sedated_JJ
._.
"_"
with_IN
that_DT
piece_NN
of_IN
dialogue_NN
,_,
we_PP
are_BER
fully_RB
introduced_VBN
to_IN
lester_NP
burnham_NP
(_(
kevin_NP
spacey_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
42_CD
year_NN
old_JJ
man_NN
trapped_VBN
within_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
life_NN
._.
lester_NP
works_NN
for_IN
an_DT
advertising_NN
agency_NN
._.
his_PP$
growing_JJ
dissatisfaction_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
job_NN
is_BEZ
only_RB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
mid-life_NN
crisis_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
suffering_VBG
._.
estranged_JJ
from_IN
both_PDT
his_PP$
wife_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
daughter_NN
,_,
lester_NP
starts_VBZ
to_IN
crack_NN
under_IN
the_DT
stress_NN
._.
his_PP$
life_NN
becomes_VBZ
nothing_PN
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
series_NN
of_IN
mastubatory_NN
fantasies_NNS
,_,
and_CC
sullen_JJ
apathy_NN
._.
carolyn_NP
burnham_NP
(_(
annette_NN
bening_NN
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
prototypical_JJ
career_NN
woman_NN
/_SYM
homemaker_NN
._.
she_PP
carefully_RB
tends_VBZ
her_PP$
rose_NN
garden_NN
,_,
decorates_NNS
her_PP
home_RB
with_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
furnishings_NNS
._.
but_CC
inside_IN
she_PP
is_BEZ
desperate_JJ
._.
unsuccessful_JJ
at_IN
her_PP$
profession_NN
as_IN
a_DT
real_JJ
estate_NN
agent_NN
,_,
she_PP
drives_VBZ
herself_PPX
into_IN
states_NNS
of_IN
denial_NN
and_CC
self_NN
loathing_NN
that_CS
only_RB
feed_VB
her_PP$
growing_JJ
resentment_NN
towards_IN
her_PP$
family_NN
._.
the_DT
third_OD
member_NN
of_IN
this_DT
anti-family_NN
is_BEZ
jane_NP
burnham_NP
(_(
thora_FW
birch_NP
)_)
,_,
lester_NP
and_CC
carolyn_NP
's_POS
daughter_NN
._.
a_DT
young_JJ
girl_NN
going_VBG
through_IN
the_DT
typical_JJ
stages_NNS
of_IN
adolescence_NN
,_,
but_CC
having_HVG
to_TO
also_RB
come_VB
to_IN
terms_NNS
with_IN
her_PP$
families_NNS
growing_JJ
dysfunction_NP
._.
this_DT
funny_JJ
(_(
and_CC
frightening_JJ
)_)
slice_NN
of_IN
life_NN
is_BEZ
refreshingly_RB
simple_JJ
._.
not_XNOT
one_CD
character_NN
is_BEZ
given_VBN
less_DT
than_CS
is_BEZ
needed_VBN
to_IN
identify_VB
him_PP
or_CC
her_PP$
._.
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
telling_VBG
characters_NNS
are_BER
those_DT
that_CS
serve_VB
to_IN
highlight_NN
other_JJ
characters_NNS
._.
most_DT
notably_RB
is_BEZ
barbara_NP
fitts_NP
(_(
allison_NP
janney_NP
)_)
,_,
the_DT
almost_RB
catatonic_JJ
wife_NN
of_IN
retired_JJ
marine_JJ
colonel_NN
fitts_NP
._.
she_PP
has_HVZ
almost_RB
no_DT
dialogue_NN
,_,
and_CC
seems_VBZ
to_TO
be_BE
either_RB
recovering_VBG
from_IN
a_DT
stroke_NN
or_CC
suffering_NN
from_IN
one_CD
._.
colonel_NN
fitts_NP
(_(
chris_NP
cooper_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
an_DT
angry_JJ
and_CC
frightened_JJ
man_NN
._.
his_PP$
rage_NN
directed_VBN
almost_RB
singularly_RB
at_IN
his_PP$
son_NN
,_,
ricky_NP
(_(
wes_???
bentley_NP
)_)
who_WP
has_HVZ
just_RB
moved_VBN
with_IN
his_PP$
family_NN
to_IN
the_DT
same_DT
neighborhood_NN
as_IN
the_DT
burnham_NP
's_POS
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
they_PP
are_BER
the_DT
next_OD
door_NN
neighbors_NNS
._.
anymore_RB
detail_NN
into_IN
the_DT
personalities_NNS
of_IN
these_DT
marvelously_RB
diverse_JJ
characters_NNS
would_MD
deprive_VB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
many_DT
pleasures_NNS
and_CC
surprises_NNS
to_IN
be_BE
had_HVD
in_CD
"_"
american_JJ
beauty_NN
"_"
._.
alan_NP
ball_NN
,_,
who_WP
was_BEDZ
the_DT
co-executive_JJ
producer_NN
of_IN
the_DT
hit_NN
tv_NN
series_NN
"_"
cybil_???
"_"
and_CC
creator_NN
of_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
sitcom_NP
"_"
oh_UH
grow_VB
up_IN
"_"
,_,
has_HVZ
fashioned_VBN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
insightful_JJ
and_CC
expertly_RB
tuned_VBN
screenplays_RB
to_IN
have_HV
hit_VBN
the_DT
screen_NN
in_IN
the_DT
past_NN
ten_CD
years_NNS
._.
not_XNOT
one_CD
character_NN
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
rings_NNS
falsely_RB
._.
and_CC
the_DT
depth_NN
of_IN
personality_NN
in_IN
each_DT
,_,
is_BEZ
achingly_RB
honest_JJ
and_CC
insightful_JJ
._.
the_DT
plot_NN
detailing_VBG
the_DT
last_OD
year_NN
in_IN
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
a_DT
man_NN
as_IN
he_PP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
find_NN
his_PP$
own_DT
self_NN
worth_IN
is_BEZ
so_CS
resoundingly_RB
cliched_VBN
and_CC
at_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
original_JJ
as_IN
to_IN
bring_VB
to_IN
mind_NN
such_DT
marvelous_JJ
film_NN
work_NN
as_IN
"_"
the_DT
graduate_NN
"_"
or_CC
"_"
lolita_NP
"_"
._.
kevin_NP
spacey_NP
turns_VBZ
in_IN
one_CD
of_IN
this_DT
years_NNS
most_DT
pragmatic_JJ
performances_NNS
._.
his_PP$
lester_NP
burnham_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
everyman_NN
caught_VBD
up_RP
in_IN
the_DT
middle_NN
of_IN
a_DT
life_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
spiraling_VBG
into_IN
old_JJ
age_NN
._.
finally_RB
unable_JJ
to_IN
deal_NN
with_IN
the_DT
lost_JJ
soul_NN
that_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
become_VBN
,_,
lester_NP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
return_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
youth_NN
._.
he_PP
quits_VBZ
his_PP$
job_NN
(_(
actually_RB
blackmailing_VBG
his_PP$
employer_NN
for_IN
one_CD
year_NN
's_POS
salary_NN
)_)
,_,
starts_VBZ
smoking_JJ
pot_NN
,_,
fantasizes_NNS
about_IN
his_PP$
daughter_NN
's_POS
girlfriend_NN
angela_NP
(_(
mena_???
suvari_NN
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
marvelous_JJ
performance_NN
here_RB
)_)
,_,
starts_VBZ
working_JJ
out_RP
,_,
and_CC
finally_RB
takes_VBZ
a_DT
job_NN
at_IN
the_DT
local_JJ
fast_JJ
food_NN
outlet_NN
._.
mr_NN
._.
spacey_NP
's_POS
performance_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
remarkably_RB
subtle_JJ
and_CC
ingenuous_JJ
,_,
that_CS
we_PP
can_MD
be_BE
certain_JJ
that_CS
come_VB
oscar_NN
?_?
time_NN
,_,
we_PP
can_MD
be_BE
assured_VBN
to_IN
see_VB
him_PP
name_NN
among_IN
the_DT
five_CD
nominees_NNS
._.
annette_NN
bening_NN
also_RB
turns_VBZ
in_IN
what_WDT
may_MD
be_BE
the_DT
best_JJS
performance_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
career_NN
._.
carolyn_NP
burnham_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
woman_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
become_VBN
so_RB
insecure_JJ
as_CS
to_TO
be_BE
caught_VBN
up_RP
in_IN
maintaining_VBG
the_DT
facade_NN
of_IN
normalcy_NN
._.
unable_JJ
to_IN
cope_NP
with_IN
her_PP$
growing_JJ
disillusionment_NN
,_,
she_PP
forces_NNS
herself_PPX
to_TO
maintain_VB
her_PP$
demeanor_NN
,_,
driving_VBG
her_PP$
further_JJR
and_CC
further_JJR
into_IN
desperation_NN
,_,
adultery_NN
and_CC
possibly_RB
murder_NN
._.
ms_NN
._.
bening_VBG
makes_VBZ
the_DT
character_NN
of_IN
carolyn_NP
so_RB
compelling_JJ
as_CS
to_TO
be_BE
identifiable_JJ
to_TO
almost_RB
anyone_PN
._.
the_DT
slow_JJ
and_CC
methodical_JJ
turn_NN
from_IN
happy_JJ
home_NN
maker_NN
to_IN
charnel_JJ
house_NN
martha_NP
stewart_NP
is_BEZ
too_RB
frightening_JJ
to_IN
express_NN
in_IN
words_NNS
._.
thora_FW
birch_NP
holds_VBZ
her_PP$
own_DT
against_IN
the_DT
talents_NNS
cast_VBN
with_IN
her_PP$
._.
jane_NP
burnham_NP
is_BEZ
both_RB
an_DT
innocent_JJ
girl_NN
caught_VBN
up_RP
in_IN
what_WDT
is_BEZ
a_DT
dysfunctional_JJ
family_NN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
rebellious_JJ
child_NN
ready_JJ
to_IN
abandon_NN
them_PP
at_IN
any_DT
moment_NN
._.
her_PP
growing_JJ
distrust_NN
and_CC
isolation_NN
from_IN
her_PP$
family_NN
is_BEZ
something_PN
that_CS
many_DT
parents_NNS
should_MD
view_VB
as_IN
a_DT
warning_NN
._.
she_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
prototypical_JJ
trophy_NN
child_NN
._.
when_CS
carolyn_NP
praises_NNS
her_PP
daughter_NN
after_IN
a_DT
performance_NN
by_IN
her_PP$
cheerleading_NN
team_NN
(_(
"_"
i'm_???
so_CS
proud_JJ
of_IN
you_PP
,_,
honey_NN
._.
you_PP
didn't_DOD
screw_VB
up_RP
once_RB
!_!
"_"
)_(
,_,
the_DT
bitterness_NN
and_CC
resentment_NN
are_BER
palpable_JJ
._.
thora_FW
birch_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
young_JJ
actress_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
._.
praise_NN
must_MD
also_RB
go_VB
to_IN
chris_NP
cooper_NP
who_WP
brings_VBZ
yet_RB
another_DT
angry_JJ
father_NN
role_NN
to_IN
life_NN
with_IN
depth_NN
and_CC
resonance_NN
._.
colonel_NN
finn_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
man_NN
in_IN
complete_JJ
denial_NN
._.
his_PP$
military_JJ
upbringing_NN
masking_NN
a_DT
desire_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
too_RB
repulsed_VBN
to_IN
even_RB
comprehend_VB
._.
wes_???
bentley_NP
as_CS
ricky_NP
finn_NN
is_BEZ
fine_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
enigma_NN
._.
the_DT
boy_NN
next_OD
door_NN
who_WP
may_MD
be_BE
more_DT
foe_NN
than_CS
friend_NN
._.
a_DT
deceitful_JJ
and_CC
calculating_VBG
young_JJ
man_NN
,_,
whose_WP$
voyeuristic_JJ
proclivities_NNS
mask_NN
a_DT
deeper_JJR
and_CC
more_RBR
profound_JJ
understanding_NN
of_IN
life_NN
than_CS
any_DT
of_IN
the_DT
adults_NNS
around_IN
him_PP
._.
mr_NN
._.
bentley_NP
's_POS
performance_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
one_CD
troublesome_JJ
note_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
that_CS
is_BEZ
simply_RB
because_CS
the_DT
character_NN
is_BEZ
such_DT
a_DT
grand_JJ
and_CC
complete_JJ
liar_NN
,_,
that_CS
one_CD
almost_RB
faults_NNS
the_DT
performance_NN
for_IN
it_PP
._.
director_NN
sam_NP
mendes_NP
handles_VBZ
all_PDT
of_IN
the_DT
particulars_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
and_CC
the_DT
settings_NNS
with_IN
a_DT
sure_JJ
and_CC
composed_VBN
style_VB
that_DT
is_BEZ
neither_RB
intrusive_JJ
nor_CC
subtle_JJ
._.
scenes_NNS
of_IN
carolyn_NP
walking_NN
through_IN
the_DT
rain_NN
,_,
carry_VB
an_DT
ominous_JJ
fission_NN
that_CS
calls_VBZ
attention_NN
to_IN
the_DT
emotions_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
character_NN
._.
the_DT
subtle_JJ
cinematography_NN
by_IN
conrad_NP
hall_NN
is_BEZ
wonderful_JJ
,_,
capturing_VBG
the_DT
season_NN
in_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
it_PP
's_BEZ
harsh_JJ
beauty_NN
(_(
fall_NN
has_HVZ
never_RB
looked_VBN
so_RB
inviting_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
depressing_JJ
)_)
._.
every_DT
nuance_NN
of_IN
"_"
american_JJ
beauty_NN
"_"
begs_VBZ
it_PP
's_BEZ
audience_NN
to_IN
think_VB
and_CC
examine_VB
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
will_MD
be_BE
discussed_VBN
and_CC
debated_VBN
for_IN
years_NNS
to_IN
come_VB
._.
and_CC
well_RB
it_PP
should_MD
,_,
as_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
simply_RB
one_CD
of_IN
this_DT
years_NNS
best_RBS
._.