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in_CD
some_DT
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,_,
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it_PP
._.
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,_,
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;_;
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._.
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birch_NN
,_,
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master_VB
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of_IN
caution_NN
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,_,
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few_DT
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._.
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,_,
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._.
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._.
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gravestown_JJ
,_,
maine_NP
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the_DT
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,_,
the_DT
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,_,
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the_DT
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,_,
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._.
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ian_NP
michael_NP
smith_NP
)_)
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wenteworth_NP
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joseph_NP
mazzello_NP
)_)
._.
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,_,
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._.
joe_NP
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son_NN
of_IN
rebecca_NP
(_(
ashley_NP
judd_???
)_(
,_,
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he_PP
's_BEZ
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._.
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._.
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a_DT
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ian_NP
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,_,
simon_NP
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god_NN
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instrument_NN
,_,
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a_DT
reason_NN
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so_RB
small_JJ
._.
joe_NP
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buy_VB
it_PP
,_,
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by_IN
simon_NP
;_;
the_DT
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tough_JJ
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the_DT
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._.
early_JJ
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,_,
the_DT
two_CD
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up_RP
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ben_NP
goodrich_NP
(_(
oliver_NP
platt_NP
)_)
,_,
rebecca_NP
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boyfriend_NN
,_,
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the_DT
bond_NN
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ben_NP
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boys_NNS
develop_VB
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liking_NN
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each_DT
other_JJ
._.
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._.
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,_,
a_DT
testament_NN
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both_PDT
._.
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jim_NP
carrey_NP
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cameo_???
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,_,
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his_PP$
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._.
mark_NN
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fantastic_JJ
._.
the_DT
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john_NP
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,_,
a_DT
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owen_NP
meany_NN
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the_DT
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'based_JJ
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'_"
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'suggested_VBN
by_IN
._.
'_"
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those_DT
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it_PP
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almost_RB
unfitting_JJ
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compare_VB
the_DT
two_CD
;_;
johnson_NP
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,_,
humor_NN
,_,
atmosphere_NN
,_,
and_CC
suspense_NN
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create_VB
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of_IN
forrest_NP
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._.
by_IN
no_DT
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project_NN
of_IN
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-_-
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300_CD
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pass_VB
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sight_NN
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a_DT
few_DT
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-_-
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._.
simon_NP
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a_DT
different_JJ
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a_DT
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life_NN
,_,
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film_NN
school_NN
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decades_NNS
to_IN
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._.
in_IN
the_DT
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,_,
however_RB
,_,
it_PP
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an_DT
enjoyable_JJ
little_JJ
picture_NN
that_CS
everyone_PN
ought_MD
to_TO
take_VB
a_DT
look_NN
at_IN
._.
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