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like_IN
the_DT
wonderful_JJ
1990_CD
drama_NN
,_,
"_"
awakenings_NNS
,_,
"_"
starring_NN
robin_NP
williams_NP
and_CC
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
,_,
"_"
at_IN
first_OD
sight_NN
,_,
"_"
directed_VBD
by_IN
irwin_NP
winkler_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
inspired_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
true_JJ
story_NN
documented_VBN
by_IN
physicfirst_NP
sight_NN
,_,
"_"
directed_VBD
by_IN
irwin_NP
winkler_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
inspired_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
true_JJ
story_NN
documented_VBN
by_IN
physician_NN
oliver_NP
sacks_NP
._.
since_CS
"_"
awakenings_NNS
"_"
was_BEDZ
so_RB
very_RB
good_JJ
,_,
and_CC
made_VBD
my_PP$
top_NN
ten_CD
list_NN
the_DT
year_NN
it_PP
was_BEDZ
released_VBN
,_,
"_"
at_IN
first_OD
sight_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
quite_RB
as_IN
strong_JJ
since_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
directed_VBN
with_IN
as_IN
sure_JJ
a_DT
hand_NN
as_IN
penny_NN
marshall_NP
,_,
but_CC
is_BEZ
still_RB
an_DT
intelligent_JJ
and_CC
vibrantly-acted_VBN
drama_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
begins_VBZ
as_IN
amy_NP
(_(
mira_???
sorvino_FW
)_(
,_,
a_DT
stressed-out_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
architect_NN
,_,
decides_VBZ
to_IN
take_VB
some_DT
time_NN
off_IN
and_CC
travel_NN
upstate_NN
to_IN
the_DT
country_NN
._.
at_IN
the_DT
hotel_NN
she_PP
is_BEZ
staying_VBG
at_IN
,_,
she_PP
makes_VBZ
a_DT
massage_NN
appointment_NN
and_CC
after_IN
a_DT
long_JJ
,_,
soothing_JJ
session_NN
which_WDT
ends_VBZ
with_IN
her_PP$
crying_NN
as_IN
a_DT
release_NN
of_IN
emotions_NNS
,_,
she_PP
strikes_VBZ
up_RP
a_DT
conversation_NN
with_IN
the_DT
handsome_JJ
masseur_NN
virgil_NP
(_(
val_NP
kilmer_NN
)_)
,_,
only_RB
to_IN
find_NN
out_RP
later_JJR
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
actually_RB
blind_JJ
._.
amy_NP
doesn't_DOZ
really_RB
care_VB
if_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
handicap_NN
or_CC
not_XNOT
,_,
and_CC
begins_VBZ
to_TO
spend_VB
time_NN
with_IN
him_PP
more_DT
and_CC
more_DT
until_CS
they_PP
finally_RB
start_VB
to_IN
fall_NN
in_IN
love_NN
._.
once_RB
she_PP
has_HVZ
returned_VBN
to_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
,_,
amy_NP
begins_VBZ
to_IN
research_NN
on_IN
virgil_NP
's_POS
certain_JJ
type_NN
of_IN
retinal_JJ
blindness_NN
,_,
which_WDT
he_PP
has_HVZ
had_HVN
since_IN
three_CD
years_NNS
of_IN
age_NN
,_,
and_CC
out_RP
of_IN
a_DT
stroke_NN
of_IN
luck_NN
,_,
comes_VBZ
into_IN
contact_NN
with_IN
a_DT
doctor_NN
(_(
bruce_NP
davison_NP
)_)
who_WP
believes_VBZ
he_PP
can_MD
repair_VB
virgil_NP
's_POS
sight_NN
,_,
even_RB
though_CS
there_EX
have_HV
only_RB
been_BEN
thirty_CD
similar_JJ
cases_NNS
in_IN
history_NN
._.
at_IN
first_OD
reluctant_JJ
,_,
virgil_NP
finally_RB
travels_VBZ
with_IN
amy_NP
to_IN
nyc_???
and_CC
agrees_VBZ
to_TO
the_DT
surgery_NN
,_,
much_DT
to_IN
the_DT
hesitance_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
overbearing_NN
,_,
but_CC
loving_JJ
older_JJR
sister_NN
(_(
kelly_NP
mcgillis_NP
)_)
._.
ultimately_RB
,_,
the_DT
surgery_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
success_NN
,_,
but_CC
problems_NNS
arise_VB
since_CS
virgil_NP
cannot_NP
relate_VB
to_TO
what_WDT
he_PP
sees_VBZ
,_,
since_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
never_RB
visually_RB
seen_VBN
anything_PN
before_IN
,_,
only_RB
touched_VBD
objects_NNS
._.
he_PP
moves_VBZ
into_IN
amy_NP
's_POS
apartment_NN
and_CC
she_PP
is_BEZ
eager_JJ
to_TO
stand_VB
by_IN
him_PP
,_,
but_CC
virgil_NP
's_POS
maladjustment_NN
begins_VBZ
to_IN
put_VBN
a_DT
strain_NN
on_IN
their_PP$
relationship_NN
._.
on_IN
the_DT
basis_NN
of_IN
the_DT
overall_JJ
story_NN
,_,
"_"
at_IN
first_OD
sight_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
indeed_RB
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
has_HVZ
been_BEN
done_DON
many_DT
times_NNS
before_IN
,_,
and_CC
owes_VBZ
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
to_IN
its_PP$
predecessor_NN
,_,
"_"
awakenings_NNS
._.
"_"
what_WDT
will_MD
happen_VB
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
can_MD
also_RB
be_BE
easily_RB
telegraphed_VBN
in_IN
advance_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
what_WDT
helps_VBZ
"_"
at_IN
first_OD
sight_NN
"_"
rise_NN
above_IN
this_DT
predictability_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
mature_JJ
and_CC
intelligent_JJ
relationship_NN
that_CS
develops_VBZ
between_IN
virgil_NP
and_CC
amy_NP
._.
usually_RB
,_,
romantic_JJ
pictures_NNS
are_BER
of_IN
the_DT
shameless_NN
puppy-dog_NN
sort_NN
(_(
the_DT
recent_JJ
tom_NP
hanks_NP
/_SYM
meg_NP
ryan-starrer_NN
"_"
you've_???
got_VBD
mail_NN
"_"
immediately_RB
pops_VBZ
to_IN
mind_NN
)_)
,_,
but_CC
with_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
i_PP
grew_VBD
to_IN
care_NN
more_DT
about_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
and_CC
their_PP$
plight_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
starts_VBZ
off_IN
noticably_RB
well_RB
as_CS
amy_NP
travels_NNS
up_RP
north_NN
and_CC
first_OD
meets_VBZ
virgil_NP
._.
the_DT
massaging_VBG
sequences_NNS
were_BED
strangely_RB
erotic_JJ
,_,
maybe_RB
even_RB
more_DT
so_RB
than_CS
the_DT
later_RBR
actual_JJ
"_"
love_NN
scenes_NNS
,_,
"_"
and_CC
as_CS
their_PP$
romantic_JJ
involvement_NN
quickly_RB
developed_VBN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
both_RB
entertaining_JJ
and_CC
sweet_JJ
,_,
and_CC
there_EX
was_BEDZ
clearly_RB
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
chemistry_NN
between_IN
the_DT
two_CD
._.
these_DT
joyous_JJ
moments_NNS
early_JJ
on_IN
balanced_JJ
out_RP
well_RB
with_IN
the_DT
later_RBR
scenes_NNS
in_CD
which_WDT
their_PP$
relationship_NN
is_BEZ
seriously_RB
tested_VBN
due_JJ
to_IN
a_DT
contrast_NN
in_IN
the_DT
life_NN
styles_NNS
that_CS
they_PP
have_HV
always_RB
known_VBN
,_,
with_IN
virgil_NP
completely_RB
used_VBN
to_IN
being_BEG
blind_JJ
and_CC
having_HVG
a_DT
comforting_JJ
,_,
peaceful_JJ
life_NN
in_IN
the_DT
country_NN
to_IN
amy_NP
's_POS
eventful_JJ
life_NN
in_IN
the_DT
"_"
big_JJ
city_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
other_JJ
major_JJ
compliment_NN
that_CS
must_MD
be_BE
given_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
are_BER
the_DT
nearly_RB
flawless_JJ
performances_NNS
across_IN
the_DT
board_NN
._.
val_NP
kilmer_NN
,_,
usually_RB
cast_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
"_"
macho_JJ
"_"
type_NN
of_IN
role_NN
,_,
was_BEDZ
always_RB
believable_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
blind_JJ
person_NN
,_,
and_CC
playing_VBG
his_PP$
character_NN
was_BEDZ
probably_RB
a_DT
little_JJ
more_DT
tricky_JJ
than_CS
it_PP
appears_VBZ
._.
it_PP
was_BEDZ
up_RP
to_IN
kilmer_NN
to_IN
not_XNOT
come_VB
off_IN
as_CS
someone_PN
to_IN
pity_NN
,_,
but_CC
to_IN
sympathize_JJ
with_IN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
pulled_VBD
it_PP
off_RP
._.
mira_???
sorvino_NN
,_,
who_WP
made_VBD
a_DT
spectacular_JJ
debuting_NN
splash_NN
in_IN
1995_CD
's_POS
hilarious_JJ
woody_JJ
allen_NP
comedy_NN
,_,
"_"
mighty_JJ
aphrodite_NN
,_,
"_"
for_IN
which_WDT
she_PP
won_VBD
a_DT
well-deserved_JJ
oscar_NP
as_IN
a_DT
kind-hearted_VBN
,_,
but_CC
ditzy_???
hooker_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
standout_NN
here_RB
._.
although_CS
she_PP
has_HVZ
made_VBN
some_DT
mediocre_JJ
film_NN
choices_NNS
since_CS
then_RB
(_(
1998_CD
's_NNS
"_"
mimic_NN
,_,
"_"
1998_CD
's_BEZ
"_"
the_DT
replacement_NN
killers_NNS
"_"
)_)
,_,
she_PP
always_RB
has_HVZ
managed_VBN
to_IN
come_VB
out_RP
unscathed_JJ
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
with_IN
"_"
at_IN
first_OD
sight_NN
"_"
that_CS
she_PP
finally_RB
has_HVZ
another_DT
juicy_JJ
role_NN
to_IN
play_NN
._.
in_IN
a_DT
truthful_JJ
climactic_JJ
scene_NN
set_NN
in_IN
amy_NP
's_POS
apartment_NN
between_IN
she_PP
and_CC
virgil_NP
,_,
sorvino_NP
proves_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
gifted_JJ
young_JJ
actresses_NNS
around_IN
today_RB
,_,
and_CC
has_HVZ
a_DT
flare_NN
for_IN
both_PDT
comedic_JJ
and_CC
dramatic_JJ
pieces_NNS
._.
kelly_NP
mcgillis_NP
,_,
who_WP
could_MD
have_HV
easily_RB
come_VBN
off_IN
as_IN
the_DT
"_"
bad_JJ
,_,
"_"
one-dimensional_JJ
sister_NN
,_,
instead_RB
is_BEZ
also_RB
given_VBN
an_DT
unexpectedly_RB
multifaceted_VBN
character_NN
to_IN
play_NN
as_IN
a_DT
woman_NN
who_WP
may_MD
be_BE
overly_RB
protective_JJ
but_CC
simply_RB
cares_VBZ
for_IN
her_PP$
brother_NN
._.
finally_RB
,_,
nathan_NP
lane_NN
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
usually_RB
a_DT
little_JJ
too_RB
over-the-top_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
appropriately_RB
restrained_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
vision_NN
therapist_NN
._.
the_DT
one_CD
misstep_NN
of_IN
"_"
at_IN
first_OD
sight_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
in_IN
its_PP$
treatment_NN
of_IN
the_DT
medical_JJ
procedure_NN
done_DON
on_IN
virgil_NP
._.
very_RB
little_JJ
is_BEZ
ever_RB
said_VBD
or_CC
discussed_VBN
concerning_IN
it_PP
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
the_DT
surgery_NN
occurs_VBZ
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
so_RB
briefly_RB
glimpsed_VBN
at_IN
that_DT
it_PP
is_BEZ
impossible_JJ
to_TO
see_VB
what_WDT
is_BEZ
being_BEG
done_DON
to_IN
his_PP$
eyes_NNS
._.
perhaps_RB
the_DT
reason_NN
this_DT
aspect_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
not_XNOT
more_DT
in-depth_JJ
was_BEDZ
that_CS
the_DT
makers_NNS
were_BED
afraid_JJ
it_NN
would_MD
gross_JJ
out_RP
audiences_NNS
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
would_MD
personally_RB
take_VB
realism_NN
,_,
even_RB
if_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
graphic_JJ
,_,
any_DT
day_NN
over_IN
simply_RB
giving_VBG
the_DT
explanation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
surgery_NN
the_DT
cold_JJ
shoulder_NN
._.
in_IN
"_"
awakenings_NNS
,_,
"_"
the_DT
patients_NNS
and_CC
illness_NN
were_BED
far_RB
more_RBR
satisfyingly_RB
portrayed_VBN
._.
because_CS
of_IN
how_WRB
strong_JJ
the_DT
screenplay_NN
,_,
written_VBN
by_IN
steve_NP
levitt_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
it_PP
deals_VBZ
with_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
relationship_NN
,_,
and_CC
because_CS
of_IN
the_DT
fabulous_JJ
performances_NNS
from_IN
kilmer_NN
and_CC
sorvino_NP
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
few_DT
problems_NNS
can_MD
be_BE
swept_VBN
over_IN
to_IN
the_DT
side_NN
._.
the_DT
adult_NN
way_NN
that_CS
the_DT
romance_NN
is_BEZ
depicted_VBN
by_IN
director_NN
irwin_NP
winkler_NP
is_BEZ
,_,
no_DT
doubt_NN
,_,
in_IN
respect_NN
to_IN
the_DT
real-life_JJ
couple_NN
that_CS
the_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
inspired_VBN
by_IN
,_,
who_NP
are_BER
still_RB
together_RB
after_IN
many_DT
years_NNS
(_(
even_RB
though_CS
the_DT
setting_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
changed_VBN
to_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
)_)
._.
since_CS
january_NP
is_BEZ
usually_RB
the_DT
time_NN
of_IN
year_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
known_VBN
as_IN
the_DT
dumping_NN
ground_NN
from_IN
bad_JJ
movies_NNS
,_,
"_"
at_IN
first_OD
sight_NN
"_"
comes_VBZ
as_IN
a_DT
refreshing_JJ
and_CC
sophisticated_JJ
change_NN
of_IN
pace_NN
._.