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i_PP
saw_VBD
simon_NP
birch_NN
in_IN
a_DT
basically_RB
sold_VBN
out_RP
theater_NN
,_,
on_IN
a_DT
sunday_NP
afternoon_NN
._.
when_CS
the_DT
movie_NN
was_BEDZ
over_IN
and_CC
the_DT
audience_NN
was_BEDZ
exiting_VBG
,_,
i_PP
didn't_DOD
hear_VB
one_CD
negative_JJ
comment_NN
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
didn't_DOD
have_HV
any_DT
to_TO
offer_VB
._.
simon_NP
birch_NN
is_BEZ
primarily_RB
about_IN
the_DT
friendship_NN
of_IN
two_CD
twelve_CD
year_NN
old_JJ
boys_NNS
,_,
simon_NP
(_(
ian_NP
michael_NP
smith_NP
)_)
and_CC
joe_NP
(_(
joseph_NP
mazzello_NP
)_)
,_,
and_CC
what_WDT
destiny_NN
holds_VBZ
for_IN
both_PDT
of_IN
them_PP
._.
simon_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
dwarf_NN
,_,
who_WP
was_BEDZ
not_XNOT
supposed_JJ
to_TO
last_VB
through_IN
the_DT
night_NN
after_IN
birth_NN
due_JJ
to_IN
a_DT
weak_JJ
heart_NN
._.
surprisingly_RB
,_,
he_PP
does_DOZ
,_,
and_CC
now_RB
constantly_RB
reminds_VBZ
everyone_PN
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
living_NN
miracle_NN
._.
simon_NP
thinks_VBZ
god_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
plan_NN
for_IN
him_PP
,_,
a_DT
purpose_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
condition_NN
,_,
he_PP
just_RB
doesn't_DOZ
know_VB
what_WDT
._.
joe_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
illegitimate_JJ
child_NN
(_(
referred_VBN
to_IN
both_PDT
comically_RB
and_CC
dramatically_RB
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
as_IN
a_DT
bastard_NN
)_)
,_,
who_WP
's_BEZ
mom_???
(_(
ashley_NP
judd_???
)_(
won't_MD
tell_VB
him_PP
who_NP
his_PP$
father_NN
is_BEZ
._.
simon_NP
has_HVZ
more_DT
than_CS
just_RB
dwarfism_NN
as_IN
a_DT
problem_NN
,_,
the_DT
people_NN
in_IN
the_DT
town_NN
don't_DO
really_RB
like_IN
him_PP
,_,
because_CS
he_PP
isn't_BEZ
"_"
natural_JJ
"_"
._.
even_RB
his_PP$
own_DT
parents_NNS
don't_DO
care_NN
about_IN
him_PP
,_,
and_CC
are_BER
disappointed_JJ
they_PP
didn't_DOD
have_HV
a_DT
"_"
normal_JJ
"_"
son_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
also_RB
harassed_VBN
in_IN
church_NN
by_IN
the_DT
local_JJ
pastor_NN
,_,
rev_NN
._.
russell_NP
(_(
david_NP
strathairn_???
)_(
and_CC
simon_NP
's_POS
chain_NN
smoking_NN
sunday_NP
school_NN
teacher_NN
played_VBD
by_IN
jan_NP
hooks_NNS
._.
the_DT
only_JJ
person_NN
,_,
other_JJ
than_CS
joe_NP
,_,
that_CS
really_RB
cares_VBZ
for_IN
simon_NP
is_BEZ
joe_NP
's_POS
mom_???
,_,
who_WP
he_PP
also_RB
looks_VBZ
up_RP
to_IN
as_IN
a_DT
mother_NN
._.
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
just_RB
simon_NP
's_POS
luck_NN
,_,
that_CS
he_PP
would_MD
accidentally_RB
kills_VBZ
joe_NP
's_POS
mom_???
,_,
something_PN
you_PP
are_BER
told_VBN
at_IN
the_DT
beginning_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
joe_NP
,_,
now_RB
motherless_NN
as_IN
well_RB
as_CS
fatherless_JJ
,_,
feels_VBZ
the_DT
need_NN
to_IN
find_VB
out_RP
who_WP
his_PP$
real_JJ
father_NN
is_BEZ
._.
with_IN
the_DT
help_NN
of_IN
ben_NP
(_(
oliver_NP
platt_NP
)_)
,_,
the_DT
local_JJ
drama_NN
teacher_NN
and_CC
joe_NP
's_POS
mom_???
's_BEZ
current_NN
boyfriend_NN
(_(
before_IN
her_PP$
death_NN
)_)
,_,
he_PP
will_MD
attempt_VB
to_IN
locate_VB
his_PP$
dad_NN
and_CC
get_VB
in_IN
a_DT
little_JJ
trouble_NN
on_IN
the_DT
way_NN
._.
most_DT
of_IN
this_DT
trouble_NN
is_BEZ
laugh_NN
out_RP
loud_RB
funny_JJ
,_,
although_CS
not_XNOT
all_PDT
of_IN
it_PP
is_BEZ
._.
simon_NP
will_MD
also_RB
look_VB
for_IN
god_NN
's_POS
plan_NN
for_IN
him_PP
,_,
although_CS
he_PP
loses_VBZ
a_DT
little_JJ
faith_NN
along_IN
the_DT
way_NN
._.
starring_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
(_(
and_CC
last_VB
)_(
five_CD
minutes_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
hollywood_NP
's_POS
newest_JJS
dramatic_JJ
actor_NN
,_,
jim_NP
carrey_NP
._.
jim_NP
plays_VBZ
the_DT
adult_NN
version_NN
of_IN
joe_NP
and_CC
does_DOZ
a_DT
impressive_JJ
job_NN
starting_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
off_IN
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
tying_VBG
it_PP
up_RP
just_RB
right_JJ
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
first_OD
character_NN
jim_NP
has_HVZ
played_VBN
that_CS
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
over_IN
the_DT
top_NN
in_IN
anyway_RB
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
does_DOZ
a_DT
commendable_JJ
job_NN
._.
simon_NP
birch_NN
is_BEZ
written_VBN
and_CC
directed_VBN
by_IN
mark_NN
steven_NP
johnson_NP
,_,
this_DT
is_BEZ
his_PP$
first_OD
film_NN
as_IN
director_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
has_HVZ
written_VBN
several_DT
films_NNS
,_,
including_IN
the_DT
grumpy_???
old_JJ
men_NNS
series_NN
._.
he_PP
does_DOZ
an_DT
outstanding_JJ
writing_NN
and_CC
directing_VBG
job_NN
here_RB
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
structure_NN
is_BEZ
flawless_JJ
and_CC
its_PP$
flows_NNS
together_RB
perfectly_RB
._.
the_DT
dialog_NN
goes_VBZ
from_IN
extremely_RB
funny_JJ
to_IN
morose_JJ
without_IN
missing_VBG
a_DT
beat_NN
._.
the_DT
cast_NN
is_BEZ
excellent_JJ
._.
joseph_NP
mazzello_NP
gives_VBZ
the_DT
stand_NN
out_RP
performance_NN
._.
joseph_NP
is_BEZ
outstanding_JJ
for_IN
someone_PN
of_IN
any_DT
age_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
alone_RB
someone_PN
who_WP
just_JJ
turned_VBD
15_CD
._.
ian_NP
michael_NP
smith_NP
,_,
in_IN
his_PP$
film_NN
debut_NN
,_,
has_HVZ
such_DT
a_DT
strong_JJ
physical_JJ
presence_NN
that_CS
you_PP
believe_VB
he_PP
is_BEZ
simon_NP
without_IN
any_DT
hesitation_NN
._.
other_JJ
great_JJ
performances_NNS
are_BER
turned_VBN
in_IN
by_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
supporting_JJ
cast_NN
._.
i_PP
loved_VBD
this_DT
movie_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
far_RB
and_CC
away_RB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
films_NNS
i_PP
have_HV
seen_VBN
all_PDT
year_NN
._.
take_VB
your_PP$
whole_JJ
family_NN
to_IN
see_VB
simon_NP
birch_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
magnificent_JJ
film-_???
an_DT
american_NN
masterpiece_NN
._.
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