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for_IN
many_DT
people_NN
,_,
procrastination_NN
isn't_BEZ
a_DT
problem_NN
to_IN
overcome_JJ
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
high_JJ
art_NN
._.
we'll_???
do_DO
just_JJ
about_IN
anything_PN
to_IN
put_NN
off_IN
a_DT
task_NN
._.
when_CS
the_DT
deadline_NN
for_IN
this_DT
column_NN
nears_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
only_RB
time_NN
during_IN
the_DT
week_NN
dishes_NNS
get_VB
washed_JJ
and_CC
the_DT
bed_NN
made_VBN
and_CC
laundry_NN
done_DON
and_CC
plants_NNS
watered_VBN
and_CC
._.
._.
._.
eventually_RB
,_,
hopefully_RB
,_,
sometimes_RB
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
breakthrough_NN
and_CC
we_PP
actually_RB
get_VB
down_RP
to_IN
work_NN
._.
amazingly_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
almost_RB
always_RB
easier_JJR
than_CS
we_PP
dreaded_JJ
and_CC
after_IN
finishing_JJ
,_,
that_CS
sense_NN
of_IN
oppressive_JJ
apprehension_NN
melts_VBZ
away_RB
._.
and_CC
then_RB
,_,
the_DT
next_OD
time_NN
,_,
we_PP
do_DO
it_PP
all_PDT
again_RB
._.
english_JJ
professor_NN
grady_RB
tripp_???
(_(
michael_NP
douglas_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
master_NN
._.
seven_CD
years_NNS
ago_RB
,_,
his_PP$
first_OD
book_NN
was_BEDZ
a_DT
hit_NN
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
been_BEN
working_JJ
on_IN
his_PP$
second_NN
--_???
a_NN
short_JJ
200-page_NN
piece_NN
--_???
since_RB
then_RB
._.
fearful_JJ
that_CS
he_PP
can't_MD
live_VB
up_RP
to_IN
the_DT
first_OD
,_,
he_PP
can't_MD
bring_VB
himself_PPX
to_IN
finish_NN
it_PP
._.
no_DT
writer_NN
's_POS
block_NN
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
nearing_VBG
000_CD
,_,
000_CD
pages_NNS
with_IN
no_DT
end_NN
in_IN
sight_NN
._.
now_RB
he_PP
's_BEZ
having_HVG
a_DT
particularly_RB
difficult_JJ
day_NN
._.
the_DT
college_NN
's_POS
annual_JJ
writers_NNS
conference_NN
is_BEZ
bringing_VBG
in_IN
accomplished_JJ
novelists_NNS
reminding_VBG
tripp_???
that_CS
other_JJ
people_NN
are_BER
finishing_JJ
_their__???
books_NNS
._.
during_IN
the_DT
first_OD
day_NN
,_,
his_PP$
wife_NN
has_HVZ
left_VBN
him_PP
,_,
his_PP$
married_JJ
girlfriend_NN
informs_VBZ
him_PP
she_PP
's_BEZ
pregnant_JJ
and_CC
his_PP$
agent_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
town_NN
with_IN
a_DT
six-foot_JJ
transvestite_NN
in_IN
tow_NN
._.
by_IN
the_DT
evening_NN
,_,
our_PP$
besieged_JJ
writer_NN
is_BEZ
driving_VBG
though_CS
the_DT
snow-covered_JJ
streets_NNS
of_IN
pittsburgh_NP
with_IN
a_DT
suicidal_JJ
student_NN
beside_IN
him_PP
,_,
a_DT
stolen_JJ
jacket_NN
that_CS
marilyn_NP
monroe_NP
wore_VBD
on_IN
her_PP$
wedding_NN
day_NN
in_IN
the_DT
back_NN
seat_NN
and_CC
a_DT
murdered_JJ
blind_JJ
dog_NN
stuffed_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
trunk_NN
._.
this_DT
could_MD
be_BE
a_DT
pivotal_JJ
point_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
mid-life_NN
crisis_NN
._.
and_CC
then_RB
there_EX
's_BEZ
the_DT
next_OD
morning_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
lot_NN
to_IN
like_IN
about_IN
this_DT
movie_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
no_DT
huge_JJ
explosions_NNS
,_,
shattering_JJ
glass_NN
or_CC
computer-generated_JJ
dinosaurs_NNS
to_IN
distract_VB
from_IN
the_DT
very_RB
real_JJ
human_JJ
issues_NNS
._.
grady_RB
is_BEZ
caught_VBN
up_RP
in_IN
the_DT
curse_NN
of_IN
people_NN
who_WP
accomplish_VB
great_JJ
things_NNS
early_JJ
in_IN
their_PP$
career_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
world_NN
of_IN
"_"
what_WDT
have_HV
you_PP
done_DON
for_CS
me_NN
lately_RB
?_?
"_"
,_,
he_PP
knows_VBZ
his_PP$
second_NN
book_NN
has_HVZ
to_TO
be_BE
better_JJR
than_CS
his_PP$
first_OD
._.
instead_RB
of_IN
finding_VBG
out_RP
,_,
he_PP
drifts_NNS
,_,
comfortable_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
insular_JJ
cocoon_NN
of_IN
academic_JJ
peter_NP
panhood_NN
._.
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
have_HV
much_DT
of_IN
a_DT
life_NN
and_CC
neither_RB
does_DOZ
his_PP$
star_NN
pupil_NN
james_NP
leer_???
(_(
tobey_NP
maguire_NN
)_)
._.
james_NP
may_MD
be_BE
suicidal_JJ
and_CC
psychotic_JJ
._.
certainly_RB
everything_PN
that_CS
comes_VBZ
out_RP
of_IN
his_PP$
mouth_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
lie_NN
._.
he_PP
makes_VBZ
up_RP
a_DT
past_NN
of_IN
working_VBG
clash_NN
anguish_NN
because_CS
the_DT
truth_NN
of_IN
wealth_NN
and_CC
comfort_NN
just_RB
isn't_BEZ
interesting_JJ
enough_RB
._.
as_CS
the_DT
weekend_NN
progresses_VBZ
,_,
they_PP
are_BER
both_RB
forced_VBN
to_IN
fully_RB
engage_VB
life_NN
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
the_DT
question_NN
they_PP
must_MD
face_VB
:_:
comfort_NN
or_CC
real_JJ
experiences_NNS
?_?
the_DT
film_NN
takes_VBZ
some_DT
interesting_JJ
chances_NNS
._.
non-traditional_JJ
relationships_NNS
are_BER
presented_VBN
as_IN
matter-of-fact_JJ
._.
extra-marital_NN
,_,
gay_JJ
,_,
interracial_JJ
,_,
professor-student_NN
:_:
here_RB
they_PP
aren't_BER
judged_VBN
,_,
merely_RB
choices_NNS
._.
the_DT
actors_NNS
are_BER
all_PDT
first-rate_JJ
._.
douglas_NP
triumphs_VBZ
,_,
playing_VBG
against_IN
type_NN
as_IN
he_PP
spends_VBZ
most_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
time_NN
disheveled_VBD
,_,
unshaven_JJ
and_CC
clad_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
pink_JJ
women_NNS
's_POS
house_NN
robe_NN
._.
maguire_NP
's_POS
disengaged_VBD
alienation_NP
works_NN
perfectly_RB
here_RB
._.
robert_NP
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
as_CS
grady_RB
's_POS
agent_NN
livens_NNS
up_RP
his_PP$
scenes_NNS
._.
director_NN
curtis_NP
hanson_NP
(_(
"_"
l_NN
._.
a_DT
._.
confidential_JJ
"_"
)_)
makes_VBZ
a_DT
few_DT
missteps_NNS
._.
the_DT
women_NNS
are_BER
underused_VBN
._.
frances_NP
mcdormand_NP
does_DOZ
a_DT
good_JJ
job_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
limited_JJ
role_NN
of_IN
sara_???
,_,
grady_NN
's_POS
married_JJ
lover_NN
but_CC
we_PP
never_RB
understand_VB
much_DT
of_IN
who_WP
she_PP
is_BEZ
._.
the_DT
chemistry_NN
between_IN
the_DT
two_CD
of_IN
them_PP
is_BEZ
non-existent_JJ
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
ending_NN
unconvincing_JJ
._.
katie_NP
holmes_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
student_NN
with_IN
a_DT
major_JJ
crush_NN
on_IN
the_DT
professor_NN
,_,
but_CC
her_PP$
character_NN
goes_VBZ
nowhere_RB
._.
we_PP
never_RB
even_RB
see_VB
grady_RB
's_POS
exiting_NN
wife_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
very_RB
much_DT
a_DT
guy_NN
's_POS
film_NN
._.
the_DT
varied_JJ
relationships_NNS
between_IN
the_DT
men_NNS
are_BER
much_RB
more_RBR
convincing_JJ
than_CS
any_DT
of_IN
the_DT
others_NNS
._.
grady_RB
's_POS
alternating_JJ
mentoring_NN
and_CC
rejection_NN
of_IN
james_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
centerpoint_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
him_PP
and_VB
sara_???
._.
as_CS
the_DT
boomers_NNS
age_NN
,_,
expect_VB
to_IN
see_NN
more_DT
mid-life_NN
crisis_NN
films_NNS
to_IN
catch_NN
the_DT
attention_NN
of_IN
that_DT
demographic_JJ
._.
eventually_RB
it'll_???
probably_RB
become_VBN
cliche_NN
,_,
but_CC
right_RB
now_RB
we've_???
got_VBD
a_DT
winner_NN
._.
i'll_???
finish_NN
this_DT
in_IN
a_DT
second_NN
._.
right_JJ
now_RB
i_PP
have_HV
to_TO
grab_VB
some_DT
paint_NN
._.
i_PP
noticed_VBD
some_DT
trim_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
room_NN
that_CS
needs_VBZ
a_DT
little_JJ
touch-up_???
._.
(_)
michael_NP
redman_NP
has_HVZ
written_VBN
this_DT
column_NN
for_IN
so_RB
long_JJ
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
made_VBN
mid-life_NN
crisis_NN
a_DT
career_NN
choice_NN
._.
)_)
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