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zero_NN
effect_NN
gets_VBZ
its_PP$
title_NN
from_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
character_NN
,_,
daryl_NP
zero_NN
(_(
bill_NN
pullman_NN
)_)
,_,
although_CS
we_PP
don't_DO
understand_VB
what_WDT
it_PP
truly_RB
means_VBZ
until_CS
the_DT
very_RB
last_OD
line_NN
of_IN
dialogue_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
zero_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
private_JJ
investigator_NN
,_,
perhaps_RB
the_DT
best_JJS
private_JJ
investigator_NN
who_WP
ever_RB
lived_VBD
(_)
at_IN
least_DT
he'd_???
like_IN
to_TO
think_VB
so_RB
)_)
._.
however_RB
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
socially_RB
inept_JJ
being_BEG
,_,
and_CC
eccentric_JJ
in_IN
every_DT
possible_JJ
way_NN
--_???
this_RB
fact_NN
certainly_RB
makes_VBZ
his_PP$
talents_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
private_JJ
eye_NN
even_RB
more_DT
bewildering_JJ
than_CS
they_PP
already_RB
are_BER
._.
zero_CD
's_BEZ
accomplice_NN
is_BEZ
steve_NP
arlo_???
(_(
ben_NP
stiller_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
"_"
normal_JJ
"_"
guy_NN
who_WP
does_DOZ
the_DT
business_NN
side_NN
of_IN
the_DT
job_NN
--_???
he_PP
's_MD
the_DT
one_CD
who_WP
actually_RB
speaks_VBZ
to_IN
clients_NNS
and_CC
explains_VBZ
zero_NN
's_POS
greatness_NN
as_IN
an_DT
investigator_NN
._.
the_DT
opening_NN
scene_NN
has_HVZ
steve_NP
explaining_VBG
the_DT
many_DT
virtues_NNS
of_IN
zero_NN
's_POS
talents_NNS
to_IN
soon-to-be_???
client_NN
gregory_NP
stark_NP
(_(
ryan_NP
o'neal_NN
)_)
._.
it_PP
turns_VBZ
out_RP
that_CS
stark_JJ
has_HVZ
lost_VBN
a_DT
key_JJ
to_IN
a_DT
safe_JJ
deposit_NN
box_NN
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
now_RB
being_BEG
blackmailed_VBN
for_IN
something_PN
that_CS
he_PP
apparently_RB
knows_VBZ
nothing_PN
about_IN
._.
zero_CD
takes_NNS
the_DT
case_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
plot_NN
thickens_NNS
._.
his_PP$
path_NN
leads_VBZ
to_IN
a_DT
young_JJ
,_,
pretty_JJ
paramedic_JJ
named_JJ
gloria_NP
sullivan_NP
(_(
kim_???
dickens_NP
)_)
._.
despite_IN
her_PP$
luminous_JJ
and_CC
seemingly-harmless_NN
presence_NN
,_,
she_PP
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
the_DT
one_CD
blackmailing_NN
stark_JJ
._.
through_IN
his_PP$
investigations_NNS
,_,
zero_NN
learns_VBZ
why_WRB
,_,
but_CC
not_XNOT
without_IN
developing_JJ
feelings_NNS
for_IN
gloria_NP
--_???
feelings_NNS
that_RB
,_,
because_CS
of_IN
his_PP$
reclusive_JJ
behavior_JJ
,_,
are_BER
new_JJ
and_CC
confusing_JJ
to_IN
him_PP
._.
i_PP
have_HV
no_DT
particular_JJ
affinity_NN
towards_IN
the_DT
mystery_NN
genre_NN
of_IN
film_NN
._.
i_PP
can_MD
idly_RB
enjoy_VB
movies_NNS
about_IN
private_JJ
investigators_NNS
,_,
and_CC
,_,
every_DT
once_RB
in_IN
a_DT
while_NN
,_,
a_DT
film_NN
like_IN
chinatown_JJ
comes_VBZ
a_DT
long_JJ
that_CS
blows_VBZ
me_PP
away_RB
(_(
actually_RB
,_,
no_DT
private_JJ
eye_NN
film_NN
has_HVZ
ever_RB
reached_VBN
chinatown_JJ
's_NNS
greatness_NN
)_)
._.
zero_CD
effect_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
jake_NP
kasdan_NP
's_POS
first_OD
effort_NN
as_IN
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
about_IN
a_DT
private_JJ
investigator_NN
that_CS
succeeds_VBZ
in_IN
all_PDT
attempts_NNS
:_:
it_PP
's_BEZ
an_DT
original_JJ
,_,
funny_JJ
,_,
and_CC
completely_RB
involving_VBG
motion_NN
picture_NN
._.
with_IN
so_RB
many_DT
cliches_NNS
available_JJ
to_IN
this_DT
genre_NN
,_,
i_PP
find_VB
it_PP
amazing_JJ
that_CS
kasdan_NP
avoided_VBD
all_PDT
of_IN
them_PP
._.
but_CC
he_PP
didn't_DOD
just_RB
successfully_RB
avoid_VB
flaws_NNS
:_:
he_PP
has_HVZ
created_VBN
a_DT
great_JJ
film_NN
here_RB
,_,
one_CD
that_DT
had_HVD
me_NN
interested_VBN
and_CC
fascinated_JJ
from_IN
the_DT
first_OD
shot_NN
to_IN
the_DT
final_JJ
moment_NN
._.
take_VB
,_,
for_IN
starters_NNS
,_,
the_DT
great_JJ
cast_NN
of_IN
characters_NNS
._.
pullman_NN
is_BEZ
terrific_JJ
as_CS
zero_NN
,_,
showing_VBG
a_DT
comic_NN
flair_NN
that_CS
i_PP
really_RB
haven't_HV
seen_VBN
from_IN
him_PP
since_CS
spaceballs_NNS
._.
zero_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
guy_NN
who_WP
seems_VBZ
at_IN
ease_NN
switching_VBG
personalities_NNS
so_RB
frequently_RB
as_CS
he_PP
does_DOZ
here_RB
;_;
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
an_DT
almost_RB
exaggeratedly_JJ
twisted_JJ
,_,
emotionally_RB
unstable_JJ
man_NN
outside_IN
of_IN
his_PP$
profession_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
at_IN
all_PDT
difficult_JJ
to_IN
believe_VB
._.
pullman_NN
's_POS
performance_NN
is_BEZ
much_DT
more_DT
layered_JJ
than_CS
it_PP
might_MD
seem_VB
at_IN
first_OD
glance_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
occasional_JJ
voice-over_NN
as_IN
he_PP
's_BEZ
going_VBG
through_IN
the_DT
motions_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
job_NN
are_BER
insightful_JJ
and_CC
often_RB
hilarious_JJ
._.
ben_NP
stiller_NP
is_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
very_RB
funny_JJ
individual_JJ
;_;
he_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
comedian_JJ
who_NP
makes_VBZ
normal_JJ
lines_NNS
sound_NN
funny_JJ
._.
"_"
i'll_???
shoot_NN
you_PP
,_,
"_"
he_PP
says_VBZ
to_IN
stark_JJ
at_IN
one_CD
point_NN
._.
"_"
i_PP
have_HV
a_DT
gun_NN
,_,
and_CC
everything_PN
._.
"_"
his_PP$
character_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
well-drawn_VBN
,_,
with_IN
an_DT
interesting_JJ
subplot_NN
involving_VBG
his_PP$
girlfriend_NN
(_(
angela_NP
featherstone_NP
)_)
who_WP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
happy_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
extensive_JJ
amounts_NNS
of_IN
time_NN
he_PP
must_MD
spend_VB
away_RB
from_IN
her_PP$
due_JJ
to_TO
the_DT
unpredictability_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
job_NN
._.
o'neal_NN
also_RB
gives_VBZ
his_PP$
character_NN
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
depth_NN
;_;
and_CC
kim_???
dickens_NP
,_,
last_OD
seen_VBN
(_(
and_CC
underused_JJ
)_)
in_IN
mercury_NP
rising_VBG
,_,
gets_VBZ
a_DT
chance_NN
to_IN
show_NN
us_NP
her_PP$
talent_NN
here_RB
,_,
giving_VBG
gloria_NP
the_DT
realism_NN
this_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
character_NN
really_RB
needs_VBZ
._.
i_PP
find_VB
zero_NN
effect_NN
to_IN
be_BE
an_DT
immensely_RB
funny_JJ
and_CC
witty_JJ
film_NN
._.
kasdan_NP
's_POS
humor_NN
is_BEZ
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
kind_NN
--_???
soft_JJ
spoken_JJ
,_,
and_CC
mostly_RB
dialogue-driven_JJ
(_(
though_CS
there_RB
are_BER
some_DT
great_JJ
visual_JJ
jokes_NNS
)_)
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
humor_NN
that_CS
's_BEZ
funny_JJ
even_RB
after_IN
you've_???
seen_VBN
it_PP
five_CD
or_CC
six_CD
times_NNS
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
one_CD
scene_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
zero_NN
talks_NNS
about_IN
how_WRB
detached_JJ
he_PP
is_BEZ
,_,
an_DT
how_WRB
that_DT
makes_VBZ
him_PP
such_DT
a_DT
great_JJ
detective_NN
._.
what_WDT
we_PP
see_VB
during_IN
this_DT
narration_NP
are_BER
various_JJ
shots_NNS
of_IN
him_PP
sitting_VBG
on_IN
a_DT
bed_NN
,_,
or_CC
standing_VBG
motionlessly_RB
,_,
with_IN
his_PP$
hair_NN
destroyed_VBN
and_CC
an_DT
utterly_RB
blank_JJ
look_NN
painted_VBN
on_IN
his_PP$
unshaven_NN
face_NN
,_,
his_PP$
eyes_NNS
pointing_VBG
to_IN
something_PN
off_IN
camera_NN
,_,
but_CC
obviously_RB
to_IN
nothing_PN
in_IN
particular_JJ
._.
i_PP
can't_MD
convey_VB
to_IN
you_PP
how_WRB
funny_JJ
this_DT
is_BEZ
,_,
but_CC
what_WDT
makes_VBZ
it_PP
great_JJ
film_NN
making_VBG
is_BEZ
that_DT
it_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
point_NN
--_???
scenes_NNS
like_IN
this_DT
are_BER
frequent_JJ
,_,
and_CC
they_PP
provide_VB
solid_JJ
characterization_NN
of_IN
zero_NN
._.
as_CS
a_DT
side_NN
note_NN
,_,
i_PP
don't_DO
consider_VB
myself_PPX
an_DT
average_JJ
viewer_NN
when_CS
it_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
comedy_NN
(_(
not_XNOT
to_TO
sound_VB
elitist_JJ
)_)
--_???
i_CD
find_NN
things_NNS
funny_JJ
that_CS
many_DT
do_DO
not_XNOT
,_,
and_CC
vice_NN
versa_RB
._.
there_EX
was_BEDZ
a_DT
clump_NN
of_IN
people_NN
near_IN
me_PP
in_IN
the_DT
theater_NN
laughing_VBG
uproariously_RB
through_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
theater_NN
was_BEDZ
relatively_RB
silent_JJ
through_IN
most_DT
of_IN
it_PP
._.
i_PP
have_HV
a_DT
feeling_NN
the_DT
humor_NN
here_RB
won't_MD
appeal_VB
to_IN
everyone_PN
,_,
but_CC
there_EX
's_BEZ
certainly_RB
enough_RB
story_NN
and_CC
character_NN
development_NN
to_IN
keep_VB
anyone_PN
's_POS
interest_NN
._.
jake_NP
kasdan_NP
,_,
son_NN
of_IN
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
lawrence_NP
kasdan_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
only_RB
22_CD
years_NNS
old_JJ
._.
i_PP
found_VBD
this_DT
out_RP
after_IN
seeing_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
can't_MD
remember_VB
ever_RB
being_NN
so_RB
impressed_VBN
with_IN
a_DT
film_NN
maker_NN
._.
his_PP$
direction_NN
is_BEZ
stylish_JJ
without_IN
being_BEG
pretentious_JJ
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
writing_NN
is_BEZ
mature_JJ
,_,
full_JJ
,_,
and_CC
developed_VBN
._.
zero_CD
effect_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
film_NN
that_CS
i'll_???
buy_NN
for_IN
my_PP$
collection_NN
--_???
smart_NP
,_,
original_JJ
films_NNS
like_IN
this_DT
are_BER
rare_JJ
as_IN
it_PP
is_BEZ
,_,
but_CC
this_DT
one_CD
actually_RB
has_HVZ
a_DT
heart_NN
and_CC
a_DT
soul_NN
._.
at_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
i_PP
was_BEDZ
involved_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
was_BEDZ
satisfied_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
outcome_NN
._.
and_CC
,_,
with_IN
kasdan_NP
's_POS
undeniable_JJ
talent_NN
at_IN
such_DT
a_DT
young_JJ
age_NN
,_,
all_PDT
i_PP
can_MD
do_DO
is_BEZ
hope_VB
to_TO
see_VB
a_DT
lot_NN
more_DT
from_IN
him_PP
in_IN
the_DT
future_NN
._.
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