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john_NP
cusack_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
actor_NN
who_WP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
effortlessly_RB
slide_NN
into_IN
his_PP$
respective_JJ
film_NN
roles_NNS
._.
so_RB
effortlessly_RB
that_CS
people_NN
tend_VB
to_IN
forget_VB
he_PP
's_BEZ
there_RB
,_,
much_DT
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
people_NN
rarely_RB
recall_VB
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
character_NN
actors_NNS
(_(
anyone_PN
who_NP
can_MD
put_VB
the_DT
name_NN
james_NP
rebhorn_NP
with_IN
that_DT
actor_NN
's_POS
face_NN
is_BEZ
invited_VBN
to_IN
treat_NN
themselves_PPX
to_IN
a_DT
product_NN
from_IN
one_CD
of_IN
my_PP$
sponsors_NNS
)_)
._.
example_NN
:_:
the_DT
other_JJ
day_NN
my_PP$
mother_NN
asked_VBD
me_PP
(_(
the_DT
expert_NN
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
)_)
if_CS
there_EX
were_BED
any_DT
movies_NNS
out_RP
worth_IN
seeing_VBG
,_,
never_RB
mind_NN
that_CS
our_PP$
tastes_NNS
couldn't_MD
be_BE
more_DT
divergent---_???
i'll_???
never_RB
forget_VB
the_DT
day_NN
she_PP
recommended_VBD
that_CS
i_PP
go_VB
see_VB
a_DT
night_NN
at_IN
the_DT
roxbury_NN
for_IN
god_NP
sakes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
to_IN
be_BE
fair_JJ
she_PP
was_BEDZ
mightily_RB
pissed_VBN
at_IN
me_PP
for_IN
telling_VBG
her_PP$
that_DT
go_NN
!_!
was_BEDZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
fun_NN
(_(
which_WDT
it_PP
is_BEZ
)_)
,_,
so_RB
i_PP
didn't_DOD
see_VB
this_DT
as_IN
anything_PN
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
futile_JJ
attempt_NN
at_IN
conversation_NN
._.
i_PP
muttered_VBD
,_,
with_IN
a_DT
little_JJ
trepidation_NN
,_,
that_CS
she_PP
might_MD
enjoy_VB
high_JJ
fidelity_NN
._.
she_PP
responded_VBD
with_IN
her_PP$
usual_JJ
query_NN
,_,
"_"
whose_WP$
in_CD
that_CS
one_CD
?_?
"_"
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
question_NN
whose_WP$
answer_NN
that_CS
seems_VBZ
to_IN
immediately_RB
conjure_VB
up_RP
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
movie_NN
you_PP
went_VBD
to_IN
see_NN
._.
if_CS
the_DT
reply_NN
is_BEZ
julia_NP
roberts_NP
you_PP
probably_RB
assume_VB
it_PP
was_BEDZ
something_PN
wispy_JJ
and_CC
light_JJ
,_,
a_DT
sylvester_NP
stallone_NN
movie_NN
and_CC
you_PP
picture_NN
a_DT
bloodbath_NN
with_IN
few_DT
words_NNS
and_CC
much_DT
involuntary_JJ
bicep_???
flexing_CS
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
woody_JJ
allen_NP
movie_NN
means_NN
hyper_NN
articulate_JJ
white_JJ
people_NN
(_(
usually_RB
of_IN
the_DT
jewish_JJ
faith_NN
)_)
fretting_JJ
about_IN
in_IN
some_DT
upper_JJ
east_NN
side_NN
palace_NN
._.
anyway_RB
,_,
when_CS
i_PP
answered_VBD
"_"
john_NP
cusack_NN
"_"
,_,
she_PP
replied_VBD
with_IN
a_DT
rather_RB
stunned_JJ
"_"
who_NP
?_?
"_"
,_,
as_CS
if_CS
it_PP
was_BEDZ
unreasonable_JJ
for_IN
her_PP$
to_IN
know_VB
whom_WP
i_PP
was_BEDZ
referring_VBG
to_IN
._.
now_RB
i_PP
know_VB
for_IN
a_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
my_PP$
mother_NN
has_HVZ
seen_VBN
several_DT
cusack_NN
movies_NNS
,_,
most_DT
recently_RB
being_NN
john_NP
malkovich_NP
and_CC
pushing_VBG
tin_NN
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
suppose_VB
it_PP
's_BEZ
understandable_JJ
that_CS
she_PP
would_MD
not_XNOT
recognize_VB
the_DT
name_NN
,_,
after_IN
all_PDT
,_,
for_IN
most_DT
,_,
names_NNS
are_BER
tougher_JJR
than_CS
faces_NNS
._.
i_PP
showed_VBD
her_PP$
a_DT
picture_NN
of_IN
cusack_NN
's_POS
mug_NN
in_IN
the_DT
paper_NN
hoping_VBG
for_IN
an_DT
"_"
oh_UH
-_-
him_PP
,_,
yes_UH
he_PP
's_BEZ
quite_RB
good_JJ
"_"
instead_RB
i_PP
got_VBD
a_DT
"_"
no_UH
-_-
i_PP
don't_DO
know_VB
him_PP
"_"
._.
at_IN
this_DT
point_NN
i_PP
was_BEDZ
way_NN
beyond_IN
frustration_NN
into_IN
a_DT
realm_NN
of_IN
nose_NN
hair_NN
yanking_VBG
anger_NN
(_(
yes_UH
,_,
filmic_JJ
ignorance_NN
is_BEZ
all_PDT
it_PP
takes_VBZ
to_IN
get_VB
me_NN
into_IN
the_DT
nose_NN
hair_NN
pulling_VBG
zone_NN
)_)
,_,
till_IN
i_PP
realized_VBD
something_PN
:_:
i_CD
doubt_NN
that_CS
much_DT
of_IN
america_NP
would_MD
recognize_VB
cusack_NN
's_POS
relatively_RB
bland_JJ
visage_NN
,_,
or_CC
even_RB
the_DT
name_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
rather_RB
bland_JJ
compared_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
coolness_NN
of_IN
a_DT
brad_NP
pitt_NP
or_CC
tom_NP
cruise_NN
,_,
one-syllable_JJ
names_NNS
that_CS
glide_VB
off_IN
the_DT
tongue_NN
with_IN
the_DT
velocity_NN
of_IN
a_DT
speeding_VBG
car_NN
._.
cu-sack_NN
._.
cu-sack_NN
-_-
no_DT
,_,
not_XNOT
quite_RB
as_IN
cool_JJ
._.
i'm_???
sure_JJ
that_CS
twenty_CD
years_NNS
from_IN
now_RB
cusack_NN
will_MD
forever_RB
be_BE
referred_VBN
to_IN
as_IN
"_"
the_DT
guy_NN
from_IN
(_(
add_VB
in_IN
the_DT
cusack_NN
film_NN
of_IN
your_PP$
choice_NN
)_)
"_"
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
brand_NN
name_NN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
movies_NNS
usually_RB
aren't_BER
big_JJ
moneymakers_NNS
,_,
but_CC
in_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
unassuming_JJ
way_NN
he_PP
's_BEZ
kind_NN
of_IN
a_DT
genius_NN
._.
with_IN
his_PP$
pleasant_JJ
,_,
common_JJ
man_NN
looks_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
charming_JJ
semi-articulate_NN
blatherings_NNS
he_PP
has_HVZ
become_VBN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
likeable_JJ
romantic_JJ
leading_JJ
men_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
90_CD
's_BEZ
._.
from_IN
the_DT
sure_JJ
thing_NN
to_IN
say_VB
anything_PN
cusack_NN
has_HVZ
merged_VBN
the_DT
talents_NNS
of_IN
early_JJ
tom_NP
hanks_NP
and_CC
early_JJ
jack_NP
lemmon_JJ
._.
despite_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
nearly_RB
every_DT
character_NN
he_PP
plays_VBZ
is_BEZ
a_DT
variation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
character_NN
before_IN
it_PP
(_(
the_DT
schlumpy_???
every_DT
man_NN
)_)
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
constantly_RB
enjoyable_JJ
screen_NN
persona_NP
,_,
like_IN
albert_NP
brooks_NP
or_CC
woody_NP
allen_NP
._.
and_CC
he_PP
knows_VBZ
how_WRB
to_TO
chose_VBD
scripts_NNS
,_,
while_CS
the_DT
stephan_NP
baldwin_NP
's_POS
and_CC
val_NP
kilmer_NN
's_POS
seem_VB
to_IN
put_VBN
them_PP
selves_VBZ
in_IN
everything_PN
(_(
the_DT
former_DT
actually_RB
had_HVN
the_DT
insight_NN
to_IN
follow_VB
up_RP
oscar_NP
winner_NN
usual_JJ
suspects_NNS
with_IN
a_DT
pauly_JJ
shore_NN
vehicle_NN
,_,
and_CC
judging_VBG
from_IN
his_PP$
latest_JJS
projects_NNS
it_PP
looks_VBZ
like_IN
he_PP
still_RB
has_HVZ
yet_RB
to_TO
fire_VB
his_PP$
agent_NN
)_)
,_,
cusack_NN
generally_RB
picks_VBZ
rewarding_JJ
projects_NNS
(_(
save_VB
for_IN
the_DT
unwatchable_JJ
hot_JJ
pursuit_NN
,_,
a_DT
1988_CD
film_NN
also_RB
featuring_VBG
a_DT
young_JJ
ben_NP
stiller_NN
)_)
._.
high_JJ
fidelity_NN
is_BEZ
his_PP$
second_NN
collaboration_NN
with_IN
hit_NN
or_CC
miss_NN
english_NN
director_NN
stephan_NP
fears_NNS
(_(
the_DT
grifters_NNS
,_,
the_DT
hi-lo_???
country_NN
)_(
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
hit_NN
._.
it_PP
was_BEDZ
also_RB
co-written_VBN
by_IN
cusack_NN
,_,
and_CC
some_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
collaborators_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
terrific_JJ
comedy_NN
,_,
grosse_NP
point_NN
blank_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
quite_RB
as_IN
entertaining_JJ
or_CC
as_CS
funny_JJ
as_IN
that_DT
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
as_CS
it_PP
progresses_VBZ
in_IN
its_PP$
meandering_NN
fashion_NN
,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
cast_VBN
something_PN
of_IN
a_DT
spell_NN
over_IN
me_PP
._.
high_JJ
fidelity_NN
begins_VBZ
as_IN
a_DT
hipster_NN
ode_NN
to_IN
the_DT
non-committal_NN
rob_NP
,_,
a_DT
vinyl_???
record_NN
store_NN
owner_NN
,_,
who_WP
opens_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
by_IN
breaking_VBG
down_RP
the_DT
fourth_OD
wall_NN
with_IN
much_DT
abandon_NN
and_CC
educating_VBG
us_PP
in_IN
his_PP$
"_"
top_NN
5_CD
break_NN
ups_NNS
list_NN
"_"
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
something_PN
cusack_JJ
does_DOZ
the_DT
entire_JJ
film_NN
a_DT
la_NP
ferris_NP
bueller_NP
's_POS
day_NN
off_IN
._.
at_IN
first_OD
the_DT
talking-directly-into-the-camera-schtick_NP
had_HVD
me_PP
vaguely_RB
annoyed_VBD
,_,
mostly_RB
because_CS
it_PP
reminded_VBD
me_PP
so_RB
much_RB
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
body_NN
shots_NNS
which_WDT
used_MD
a_DT
similar_JJ
conceit_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
began_VBD
to_IN
grow_VB
on_IN
me_PP
due_JJ
almost_RB
entirely_RB
to_IN
cusack_NN
's_POS
witty_JJ
delivery_NN
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
guy_NN
we_PP
don't_DO
mind_VB
talking_NN
directly_RB
to_IN
us_NP
._.
gradually_RB
the_DT
film_NN
settles_VBZ
into_IN
a_DT
shampoo-like_NN
tragi-comic_JJ
character_NN
study_NN
,_,
of_IN
a_DT
guy_NN
who_WP
must_MD
confront_VB
himself_PPX
and_CC
his_PP$
personal_JJ
failures_NNS
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
figure_NN
out_RP
the_DT
true_JJ
person_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
(_)
yes_UH
it_NN
's_BEZ
all_PDT
very_RB
existential_JJ
)_)
._.
though_CS
that_DT
plot-line_JJ
is_BEZ
mostly_RB
enjoyable_JJ
,_,
the_DT
thing_NN
i_PP
liked_VBD
the_DT
most_DT
about_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
how_WRB
much_DT
pleasure_NN
it_PP
offers_VBZ
in_IN
introducing_VBG
us_PP
to_IN
minor_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
all_PDT
of_IN
whom_WP
(_(
now_RB
this_DT
is_BEZ
really_RB
something_PN
)_(
are_BER
terrific_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
warrant_VB
their_PP$
own_DT
films_NNS
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
of_IN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
jack_NP
black_JJ
(_(
of_IN
the_DT
very_RB
funny_JJ
show_NN
tenacious_JJ
d_NN
,_,
a_DT
program_NN
that_CS
sadly_RB
went_VBD
the_DT
way_NN
of_IN
bruce_NP
willis_NP
'_"
hair_NN
?_?
?_?
?_?
unfortunately_RB
that_CS
annoying_VBG
smirk_NP
remains_VBZ
)_)
,_,
an_DT
ardent_JJ
record_NN
store_NN
employee_NN
who_WP
bullies_NNS
customers_NNS
into_IN
buying_VBG
exactly_RB
what_WDT
he_PP
wants_VBZ
them_PP
to_TO
buy_VB
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
guy_NN
i'm_???
sure_RB
we've_???
all_PDT
met_VBD
before_IN
,_,
a_DT
blowhard_NN
who_WP
thinks_VBZ
he_PP
's_BEZ
always_RB
right_JJ
and_CC
will_MD
do_DO
anything_PN
in_IN
his_PP$
power_NN
(_(
be_BE
it_PP
yell_???
,_,
argue_VB
,_,
insult_NN
)_)
to_IN
hoist_VB
his_PP$
opinion_NN
onto_IN
others_NNS
._.
but_CC
i_PP
like_VB
this_DT
guy_NN
,_,
because_CS
of_IN
how_WRB
black_JJ
plays_NNS
him_PP
._.
the_DT
actor_NN
is_BEZ
portly_JJ
with_IN
a_DT
round_JJ
baby_NN
face_NN
and_CC
crazy_JJ
eyes_NNS
,_,
but_CC
despite_IN
his_PP$
size_NN
he_PP
leaps_VBZ
to_IN
and_CC
fro_PP
like_VB
a_DT
manic_JJ
speed_NN
freak_NN
(_(
which_WDT
might_MD
be_BE
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
a_DT
redundant_JJ
description_NN
,_,
seeing_VBG
as_IN
how_WRB
all_RB
the_DT
speed_NN
freaks_VBZ
i_PP
know_VB
are_BER
manic_JJ
)_)
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
supporting_JJ
character_NN
who_WP
would_MD
be_BE
impossibly_RB
annoying_VBG
comic_NN
relief_NN
in_IN
most_DT
other_JJ
films_NNS
._.
(_(
look_VB
at_IN
what_WDT
that_DT
hack_???
jan_NP
de_FW
bont_???
did_DOD
to_TO
poor_JJ
phillip_NP
seymour_NP
hoffman_NP
in_IN
twister_NN
)_)
._.
but_CC
fears_NNS
and_CC
black_JJ
never_RB
let_VB
that_CS
happen_VB
._.
the_DT
character_NN
,_,
for_IN
all_PDT
his_PP$
shucking_NN
and_CC
jiving_VBG
is_BEZ
steeped_VBN
in_IN
reality_NN
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
over_IN
the_DT
top_NN
,_,
but_CC
in_IN
a_DT
way_NN
we_PP
can_MD
all_PDT
probably_RB
relate_VB
to_IN
._.
catherine_NP
zeta-jones_NNS
,_,
in_IN
her_PP$
brief_JJ
role_NN
,_,
gives_VBZ
a_DT
vivid_JJ
portrayal_NN
of_IN
a_DT
women_NNS
completely_RB
enamored_VBN
with_IN
her_PP$
own_DT
"_"
charm_NN
"_"
._.
tim_NP
robbins_NNS
registers_NNS
in_IN
an_DT
even_RB
tinier_RBR
part_NN
as_IN
a_DT
new_JJ
age-type_NN
,_,
a_DT
character_NN
played_VBD
entirely_RB
for_IN
cartoon_NN
yuks_???
,_,
but_CC
still_RB
manages_VBZ
to_IN
work_NN
its_PP$
desired_JJ
comic_NN
effect_NN
._.
the_DT
one_CD
exception_NN
in_IN
the_DT
acting_JJ
department_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
a_DT
doozy_???
,_,
the_DT
main_JJ
love_NN
interest_NN
played_VBD
by_IN
danish_JJ
actress_NN
iben_???
hjejle_???
(_(
mifune_JJ
)_)
,_,
who_WP
completely_RB
obliterates_VBZ
any_DT
trace_NN
of_IN
a_DT
danish_JJ
accent_NN
,_,
replacing_VBG
it_PP
with_IN
a_DT
stilted_VBN
american_JJ
phonation_NN
._.
i_PP
give_VB
her_PP$
kudos_NNS
for_IN
attempting_VBG
such_DT
a_DT
contradictory_JJ
role_NN
,_,
but_CC
instead_RB
of_IN
being_BEG
likeable_JJ
,_,
she_PP
comes_VBZ
across_IN
as_RB
rather_RB
robotic_JJ
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
such_DT
it_PP
's_BEZ
hard_JJ
to_TO
see_VB
why_WRB
cusack_NN
's_POS
character_NN
would_MD
be_BE
so_RB
obsessed_JJ
with_IN
her_PP$
especially_RB
when_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
beautiful_JJ
,_,
intelligent_JJ
writer_NN
(_(
natasha_NP
gregson_NN
wagner_NP
)_)
potentially_RB
waiting_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
wings_NNS
._.
this_DT
reminded_VBD
me_PP
of_IN
say_NN
anything_PN
,_,
where_CS
the_DT
charming_JJ
cusack_NN
was_BEDZ
paired_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
charmless_NN
ione_???
skye_NP
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
midnight_NN
in_IN
the_DT
garden_NN
of_IN
good_JJ
and_CC
evil_JJ
where_CS
the_DT
poor_JJ
bastard_NN
had_HVD
to_TO
put_VB
up_RP
with_IN
alison_NP
eastwood_NP
(_(
whose_WP$
unbelievably_RB
more_DT
wooden_JJ
then_RB
father_NN
,_,
clint_NN
for_IN
those_DT
"_"
special_JJ
people_NN
"_"
whose_WP$
wheels_NNS
turn_VB
a_DT
little_JJ
slower_JJR
)_(
._.
in_CD
fact_NN
cusack_NN
is_BEZ
rarely_RB
paired_VBN
up_RP
with_IN
a_DT
personality_NN
that_CS
matches_NNS
his_PP$
,_,
though_CS
i'd_???
bet_NN
that_CS
if_CS
laura_NN
and_CC
natasha_NP
switched_VBD
roles_NNS
,_,
the_DT
result_NN
would_MD
be_BE
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