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october_NP
sky_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
rare_JJ
oddity_NN
in_IN
cinema_NN
:_:
a_DT
self-proclaimed_JJ
"_"
uplifting_JJ
"_"
film_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
actually_RB
uplifting_JJ
!_!
based_VBD
on_IN
the_DT
autobiographical_JJ
book_NN
by_IN
homer_NP
hickam_???
,_,
rocket_NN
boys_NNS
,_,
october_NP
sky_NN
tells_VBZ
the_DT
struggle_NN
of_IN
four_CD
boys_NNS
reaching_VBG
for_IN
their_PP$
dream_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
1957_CD
,_,
and_CC
for_IN
the_DT
boys_NNS
of_IN
coalwood_NN
,_,
west_NN
virginia_NP
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
much_DT
hope_NN
of_IN
a_DT
rosy_JJ
future_NN
._.
coalwood_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
coal_NN
mining_NN
town_NN
,_,
and_CC
,_,
except_CS
for_IN
the_DT
few_DT
lucky_JJ
ones_NNS
who_WP
manage_VB
to_TO
escape_VB
on_IN
a_DT
football_NN
scholarship_NN
,_,
most_DT
of_IN
coalwood_NN
's_POS
boys_NNS
are_BER
destined_VBN
to_IN
work_NN
in_IN
the_DT
mine_NN
._.
but_CC
,_,
in_IN
october_NP
1957_CD
,_,
an_DT
event_NN
happens_VBZ
that_CS
sparks_NNS
one_CD
boy_NN
to_IN
dream_NN
._.
the_DT
launch_NN
of_IN
the_DT
soviet_JJ
satellite_NN
sputnik_NN
sets_NNS
homer_NP
hickam_???
(_(
jake_NP
gyllenhaal_???
)_(
to_TO
dream_VB
a_DT
future_NN
of_IN
rocketry_NN
and_CC
space_NN
travel_NN
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
homer_NP
's_POS
parents_NNS
(_(
chris_NP
cooper_NP
and_CC
natalie_NP
canderday_NP
)_)
aren't_BER
quite_RB
sure_JJ
what_WDT
to_TO
make_VB
of_IN
their_PP$
son_NN
's_POS
unusual_JJ
interests_NNS
._.
homer_NP
gets_VBZ
his_PP$
strongest_JJS
encouragement_NN
from_IN
miss_NN
riley_NP
(_(
laura_NN
dern_???
)_(
,_,
a_DT
teacher_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
school_NN
who_WP
also_RB
informs_VBZ
him_PP
about_IN
the_DT
scholarships_NNS
offered_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
winners_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
national_JJ
science_NN
fair_JJ
._.
and_CC
so_RB
,_,
with_IN
stars_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
eyes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
thoughts_NNS
of_IN
scholarships_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
head_NN
,_,
homer_NP
enlists_NNS
the_DT
help_NN
of_IN
three_CD
other_JJ
boys_NNS
(_(
william_NP
lee_NP
scott_NP
,_,
chad_NP
lindberg_NP
and_CC
chris_NP
owen_NP
)_)
and_CC
begins_VBZ
to_TO
build_VB
a_DT
rocket_NN
._.
but_CC
,_,
do_DO
these_DT
four_CD
backwoods_NNS
boys_NNS
even_RB
have_HV
the_DT
slightest_JJS
hope_NN
of_IN
escaping_JJ
their_PP$
destiny_NN
?_?
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
lot_NN
that_CS
could_MD
have_HV
gone_VBN
wrong_JJ
with_IN
october_NP
sky_NN
._.
nearly_RB
every_DT
sequence_NN
flirts_NNS
with_IN
becoming_VBG
syrupy_VB
and_CC
cliched_VBD
._.
however_RB
,_,
miraculously_RB
,_,
october_NP
sky_NN
avoids_VBZ
nearly_RB
all_PDT
of_IN
these_DT
pitfalls_NNS
,_,
making_VBG
the_DT
exact_JJ
right_NN
moves_NNS
at_IN
the_DT
exact_JJ
right_NN
times_NNS
._.
a_DT
film_NN
emerges_VBZ
which_WDT
manages_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
powerful_JJ
and_CC
moving_VBG
without_IN
slipping_VBG
into_IN
the_DT
gauzy_NP
haze_NN
of_IN
nostalgia_NN
or_CC
sliding_JJ
down_IN
the_DT
sugarry_NN
slope_NN
of_IN
sappiness_NN
._.
jake_NP
gyllenhaal_???
is_BEZ
outstanding_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
kid_NN
at_IN
the_DT
center_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
>from_NN
the_DT
outset_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
immediately_RB
likable_JJ
,_,
and_CC
never_RB
seems_VBZ
too_RB
corny_JJ
or_CC
brainy_NN
as_IN
to_IN
alienate_VB
the_DT
audience_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
while_CS
october_NP
sky_NN
focuses_VBZ
on_IN
homer_NP
,_,
the_DT
other_JJ
three_CD
kids_NNS
get_VB
the_DT
short_JJ
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
stick_NN
._.
they_PP
remain_VB
little_DT
more_DT
than_CS
placeholders_NNS
reading_VBG
"_"
insert_VB
friend_NN
here_RB
"_"
._.
of_IN
the_DT
adults_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
chris_NP
cooper_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
fully_RB
realized_VBN
character_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
never_RB
paints_VBZ
him_PP
as_IN
merely_RB
the_DT
villainous_JJ
parent_NN
standing_NN
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
child_NN
's_POS
dreams_NNS
,_,
but_CC
,_,
instead_RB
,_,
shows_VBZ
the_DT
multihued_JJ
portrait_NN
of_IN
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
wants_VBZ
the_DT
best_JJS
for_IN
his_PP$
family_NN
and_CC
town_NN
,_,
but_CC
is_BEZ
too_RB
stubborn_JJ
to_IN
realize_VB
what_WDT
that_DT
is_BEZ
._.
director_NN
joe_NP
johnson_NP
deserves_VBZ
much_DT
credit_NN
for_IN
successfully_RB
navigating_VBG
the_DT
many_DT
obstacles_NNS
that_CS
october_NP
sky_NN
manages_VBZ
to_IN
dodge_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
there_EX
are_BER
still_RB
a_DT
few_DT
occasions_NNS
when_CS
he_PP
allows_VBZ
things_NNS
to_IN
proceed_VB
just_RB
a_DT
step_NN
too_RB
far_RB
._.
scenes_NNS
which_WDT
were_BED
natural_JJ
and_CC
inspiring_JJ
start_NN
to_IN
become_VB
contrived_JJ
and_CC
artificial_JJ
._.
however_RB
,_,
these_DT
lapses_NNS
are_BER
minimal_JJ
,_,
and_CC
johnson_NP
quickly_RB
steers_NNS
the_DT
movie_NN
back_NN
on_IN
course_NN
._.
the_DT
problem_NN
with_IN
many_DT
so-called_JJ
"_"
uplifting_JJ
"_"
films_NNS
is_BEZ
that_CS
they_PP
attempt_VB
to_TO
force_VB
their_PP$
mediciney_NN
goodness_NN
down_IN
your_PP$
throat_NN
._.
october_NP
sky_NN
never_RB
resorts_VBZ
to_IN
that_DT
level_NN
,_,
and_CC
yet_RB
,_,
manages_VBZ
to_IN
become_VBN
a_DT
truly_RB
uplifting_JJ
film_NN
purely_RB
on_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
merits_NNS
._.
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