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the_DT
premise_NN
of_IN
wag_???
the_DT
dog_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
simple_JJ
that_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
adequately_RB
explained_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
commercials_NNS
._.
with_IN
11_CD
days_NNS
to_IN
go_NN
until_CS
the_DT
election_NN
,_,
the_DT
president_NN
(_(
who_NP
we_PP
never_RB
see_VB
)_)
calls_NNS
in_IN
political_JJ
dirty-tricks_NNS
artist_NN
robert_NP
deniro_NP
to_IN
distract_VB
attention_NN
from_IN
a_DT
burgeoning_JJ
sex_NN
scandal_NN
._.
deniro_NP
enlists_NNS
hollywood_NP
producer_NN
dustin_NP
hoffman_NP
to_IN
produce_NN
a_DT
"_"
pageant_NN
"_"
,_,
a_DT
phony_NN
war_NN
against_IN
albania_NP
,_,
fought_VBD
on_IN
the_DT
blue_JJ
screens_NNS
of_IN
hollywood_NP
and_CC
the_DT
recording_NN
studios_NNS
of_IN
nashville_NP
,_,
with_IN
woody_NP
harrelson_NP
as_IN
the_DT
reluctant_JJ
,_,
psychotic_JJ
hero_NN
._.
and_CC
if_CS
there_EX
wasn't_BEDZ
anything_PN
more_DT
to_TO
the_DT
movie_NN
than_CS
this_DT
,_,
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
a_DT
second-rate_JJ
heist_NN
comedy_NN
at_IN
best_JJS
,_,
enlivened_VBD
by_IN
great_JJ
actors_NNS
--_???
like_CS
sneakers_FW
goes_VBZ
to_TO
washington_NP
._.
(_)
a_DT
heist_NN
comedy_NN
?_?
yup_UH
._.
deniro_NP
and_CC
hoffman_NP
are_BER
"_"
stealing_VBG
"_"
the_DT
election_NN
,_,
so_RB
to_IN
speak_VB
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
about_IN
how_WRB
they_PP
do_DO
it_PP
--_???
and_CC
the_DT
fun_NN
they_PP
have_HV
doing_DOG
it_NN
--_???
than_CS
anything_PN
else_RB
._.
)_)
wag_???
the_DT
dog_NN
succeeds_VBZ
because_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
based_VBN
one_CD
great_JJ
truth_NN
:_:
the_DT
american_JJ
people_NN
are_BER
stupid_JJ
._.
ok_RB
,_,
maybe_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
"_"
love_VB
thy_PP$
neighbor_NP
as_IN
thyself_PPX
"_"
or_CC
even_RB
"_"
two_CD
plus_IN
two_CD
makes_VBZ
four_CD
"_"
,_,
but_CC
a_DT
truth_NN
nonetheless_RB
._.
(_)
any_DT
average_JJ
person_NN
who_WP
thinks_VBZ
that_DT
they're_???
really_RB
smart_JJ
about_IN
the_DT
two_CD
things_NNS
this_DT
movie_NN
satirizes_NNS
--_???
moviemaking_CS
and_CC
the_DT
political_JJ
process_NN
--_???
is_BEZ
invited_JJ
,_,
nay_UH
,_,
challenged_VBN
,_,
to_IN
spend_NN
a_DT
week_NN
either_RB
watching_VBG
a_DT
movie_NN
actually_RB
being_BEG
made_VBN
or_CC
48_CD
hours_NNS
straight_RB
watching_VBG
c-span_NN
when_CS
the_DT
house_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
session_NN
._.
)_)
and_CC
because_CS
we're_???
so_CS
utterly_RB
,_,
predictably_RB
stupid_JJ
,_,
hollywood_NP
knows_VBZ
that_CS
a_DT
certain_JJ
percentage_NN
of_IN
us_NP
will_MD
go_VB
see_VB
hard_JJ
rain_NN
or_CC
magoo_???
,_,
washington_NP
knows_VBZ
that_CS
we_PP
won't_MD
notice_VB
a_DT
few_DT
million_NN
dollars_NNS
spent_VBN
here_RB
and_CC
there_RB
on_IN
porno_???
art_NN
grants_NNS
and_CC
cigar_NN
subsidies_NNS
--_???
and_CC
deniro_NP
's_POS
character_NN
knows_VBZ
that_CS
american_JJ
geography_NN
skills_NNS
are_BER
so_RB
weak_JJ
that_CS
we_PP
won't_MD
be_BE
able_JJ
to_TO
locate_VB
albania_NP
on_IN
the_DT
map_NN
._.
the_DT
beauty_NN
of_IN
wag_???
the_DT
dog_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
a_DT
light_NN
,_,
meaningless_JJ
comedy_NN
about_IN
politics_NN
(_(
like_IN
speechless_JJ
,_,
the_DT
michael_NP
keaton_NP
-_-
geena_NP
davis_NP
picture_NN
)_)
or_CC
from_IN
the_DT
level_NN
of_IN
light-hearted_JJ
politcal_JJ
satire_NN
to_IN
near-greatness_NN
._.
nor_CC
is_BEZ
it_PP
a_DT
hard-edged_JJ
cynical_JJ
look_NN
at_IN
the_DT
manner_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
a_DT
morally-deprived_JJ
,_,
ethically_RB
challenged_VBN
baby-boomer_NN
connives_VBZ
his_PP$
sleazy_NP
way_NN
into_IN
the_DT
white_JJ
house_NN
(_(
like_IN
primary_JJ
colors_NNS
--_???
and_CC
yes_UH
,_,
i_PP
am_BEM
a_DT
little_JJ
disappointed_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
the_DT
last_OD
two_CD
elections_NNS
turned_VBD
out_RP
,_,
thanks_NNS
for_IN
asking_VBG
)_)
._.
instead_RB
,_,
david_NP
mamet_NN
's_POS
script_NN
strikes_NNS
that_CS
delicate_JJ
balance_NN
between_IN
comedy_NN
and_CC
cynicism_NN
needed_VBD
for_IN
satire_NN
._.
it_PP
does_DOZ
this_DT
by_IN
keeping_VBG
us_PP
in_IN
a_DT
fantasy_NN
world_NN
where_CS
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
schemers_NNS
'_"
schemes_NNS
come_VB
off_RP
beautifully_RB
,_,
and_CC
fail_VB
only_RB
in_IN
entertaining_JJ
and_CC
humorous_JJ
fashion_NN
._.
deniro_NP
is_BEZ
playing_VBG
a_DT
variation_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
al_NP
capone_NN
character_NN
from_IN
the_DT
untouchables_NNS
,_,
without_IN
any_DT
of_IN
the_DT
violent_JJ
rages_NNS
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
all_PDT
:_:
"_"
what_WDT
do_DO
i_PP
love_VB
?_?
what_WDT
is_BEZ
it_PP
that_CS
brings_VBZ
me_PP
joy_NN
?_?
baseball_NN
,_,
"_"
minus_NN
the_DT
savage_JJ
bloody_JJ
beating_NN
with_IN
the_DT
bat_NN
._.
he_PP
threatens_VBZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
people_NN
,_,
mind_NN
you_PP
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
doing_DOG
it_NN
in_IN
a_DT
very_RB
nice_JJ
,_,
polite_JJ
way_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
very_RB
mellow_JJ
,_,
restrained_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
which_WDT
fits_VBZ
in_IN
with_IN
the_DT
air_NN
of_IN
gamesmanship_NN
in_IN
the_DT
script_NN
._.
hoffman_NP
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
giddy_JJ
,_,
exuberant_JJ
and_CC
joyous_JJ
._.
this_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
thing_NN
is_BEZ
what_WDT
his_PP$
character_NN
lives_NNS
for_IN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
so_RB
excited_JJ
that_CS
he_PP
can't_MD
even_RB
shut_VB
up_RP
._.
even_RB
on_IN
the_DT
edge_NN
of_IN
disaster_NN
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
bright-eyed_VBN
(_(
behind_IN
oddly_RB
tinted_VBN
sunglasses_NNS
)_)
and_CC
positive_JJ
._.
insiders_NNS
note_VB
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
basing_VBG
his_PP$
character_NN
on_IN
some_DT
powerful-but-anonymous_JJ
producer_NN
--_???
which_WDT
may_MD
or_CC
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
true_JJ
,_,
but_CC
hoffman_NP
still_RB
exudes_VBZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
lets-put-on-a-show_RB
electricity_NN
that_CS
you_PP
figure_NN
a_DT
producer_NN
needs_NNS
to_IN
have_HV
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
part_NN
and_CC
the_DT
most_DT
frustrating_JJ
part_NN
of_IN
wag_???
the_DT
dog_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
supporting_JJ
cast_NN
._.
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
so_RB
well_RB
drawn_VBN
and_CC
so_RB
well_RB
acted_VBN
that_CS
we_PP
want_VB
to_TO
see_VB
more_DT
of_IN
them_PP
,_,
listen_VB
to_IN
them_PP
talk_VB
in_IN
that_DT
wised-up_???
mamet_NN
dialogue_NN
,_,
get_VB
to_IN
know_VB
them_PP
better_JJR
--_???
which_WDT
we_PP
don't_DO
._.
anne_NP
heche_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
dead-bang-on_???
in_CD
her_PP$
portrayal_NN
of_IN
a_DT
political_JJ
press_NN
aide_NN
--_???
cool_NN
and_CC
composed_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
outside_JJ
,_,
panicked_VBD
and_CC
frenzied_VBD
on_IN
the_DT
outside_JJ
._.
denis_NP
leary_NN
(_(
one_CD
of_IN
my_PP$
favorite_JJ
actors_NNS
--_???
see_NN
the_DT
ref_NN
)_)
is_BEZ
the_DT
"_"
fad_???
king_NN
"_"
,_,
who_WP
handles_VBZ
the_DT
profitable_JJ
"_"
back-end_NN
"_"
--_???
t-shirt_NN
tie_NN
ins_NNS
and_CC
shoe_NN
contracts_NNS
and_CC
other_JJ
creative_JJ
,_,
innovative_JJ
ways_NNS
to_IN
separate_JJ
a_DT
fool_NN
from_IN
his_PP$
money_NN
._.
they_PP
could_MD
make_VB
a_DT
whole_JJ
movie_NN
,_,
just_RB
about_IN
the_DT
fad_???
king_NN
,_,
and_CC
i'd_???
go_NN
see_NN
it_PP
._.
willie_NP
nelson_NP
and_CC
merle_NP
haggard_NP
handle_NN
the_DT
musical_JJ
end_NN
of_IN
things_NNS
fabulously_RB
,_,
from_IN
the_DT
upbeat_JJ
gospel_NN
chorus_NN
theme_NN
song_NN
,_,
to_IN
the_DT
weepy_JJ
country_NN
waltz_NN
,_,
to_IN
the_DT
hilarious_JJ
"_"
ballad_NN
of_IN
the_DT
green_JJ
berets_NNS
"_"
parody_NN
._.
woody_NP
harrelson_NP
has_HVZ
a_DT
brief_JJ
,_,
but_CC
memorable_JJ
part_NN
as_IN
the_DT
overmedicated_VBN
"_"
hero_NN
"_"
of_IN
the_DT
albanian_JJ
conflict_NN
._.
craig_NP
t_NN
._.
nelson_NP
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
opposition_NN
candidate_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
ever-reliable_JJ
william_NP
h_NN
._.
macy_???
,_,
as_CS
a_DT
wacky_JJ
cia_NP
agent_NN
,_,
are_BER
given_VBN
surprisingly_RB
short_JJ
shrift_NN
._.
(_)
one_CD
of_IN
my_PP$
small_JJ
gripes_NNS
is_BEZ
that_CS
we_PP
never_RB
see_VB
what_WDT
the_DT
spin_NN
doctors_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
side_NN
are_BER
doing_DOG
._.
)_)
wag_???
the_DT
dog_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
funny_JJ
movie_NN
about_IN
serious_JJ
problems_NNS
:_:
the_DT
trivialization_NN
of_IN
american_JJ
politics_NN
,_,
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
the_DT
press_NN
in_IN
dumbing_VBG
down_RP
the_DT
issues_NNS
,_,
the_DT
impact_NN
of_IN
hollywood_NP
in_IN
creating_VBG
campaign_NN
commercials_NNS
,_,
the_DT
reduction_NN
of_IN
all_PDT
things_NNS
political_JJ
to_IN
soundbites_NNS
and_CC
sidebars_NNS
--_???
the_DT
list_NN
goes_VBZ
on_IN
._.
we_PP
can_MD
solve_VB
most_DT
of_IN
these_DT
problems_NNS
by_IN
taking_VBG
a_DT
greater_JJR
role_NN
in_IN
our_PP$
national_JJ
life_NN
and_CC
educating_VBG
ourselves_PPX
as_IN
voters_NNS
and_CC
citizens_NNS
._.
wag_???
the_DT
dog_NN
reminds_VBZ
us_PP
of_IN
what_WDT
can_MD
happen_VB
if_CS
we_PP
don't_DO
._.