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after_IN
a_DT
stylistic_JJ
detour_NN
with_IN
mrs_NN
._.
parker_NP
and_CC
the_DT
vicious_JJ
circle_NN
(_(
which_WDT
,_,
despite_IN
its_PP$
uncomfortable_JJ
tone_NN
,_,
was_BEDZ
close_JJ
to_TO
being_BEG
a_DT
conventional_JJ
movie_NN
)_)
,_,
director_NN
alan_NP
rudolph_NP
has_HVZ
returned_VBN
to_IN
his_PP$
unique_JJ
brand_NN
of_IN
film_NN
making_VBG
with_IN
afterglow_JJ
,_,
a_DT
romantic_JJ
black_JJ
comedy_NN
about_IN
love_NN
,_,
betrayal_NN
,_,
and_CC
self-absorption_NP
._.
while_CS
these_DT
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
the_DT
most_DT
unusual_JJ
themes_NNS
to_IN
fashion_NN
into_IN
a_DT
motion_NN
picture_NN
,_,
rudolph_NP
's_POS
atypical_JJ
approach_NN
to_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
and_CC
their_PP$
situations_NNS
makes_VBZ
for_IN
an_DT
intriguing_JJ
,_,
if_CS
not_XNOT
always_RB
pleasant_JJ
,_,
movie_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
said_VBN
that_CS
rudolph_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
polarizing_NN
director_NN
?_?
meaning_NN
that_DT
most_DT
viewers_NNS
either_RB
love_VB
his_PP$
work_NN
or_CC
hate_VB
it_PP
._.
until_CS
mrs_NN
._.
parker_NP
,_,
i_PP
had_HVD
not_XNOT
been_BEN
overly_RB
impressed_VBN
by_IN
his_PP$
movies_NNS
._.
i_PP
found_VBD
equinox_NP
,_,
his_PP$
last_OD
pre-_JJ
mrs_NN
._.
parker_NP
effort_NN
,_,
to_IN
be_BE
irritating_JJ
and_CC
frustrating_JJ
._.
i_PP
was_BEDZ
somewhat_RB
surprised_JJ
,_,
therefore_RB
,_,
to_IN
discover_VB
that_RB
i_PP
liked_VBD
afterglow_JJ
._.
there_EX
are_BER
several_DT
reasons_NNS
for_IN
this_DT
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
paramount_JJ
one_CD
is_BEZ
that_CS
rudolph_NP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
muted_VBN
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
strident_JJ
,_,
mannered_JJ
aspects_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
approach_NN
._.
the_DT
characters_NNS
here_RB
are_BER
more_DT
like_IN
real_JJ
people_NN
with_IN
genuine_JJ
problems_NNS
,_,
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
absorbing_VBG
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
acting_JJ
is_BEZ
top-notch_NN
._.
in_IN
short_JJ
,_,
rudolph_NP
has_HVZ
created_VBN
a_DT
world_NN
that_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
worth_IN
spending_NN
two_CD
hours_NNS
in_IN
._.
afterglow_JJ
introduces_VBZ
us_PP
to_TO
two_CD
unhappily_RB
married_JJ
couples_NNS
._.
jeffrey_NP
byron_NP
(_(
jonny_NP
lee_NP
miller_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
cold_JJ
,_,
seemingly-heartless_NN
businessman_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
sexually_RB
indifferent_JJ
to_IN
his_PP$
young_JJ
wife_NN
,_,
marianne_NP
(_(
lara_NP
flynn_NP
boyle_NP
)_)
._.
for_IN
her_PP$
part_NN
,_,
marianne_NP
is_BEZ
so_RB
obsessed_JJ
with_IN
having_HVG
a_DT
baby_NN
that_CS
she_PP
never_RB
attempts_NNS
to_IN
interact_VB
with_IN
her_PP$
husband_NN
on_IN
a_DT
human_JJ
level_NN
._.
all_PDT
she_PP
's_BEZ
interested_JJ
in_IN
is_BEZ
seducing_NN
him_PP
during_IN
those_DT
few_DT
days_NNS
when_CS
she_PP
's_BEZ
ovulating_VBG
._.
after_IN
he_PP
refuses_VBZ
to_IN
make_NN
love_NN
,_,
she_PP
decides_VBZ
to_IN
find_NN
someone_PN
else_RB
to_IN
play_NN
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
sperm_NN
donor_NN
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
couple_NN
,_,
lucky_JJ
(_)
nick_NP
nolte_???
)_(
and_CC
phyllis_NP
mann_NP
(_(
julie_NP
christie_NP
)_)
,_,
are_BER
an_DT
older_JJR
pair_NN
,_,
but_CC
they're_???
no_DT
more_DT
content_NN
than_CS
jeffrey_NP
and_CC
marianne_NP
._.
a_DT
mysterious_JJ
fracture_NN
in_IN
their_PP$
past_NN
relationship_NN
has_HVZ
driven_VBN
them_PP
apart_RB
._.
they_PP
remain_VB
married_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
matter_NN
of_IN
convenience_NN
,_,
but_CC
,_,
since_CS
phyllis_NP
won't_MD
allow_VB
lucky_JJ
to_IN
touch_NN
her_PP
,_,
they_PP
have_HV
an_DT
unspoken_JJ
agreement_NN
whereby_WRB
he_PP
can_MD
fool_VB
around_IN
as_CS
much_DT
as_IN
he_PP
wants_VBZ
provided_CS
that_DT
no_DT
lasting_JJ
bond_NN
is_BEZ
established_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
result_NN
of_IN
these_DT
affairs_NNS
._.
the_DT
landscape_NN
of_IN
emotional_JJ
pain_NN
between_IN
them_PP
is_BEZ
palpable_JJ
._.
the_DT
four_CD
characters_NNS
begin_VB
interacting_JJ
when_CS
marianne_NP
hires_NNS
lucky_JJ
as_IN
a_DT
handyman_NN
to_IN
fix_NN
up_RP
the_DT
inside_NN
of_IN
the_DT
apartment_NN
she_PP
shares_NNS
with_IN
jeffrey_NP
._.
the_DT
two_CD
of_IN
them_PP
are_BER
immediately_RB
attracted_VBN
to_IN
one_CD
another_DT
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
take_VB
long_JJ
before_IN
they're_???
lounging_NN
together_RB
,_,
naked_JJ
,_,
in_IN
her_PP$
pool_NN
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
jeffrey_NP
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
captivated_VBN
by_IN
older_JJR
women_NNS
,_,
runs_NNS
into_IN
phyllis_NP
in_IN
a_DT
hotel_NN
bar_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
smitten_VBN
,_,
and_CC
invites_VBZ
her_PP$
to_TO
accompany_VB
him_PP
on_IN
a_DT
weekend_NN
retreat_NN
to_IN
the_DT
mountains_NNS
._.
the_DT
romantic_JJ
couplings_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
interesting_JJ
in_IN
that_DT
they_PP
illustrate_VB
the_DT
multiple_JJ
faces_NNS
of_IN
love_NN
._.
sex_NN
means_NN
something_PN
different_JJ
to_IN
everyone_PN
?_?
to_TO
jeffrey_NP
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
an_DT
unpleasant_JJ
chore_IN
,_,
a_DT
loss_NN
of_IN
control_NN
;_;
to_IN
marianne_NP
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
means_NN
to_IN
a_DT
maternal_JJ
end_NN
;_;
to_IN
lucky_JJ
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
an_DT
enjoyable_JJ
distraction_NN
that_CS
blocks_NNS
out_RP
his_PP$
marital_JJ
troubles_NNS
;_;
and_CC
to_IN
phyllis_NP
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
method_NN
of_IN
establishing_VBG
or_CC
denying_VBG
emotional_JJ
closeness_NN
._.
ultimately_RB
,_,
none_PN
of_IN
these_DT
characters_NNS
appears_VBZ
to_TO
love_VB
anyone_PN
else_RB
as_CS
much_DT
as_IN
they_PP
love_NN
themselves_PPX
._.
the_DT
greatest_JJS
strength_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
lies_VBZ
not_XNOT
in_IN
the_DT
script_NN
,_,
but_CC
in_IN
the_DT
performances_NNS
._.
jonny_NP
lee_NP
miller_NP
is_BEZ
perfect_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
selfish_JJ
,_,
callous_JJ
,_,
suit-and-tie_NP
businessman_NN
._.
those_DT
who_WP
recall_VB
him_PP
as_IN
sickboy_NN
in_IN
trainspotting_VBG
will_MD
find_VB
that_DT
he_PP
is_BEZ
almost_RB
unrecognizable_JJ
here_RB
as_CS
the_DT
image_NN
of_IN
conformity_NN
._.
lara_NP
flynn_NP
boyle_NP
,_,
who_WP
wasn't_BEDZ
impressive_JJ
in_IN
rudolph_NP
's_POS
equinox_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
greatly_RB
improved_JJ
,_,
making_VBG
marianne_NP
a_DT
jumble_NN
of_IN
sexiness_NN
and_CC
vulnerability_NN
._.
nick_NP
nolte_???
is_BEZ
delightful_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
uninhibited_JJ
lucky_JJ
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
manages_VBZ
to_IN
deliver_VB
some_DT
of_IN
rudolph_NP
's_POS
most_RBS
pregnant_JJ
lines_NNS
with_IN
practiced_JJ
ease_NN
._.
the_DT
clear_JJ
standout_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
julie_NP
christie_NP
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
short_JJ
of_IN
delicious_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
world-weary_JJ
phyllis_NP
._.
her_PP
often_RB
wry_JJ
,_,
occasionally_RB
cutting_VBG
asides_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
source_NN
of_IN
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
humor_NN
,_,
and_CC
there_EX
's_BEZ
hardly_RB
ever_RB
a_DT
moment_NN
when_CS
she_PP
doesn't_DOZ
steal_VB
the_DT
spotlight_NN
from_IN
her_PP$
co-stars_NNS
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
know_VB
if_CS
afterglow_JJ
is_BEZ
the_DT
film_NN
to_IN
convert_NN
rudolph-_???
detractors_NP
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
seems_VBZ
that_CS
this_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
little_JJ
more_DT
accessible_JJ
than_CS
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
director_NN
's_POS
earlier_JJR
productions_NNS
._.
enough_RB
of_IN
his_PP$
trademark_NN
style_NN
remains_VBZ
,_,
however_RB
,_,
to_IN
reassure_VB
his_PP$
supporters_NNS
._.
afterglow_JJ
is_BEZ
basically_RB
a_DT
four-pronged_JJ
character_NN
study_NN
._.
the_DT
plot_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
especially_RB
compelling_JJ
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
character_NN
interaction_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
the_DT
real_JJ
reason_NN
to_IN
see_VB
this_RB
motion_NN
picture_NN
._.
rudolph_NP
has_HVZ
painted_VBN
an_DT
able_JJ
picture_NN
of_IN
the_DT
non-romantic_JJ
side_NN
of_IN
love_NN
--_???
the_DT
one_CD
that_CS
has_HVZ
more_DT
to_TO
do_DO
with_IN
tolerance_NN
and_CC
familiarity_NN
than_CS
with_IN
affection_NN
and_CC
attraction_NN
._.