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the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
us_NP
,_,
a_DT
rob_NP
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film_NN
,_,
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the_DT
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that_CS
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the_DT
viewer_NN
in_IN
a_DT
way_NN
they_PP
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by_IN
a_DT
film_NN
,_,
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in_IN
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a_DT
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films_NNS
._.
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,_,
1999_CD
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two_CD
of_IN
them_PP
,_,
the_DT
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being_NN
the_DT
instant_NN
classic_JJ
about_IN
a_DT
very_RB
dysfunctional_JJ
family_NN
,_,
american_JJ
beauty_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
us_NP
,_,
a_DT
film_NN
about_IN
the_DT
highs_NNS
and_CC
lows_???
of_IN
marriage_NN
and_CC
family_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
well_RB
written_VBN
,_,
heartbreaking_VBG
and_CC
insightful_JJ
film_NN
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made_VBN
the_DT
majority_NN
of_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
,_,
including_IN
myself_PPX
,_,
cry_VB
._.
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
us_NP
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the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
ben_NP
(_(
bruce_NP
willis_NP
)_)
and_CC
katie_NP
(_(
michelle_NP
pfeiffer_NN
)_)
jordan_NP
,_,
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the_DT
question_NN
,_,
"_"
can_MD
a_DT
marriage_NN
survive_VB
15_CD
years_NNS
of_IN
marriage_NN
?_?
"_"
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
about_IN
two_CD
individuals_NNS
who_WP
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come_VBN
together_RB
,_,
spent_VBN
a_DT
good_JJ
chunk_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
lives_NNS
together_RB
,_,
and_CC
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when_CS
our_PP$
main_JJ
characters_NNS
are_BER
"_"
him_PP
"_"
and_CC
"_"
her_PP$
"_"
(_(
during_IN
the_DT
bad_JJ
times_NNS
)_)
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
they_PP
are_BER
"_"
us_NP
"_"
(_(
during_IN
the_DT
good_JJ
times_NNS
)_)
._.
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
us_NP
is_BEZ
about_IN
their_PP$
entire_JJ
15_CD
years_NNS
of_IN
marriage_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
collapsing_JJ
day_NN
by_IN
day_NN
._.
ben_NP
and_CC
katie_NP
now_RB
only_RB
see_VB
and_CC
live_VB
with_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
because_CS
they_PP
don't_DO
want_VB
to_IN
devastate_JJ
their_PP$
children_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
their_PP$
parents_NNS
no_DT
longer_JJR
,_,
or_CC
at_IN
least_DT
say_VB
they_PP
don't_DO
,_,
love_NN
each_DT
other_JJ
anymore_RB
._.
ben_NP
,_,
a_DT
cartoonist_NN
,_,
and_CC
katie_NP
,_,
a_DT
crossword_NP
puzzle_NN
writer_NN
,_,
have_HV
grown_VBN
apart_RB
during_IN
their_PP$
fifteen_CD
years_NNS
of_IN
marriage_NN
,_,
as_CS
they_PP
have_HV
grown_VBN
to_IN
follow_VB
different_JJ
views_NNS
on_IN
life_NN
,_,
family_NN
,_,
and_CC
marriage_NN
._.
katie_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
more_DT
organized_JJ
,_,
sophisticated_JJ
type_NN
,_,
who_WP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
plan_NN
everything_PN
out_RP
,_,
while_CS
ben_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
spontaneous_JJ
,_,
adventurous_JJ
individual_JJ
who_NP
doesn't_DOZ
mind_VB
doing_DOG
things_NNS
differently_RB
than_CS
they_PP
were_BED
planned_VBN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
us_NP
plays_VBZ
out_RP
nicely_RB
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
opens_VBZ
with_IN
ben_NP
sharing_VBG
his_PP$
story_NN
with_IN
a_DT
therapist_NN
,_,
told_VBD
to_TO
the_DT
viewer_NN
through_IN
flashbacks_NNS
._.
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
progresses_VBZ
,_,
it_PP
switches_VBZ
between_IN
ben_NP
and_CC
katie_NP
talking_VBG
to_IN
their_PP$
therapist_NN
,_,
with_IN
their_PP$
stories_NNS
being_NN
told_VBD
with_IN
flashbacks_NNS
of_IN
their_PP$
marriage_NN
._.
this_DT
method_NN
is_BEZ
highly_RB
effective_JJ
,_,
as_CS
we_PP
see_VB
the_DT
characters_NNS
changing_VBG
from_IN
year_NN
to_IN
year_NN
,_,
slowly_RB
growing_JJ
apart_RB
._.
through_IN
the_DT
flashbacks_NNS
,_,
we_PP
get_VB
to_TO
see_VB
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
them_PP
through_IN
both_PDT
of_IN
the_DT
character_NN
's_POS
eyes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
this_DT
gives_VBZ
us_PP
a_DT
strong_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
what_WDT
their_PP$
characters_NNS
are_BER
really_RB
like_IN
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
us_NP
has_HVZ
three_CD
dimensional_JJ
,_,
believable_JJ
main_JJ
characters_NNS
._.
the_DT
screenplay_NN
,_,
written_VBN
by_IN
jessie_NP
nelson_NP
(_(
stepmom_???
)_)
and_CC
alan_NP
zweibel_NP
(_(
dragnet_NN
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
touching_JJ
,_,
down_IN
to_IN
earth_NN
work_NN
that_CS
hits_VBZ
a_DT
chord_NN
within_IN
the_DT
viewer_NN
,_,
much_DT
like_IN
another_DT
one_CD
of_IN
nelson_NP
's_POS
films_NNS
,_,
stepmom_???
._.
the_DT
script_NN
has_HVZ
an_DT
open_JJ
honesty_NN
and_CC
outlook_NN
on_IN
life_NN
,_,
one_CD
that_DT
is_BEZ
so_RB
realistic_JJ
,_,
you_PP
feel_VB
uncomfortable_JJ
at_IN
many_DT
times_NNS
,_,
because_CS
so_RB
many_DT
situations_NNS
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
in_IN
are_BER
undeniably_RB
familiar_JJ
,_,
as_CS
most_DT
families_NNS
these_DT
days_NNS
most_DT
go_VB
through_IN
the_DT
hard_JJ
times_NNS
,_,
as_CS
ben_NP
and_CC
katie_NP
must_MD
._.
if_NN
it_PP
wasn't_BEDZ
for_IN
the_DT
first_OD
15_CD
minutes_NNS
that_CS
the_DT
writers_NNS
wrote_VBD
,_,
which_WDT
are_BER
rugged_VBN
and_CC
certainly_RB
flawed_JJ
,_,
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
us_NP
would_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
this_DT
year_NN
's_POS
best_JJS
picture_NN
._.
bruce_NP
willis_NP
,_,
a_DT
usual_JJ
action_NN
/_SYM
adventure_NN
star_NN
,_,
has_HVZ
certainly_RB
turned_VBN
himself_PPX
around_IN
in_CD
the_DT
past_NN
year-_???
he_PP
went_VBD
from_IN
being_BEG
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
was_BEDZ
being_NN
typecast_NN
to_IN
the_DT
same_DT
role_NN
in_IN
action_NN
movies_NNS
,_,
to_IN
a_DT
distinguished_JJ
,_,
sophisticated_JJ
actor_NN
,_,
as_CS
in_IN
last_OD
summer_NN
's_POS
the_DT
sixth_OD
sense_NN
;_;
and_CC
now_RB
in_IN
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
us_NP
,_,
willis_NP
shows_VBZ
the_DT
world_NN
what_WDT
he_PP
can_MD
really_RB
do_DO
if_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
fed_VBN
a_DT
good_JJ
script_NN
._.
although_CS
i_PP
wouldn't_MD
pick_VB
willis_NP
as_IN
the_DT
choice_NN
actor_NN
for_IN
ben_NP
jordan_NP
,_,
willis_NP
handles_VBZ
himself_PPX
nicely_RB
,_,
and_CC
shines_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
few_DT
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
most_DT
powerful_JJ
scenes_NNS
,_,
enough_RB
that_CS
make_VB
his_PP$
performance_NN
a_DT
definite_JJ
contender_NN
comes_VBZ
awards_NNS
season_NN
._.
where_CS
to_IN
start_NN
about_IN
michelle_NP
pfeiffer_NN
?_?
pfeiffer_VB
's_NNS
performance_NN
is_BEZ
spellbinding_VBG
and_CC
ultimately_RB
strong_JJ
,_,
as_CS
she_PP
brings_VBZ
her_PP$
character_NN
to_IN
life_NN
with_IN
such_DT
charisma_NN
and_CC
emotion_NN
,_,
you_PP
wonder_VB
how_WRB
,_,
how_WRB
it_PP
is_BEZ
possible_JJ
for_IN
someone_PN
to_IN
portray_VB
a_NP
real_JJ
person_NN
with_IN
such_DT
realism_NN
._.
pfeiffer_VB
's_BEZ
performance_NN
is_BEZ
one_CD
that_DT
if_CS
not_XNOT
recognized_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
academy_NN
next_OD
spring_NN
,_,
will_MD
be_BE
in_IN
the_DT
heart_NN
's_POS
of_IN
any_DT
viewer_NN
that_CS
has_HVZ
watched_VBN
this_DT
moving_VBG
film_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
us_NP
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
1999_CD
's_POS
most_DT
real_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
funny_JJ
films_NNS
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
razor_NN
sharp_JJ
script_NN
evens_NNS
out_RP
the_DT
laughs_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
tears_NNS
to_IN
keep_NN
the_DT
viewer_NN
hooked_VBN
._.
superb_JJ
acting_JJ
,_,
direction_NN
,_,
writing_NN
,_,
story_NN
,_,
and_CC
soundtrack_NN
that_CS
always_RB
sets_NNS
the_DT
mood_NN
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
beautifully_RB
composed_VBN
by_IN
eric_NP
clapton_NP
and_CC
marc_NP
shaiman_NN
,_,
make_VB
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
us_NP
a_DT
touching_JJ
,_,
unforgettable_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
that_CS
will_MD
touch_VB
the_DT
hearts_NNS
of_IN
viewers_NNS
across_IN
the_DT
country-_???
and_CC
will_NN
certainly_RB
become_VB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
talked_VBD
about_IN
movies_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
fall_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
major_JJ
high_JJ
points_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
fights_NNS
between_IN
ben_NP
and_CC
katie_NP
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
two_CD
constantly_RB
accuse_VB
of_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
of_IN
whose_WP$
fault_NN
it_PP
is_BEZ
that_DT
their_PP$
marriage_NN
has_HVZ
collapsed_VBN
,_,
and_CC
although_CS
they_PP
also_RB
say_VB
things_NNS
like_IN
"_"
it_PP
's_BEZ
over_IN
,_,
"_"
or_CC
"_"
i_NN
hate_NN
you_PP
,_,
"_"
you_PP
can_MD
tell_VB
the_DT
two_CD
still_RB
share_NN
a_DT
deep_JJ
connection_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
inside_IN
,_,
somewhere_RB
,_,
they_PP
are_BER
still_RB
an_DT
"_"
us_NP
._.
"_"
the_DT
bottom_NN
line_NN
:_:
a_DT
wonderful_JJ
,_,
enchanting_JJ
,_,
and_CC
heartbreaking_VBG
film_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
realistic_JJ
,_,
heartbreaking_VBG
films_NNS
in_IN
recent_JJ
years_NNS
._.
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