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as_CS
any_DT
sociologist_NN
will_MD
attest_VB
,_,
your_PP$
childhood_NN
and_CC
the_DT
types_NNS
of_IN
parents_NNS
that_CS
you_PP
have_HV
will_MD
heavily_RB
influence_VB
your_PP$
happiness_NN
as_IN
an_DT
adult_NN
._.
parents_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
supportive_JJ
and_CC
environments_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
nurturing_NN
will_MD
yield_VB
children_NNS
who_WP
will_MD
embrace_VB
the_DT
values_NNS
and_CC
norms_NNS
that_CS
can_MD
allow_VB
them_PP
to_IN
live_JJ
healthy_JJ
and_CC
productive_JJ
lives_NNS
._.
but_CC
if_CS
your_PP$
upbringing_NN
is_BEZ
marred_VBN
with_IN
violence_NN
,_,
hate_VB
and_CC
dysfunctionality_NN
,_,
then_RB
your_PP$
journey_NN
towards_IN
a_DT
happy_JJ
adulthood_NN
will_MD
be_BE
saddled_VBD
with_IN
psychological_JJ
obstacles_NNS
almost_RB
too_RB
great_JJ
to_IN
overcome_JJ
._.
`_"
affliction_NP
'_"
explores_VBZ
how_WRB
a_DT
man_NN
never_RB
truly_RB
escapes_VBZ
the_DT
grip_NN
of_IN
an_DT
unforgivingly_RB
nightmarish_JJ
childhood_NN
._.
the_DT
man_NN
in_IN
question_NN
is_BEZ
wade_NP
whitehouse_NP
(_(
nick_NP
nolte_???
)_(
._.
here_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
like_IN
any_DT
other_JJ
citizen_NN
on_IN
the_DT
surface_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
productive_JJ
member_NN
of_IN
the_DT
community_NN
and_CC
goes_VBZ
about_IN
his_PP$
daily_JJ
routine_NN
much_DT
like_IN
you_PP
and_CC
me_PP
._.
but_CC
as_CS
you_PP
scratch_NN
beneath_IN
the_DT
surface_NN
,_,
something_PN
scary_JJ
and_CC
evil_JJ
begins_VBZ
to_TO
rear_VB
its_PP$
ugly_JJ
head_NN
._.
we_PP
see_VB
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
mean-tempered_JJ
person_NN
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
hard_JJ
time_NN
taking_VBG
control_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
emotions_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
usually_RB
gets_VBZ
the_DT
better_JJR
of_IN
him_PP
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
quick_JJ
to_TO
apologize_VB
for_IN
his_PP$
actions_NNS
and_CC
wants_VBZ
to_TO
be_BE
a_DT
gentle_JJ
person_NN
,_,
but_CC
something_PN
is_BEZ
sparking_VBG
a_DT
tendency_NN
towards_IN
violence_NN
._.
he_PP
also_RB
has_HVZ
tremendous_JJ
problems_NNS
with_IN
relationships_NNS
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
divorced_VBN
and_CC
his_PP$
only_RB
connection_NN
to_IN
love_NN
is_BEZ
his_PP$
daughter_NN
._.
but_CC
his_PP$
bearish_JJ
persona_NP
and_CC
stature_NN
alienates_NNS
her_PP
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
visibly_RB
shaken_VBN
by_IN
her_PP$
rejection_NN
even_RB
though_CS
she_PP
says_VBZ
that_CS
she_PP
loves_VBZ
him_PP
._.
his_PP$
demeanor_NN
also_RB
puts_VBZ
his_PP$
relationship_NN
with_IN
a_DT
local_JJ
townsgirl_NN
(_(
sissy_NN
spacek_NP
)_)
at_IN
risk_NN
._.
she_PP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
remain_VB
true_RB
to_IN
him_PP
and_CC
supportive_JJ
,_,
but_CC
for_IN
women_NNS
unlucky_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
attach_VB
themselves_PPX
to_IN
this_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
person_NN
,_,
relationships_NNS
will_MD
ultimately_RB
end_VB
like_IN
sentences_NNS
ending_VBG
with_IN
an_DT
exclamation_NP
point_NN
._.
finally_RB
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
spiteful_JJ
and_CC
vindictive_JJ
._.
as_CS
a_DT
rejected_VBD
father_NN
,_,
he_PP
initiates_VBZ
a_DT
custody_NN
battle_NN
that_CS
seems_VBZ
hopeless_JJ
._.
as_CS
the_DT
town_NN
's_POS
only_JJ
police_NNS
officer_NN
,_,
he_PP
issues_NNS
a_DT
speeding_VBG
ticket_NN
to_IN
a_DT
man_NN
whose_WP$
father_NN
has_HVZ
just_RB
died_VBN
._.
we_PP
can_MD
see_VB
that_DT
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
man_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
both_RB
afflicted_VBN
and_CC
living_JJ
with_IN
pain_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
prisoner_NN
and_CC
a_DT
slave_NN
to_IN
it_PP
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
moving_VBG
towards_IN
a_DT
level_NN
of_IN
madness_NN
and_CC
insanity_NN
that_CS
defies_VBZ
comprehension_NN
._.
what_WDT
kind_NN
of_IN
force_NN
can_MD
move_VB
a_DT
man_NN
to_IN
the_DT
edge_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
emotions_NNS
and_CC
beyond_IN
the_DT
reach_NN
of_IN
people_NN
who_WP
genuinely_RB
care_VB
for_IN
him_PP
?_?
we_PP
learn_VB
that_CS
the_DT
answer_NN
is_BEZ
his_PP$
father_NN
(_(
james_NP
coburn_NN
)_)
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
father_NN
that_CS
every_DT
son_NN
would_MD
be_BE
ashamed_JJ
to_TO
have_HV
and_CC
that_DT
any_DT
woman_NN
would_MD
be_BE
afraid_JJ
to_TO
meet_VB
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
an_DT
overbearingly_RB
misogynistic_JJ
and_CC
frequent_JJ
drunk_JJ
who_NP
rules_NNS
with_IN
an_DT
iron_NN
fist_NN
._.
we_PP
see_VB
his_PP$
tyrannical_JJ
behavior_JJ
through_IN
flashbacks_NNS
._.
to_IN
heighten_VB
the_DT
father_NN
's_POS
churlishness_NN
,_,
the_DT
flashbacks_NNS
are_BER
shown_VBN
as_IN
home_NN
video_NN
footage_NN
taken_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
very_RB
frightened_JJ
person_NN
._.
very_RB
effective_JJ
._.
today_RB
,_,
wade_NP
's_POS
dad_NN
is_BEZ
quite_RB
elderly_JJ
,_,
but_CC
still_RB
manages_VBZ
to_IN
instill_NP
fear_NN
into_IN
a_DT
grown_VBN
man_NN
._.
the_DT
influence_NN
that_CS
the_DT
father_NN
possesses_VBZ
is_BEZ
inescapable_JJ
,_,
and_CC
its_PP$
unsavory_NN
effect_NN
clamps_NNS
down_IN
hard_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
tortured_VBN
wade_NP
._.
the_DT
result_NN
is_BEZ
every_DT
son_NN
's_POS
nightmare_NN
?_?
becoming_VBG
like_CS
the_DT
father_NN
that_CS
one_CD
has_HVZ
always_RB
dreaded_JJ
to_IN
be_BE
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
terrifically_RB
presented_VBN
piece_NN
of_IN
psychological_JJ
drama_NN
,_,
and_CC
nolte_???
turns_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
strong_JJ
performance_NN
as_IN
a_DT
man_NN
whose_WP$
pain_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
become_VBN
a_DT
detriment_NN
as_IN
well_RB
as_CS
a_DT
necessity_NN
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
hulking_JJ
person_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
still_RB
reduced_VBN
to_IN
whimpers_NNS
when_CS
in_IN
the_DT
presence_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
father_NN
._.
coburn_NN
displays_NNS
heft_???
as_CS
the_DT
bitter_JJ
dad_NN
._.
but_CC
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
most_DT
certainly_RB
not_XNOT
saturday-night-friendly_RB
fare_VB
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
nothing_PN
light_JJ
or_CC
fluffy_JJ
about_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
that_CS
may_MD
turn_VB
many_DT
moviegoers_NNS
away_RB
._.
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
certainly_RB
worth_IN
noting_VBG
that_DT
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
well-acted_VBN
drama_NN
showcasing_VBG
nolte_???
's_BEZ
and_CC
coburn_NN
's_POS
raw_JJ
acting_NN
talents_NNS
._.