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jack_NP
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,_,
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liking_NN
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._.
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,_,
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obsessive-compulsive_JJ
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him_PP
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except_CS
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he_PP
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being_BEG
a_DT
royal_JJ
pain_NN
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the_DT
you-know-where_NN
._.
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mean_JJ
._.
i_PP
mean_VB
really_RB
mean_VB
._.
the_DT
opening_NN
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shows_VBZ
him_PP
shoving_VBG
a_DT
little_JJ
dog_NN
down_IN
the_DT
trash_NP
chute_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
manhattan_JJ
condominium_NN
._.
every_DT
day_NN
,_,
melvin_NP
eats_VBZ
at_IN
the_DT
same_DT
cafe_NN
,_,
sits_VBZ
at_IN
the_DT
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table_NN
,_,
and_CC
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the_DT
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waitress_NN
._.
you_PP
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his_PP$
favorite_JJ
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be_BE
a_DT
vicious_JJ
nuisance_NN
,_,
when_CS
his_PP$
waitress_NN
carol_NP
(_(
helen_NP
hunt_NP
)_)
tells_VBZ
him_PP
he_PP
can_MD
just_RB
go_VB
sit_VB
in_IN
another_DT
section_NN
,_,
and_CC
all_PDT
the_DT
other_JJ
waitresses_NNS
just_RB
cringe_VB
._.
one_CD
day_NN
,_,
melvin_NP
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comment_NN
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far_RB
,_,
and_CC
carol_NP
,_,
genuinely_RB
hurt_VB
,_,
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him_PP
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a_DT
ton_NN
of_IN
bricks_NNS
._.
at_IN
that_DT
point_NN
we_PP
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she_PP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
only_RB
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only_RB
person_NN
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a_DT
matter_NN
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
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only_RB
person_NN
who_WP
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get_VB
to_IN
him_PP
,_,
too_RB
._.
another_DT
person_NN
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often_RB
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melvin_NP
's_POS
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is_BEZ
simon_NP
(_(
greg_NP
kinnear_JJ
)_)
,_,
an_DT
artist_NN
who_WP
lives_VBZ
on_IN
melvin_NP
's_POS
floor_NN
._.
aside_RB
from_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
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near_IN
the_DT
terror_NN
of_IN
the_DT
city_NN
,_,
simon_NP
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benefit_NN
of_IN
being_BEG
gay_JJ
,_,
making_VBG
him_PP
a_DT
prime_JJ
target_NN
._.
simon_NP
's_POS
friend_NN
frank_NP
(_(
cuba_NP
gooding_NN
,_,
jr_JJ
._.
)_)
,_,
also_RB
gay_JJ
,_,
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
fare_VB
much_DT
better_JJR
._.
when_CS
simon_NP
walks_NNS
in_IN
on_IN
a_DT
pair_NN
of_IN
men_NNS
robbing_VBG
his_PP$
apartment_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
brutally_RB
beaten_VBN
and_CC
sent_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
hospital_NN
,_,
and_CC
frank_NP
,_,
who_WP
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grown_VBN
tired_JJ
of_IN
seeing_VBG
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verbal_JJ
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out_RP
by_IN
his_PP$
neighbor_NP
,_,
intimidates_NNS
melvin_NP
into_IN
watching_VBG
after_IN
simon_NP
's_POS
dog_NN
while_CS
he_PP
convalesces_NNS
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
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same_DT
dog_NN
melvin_NP
had_HVD
earlier_JJR
shoved_VBD
down_IN
the_DT
garbage_NN
._.
an_DT
interesting_JJ
thing_NN
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melvin_NP
takes_VBZ
this_DT
dog_NN
in_IN
:_:
melvin_NP
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like_IN
the_DT
dog_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
two_CD
develop_VB
an_DT
attachment_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
the_DT
catalyst_NN
to_IN
melvin_NP
's_POS
softening_NN
up_RP
to_IN
the_DT
world_NN
around_IN
him_PP
._.
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
happen_VB
overnight_JJ
,_,
but_CC
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
he_PP
bites_NNS
his_PP$
tongue_NN
here_RB
,_,
cares_VBZ
a_DT
little_JJ
there_RB
,_,
and_CC
most_DT
miraculously_RB
,_,
falls_VBZ
in_IN
love_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
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of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
watching_VBG
melvin_NP
try_VB
to_TO
express_VB
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which_WDT
are_BER
not_XNOT
the_DT
usual_JJ
negative_JJ
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he_PP
so_RB
often_RB
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with_IN
others_NNS
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
traveling_VBG
terra_NP
incognita_NP
here_RB
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
shows_VBZ
._.
good_JJ
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turned_VBN
in_IN
by_IN
all_PDT
principal_JJ
players_NNS
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
especially_RB
by_IN
nicholson_NP
and_CC
hunt_NP
._.
they_PP
play_VB
well_RB
off_IN
of_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
and_CC
have_HV
a_DT
genuine_JJ
chemistry_NN
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
it_PP
a_DT
pleasure_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
them_PP
on_IN
screen_NN
._.
greg_NP
kinnear_JJ
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
becoming_VBG
known_VBN
for_IN
his_PP$
supporting_JJ
film_NN
roles_NNS
,_,
is_BEZ
also_RB
very_RB
good_JJ
at_IN
playing_VBG
the_DT
vulnerable_JJ
simon_NP
._.
he_PP
gives_VBZ
a_DT
short_JJ
monologue_NN
about_IN
what_WDT
it_PP
means_VBZ
for_IN
him_PP
to_IN
be_BE
an_DT
artist_NN
,_,
and_CC
delivers_VBZ
it_PP
with_IN
such_DT
inspiration_NN
and_CC
conviction_NN
that_CS
you_PP
actually_RB
get_VB
to_IN
feel_NN
some_DT
of_IN
what_WDT
he_PP
feels_VBZ
._.
cuba_NP
gooding_NN
jr_JJ
._.
performs_VBZ
with_IN
a_DT
hyped-up_???
level_NN
of_IN
energy_NN
which_WDT
contrasts_VBZ
nicely_RB
with_IN
that_DT
of_IN
kinnear_JJ
,_,
and_CC
comes_VBZ
through_IN
with_IN
a_DT
near_IN
constant_JJ
comic_NN
performance_NN
._.
the_DT
screenplay_NN
,_,
by_IN
mark_NN
andrus_NN
and_CC
james_NP
l_NN
._.
brooks_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
clever_JJ
,_,
touching_VBG
,_,
and_CC
funny_JJ
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
part_NN
about_IN
it_PP
,_,
however_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
that_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
filled_VBN
with_IN
characters_NNS
we_PP
care_VB
about_IN
because_CS
they_PP
are_BER
actually_RB
interesting_JJ
._.
melvin_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
man_NN
we_PP
can't_MD
quite_RB
figure_NN
out_RP
,_,
but_CC
whose_WP$
mannerisms_NNS
and_CC
quirky_JJ
qualities_NNS
capture_VB
our_PP$
attention_NN
._.
carol_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
working_JJ
woman_NN
living_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
mother_NN
,_,
trying_VBG
to_IN
take_VB
care_NN
of_IN
a_DT
child_NN
with_IN
a_DT
debilitating_JJ
respiratory_NN
problem_NN
._.
simon_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
a_DT
success_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
circle_NN
of_IN
peers_NNS
,_,
but_CC
who_WP
is_BEZ
still_RB
not_XNOT
accepted_VBN
by_IN
much_DT
of_IN
society_NN
._.
combined_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
talent_NN
of_IN
the_DT
actors_NNS
,_,
these_DT
characters_NNS
make_VB
the_DT
film_NN
._.
the_DT
one_CD
noticeable_JJ
area_NN
where_CS
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
lacking_VBG
,_,
however_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
absence_NN
of_IN
cuba_NP
gooding_VBG
,_,
jr_JJ
._.
through_IN
the_DT
second_NN
half_NN
._.
his_PP$
character_NN
makes_VBZ
an_DT
exit_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
supposed_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
temporary_JJ
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
film_NN
ends_NNS
before_IN
his_PP$
return_NN
,_,
leaving_VBG
his_PP$
relationship_NN
with_IN
simon_NP
and_CC
melvin_NP
unresolved_JJ
._.
i_PP
would_MD
have_HV
liked_VBN
to_IN
have_HV
seen_VBN
more_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
character_NN
in_IN
general_JJ
,_,
in_IN
addition_NN
to_IN
a_DT
part_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
conclusion_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
one_CD
actor_NN
,_,
who_WP
will_MD
probably_RB
not_XNOT
be_BE
recognized_VBN
by_IN
any_DT
awards_NNS
,_,
but_CC
who_WP
contributes_VBZ
greatly_RB
to_IN
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
best_JJS
scenes_NNS
and_CC
who_WP
deserves_VBZ
mention_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
that_DT
little_JJ
dog_NN
._.
he_PP
plays_VBZ
such_DT
a_DT
pivotal_JJ
role_NN
to_IN
melvin_NP
's_POS
character_NN
development_NN
,_,
actually_RB
serves_VBZ
to_IN
forward_RB
the_DT
plot_NN
,_,
and_CC
has_HVZ
some_DT
absolutely_RB
scene-stealing_VBG
moments_NNS
,_,
that_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
hard_JJ
to_TO
believe_VB
he_PP
is_BEZ
simply_RB
an_DT
animal_NN
._.
award_NN
or_CC
no_DT
,_,
however_RB
,_,
when_CS
even_RB
the_DT
dog_NN
puts_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
good_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
you_PP
know_VB
you've_???
got_VBD
an_DT
outstanding_JJ
movie_NN
._.