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in_IN
the_DT
company_NN
of_IN
men_NNS
made_VBN
a_DT
splash_NN
at_IN
the_DT
sundance_NN
film_NN
festival_NN
because_CS
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
year_NN
plagued_VBN
by_IN
brothers_NNS
mcmullen-style_JJ
,_,
earnestly_RB
shallow_JJ
gen-x_???
angst_NN
pictures_NNS
,_,
it_PP
seemed_VBD
to_IN
be_BE
actually_RB
about_IN
something_PN
._.
it_PP
angered_VBN
people_NN
,_,
started_VBD
arguments_NNS
outside_IN
the_DT
theater_NN
,_,
riled_VBN
things_NNS
up_RP
._.
it_PP
ignited_VBN
a_DT
spark_NN
of_IN
excitement_NN
in_IN
what_WDT
otherwise_RB
has_HVZ
been_BEN
a_DT
disappointing_JJ
year_NN
for_IN
independent_JJ
film_NN
._.
having_HVG
endured_VBN
my_PP$
share_NN
of_IN
the_DT
hype_NN
,_,
i_PP
waited_VBD
calmly_RB
for_IN
men_NNS
to_IN
reach_NN
the_DT
hinterlands_NNS
wherein_WRB
i_PP
reside_VB
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
checked_VBN
in_IN
to_IN
see_NN
what_WDT
all_PDT
the_DT
fuss_NN
was_BEDZ
about_IN
._.
does_DOZ
men_NNS
live_JJ
up_IN
to_IN
its_PP$
press_NN
?_?
well_RB
,_,
yes_UH
it_PP
does_DOZ
._.
and_CC
it_PP
may_MD
make_VB
you_PP
think_VB
twice_RB
before_IN
you_PP
consider_VB
dating_VBG
anyone_PN
your_PP$
office_NN
._.
for_IN
the_DT
uninitiated_JJ
,_,
newcomers_NNS
aaron_NP
eckhart_NP
and_CC
matt_NP
malloy_VB
play_NN
chad_NP
and_CC
howard_NP
,_,
two_CD
corporate_JJ
drones_NNS
who_WP
are_BER
dispatched_VBN
by_IN
their_PP$
nameless_JJ
company_NN
to_IN
a_DT
remote_JJ
branch_NN
office_NN
for_IN
a_DT
six_CD
week_NN
assignment_NN
._.
chad_NP
and_CC
howard_NP
are_BER
archetypes_NNS
,_,
examples_NNS
of_IN
which_WDT
you_PP
can_MD
no_DT
doubt_NN
find_VB
in_IN
your_PP$
own_DT
place_NN
of_IN
business_NN
._.
chad_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
blond_JJ
golden_JJ
boy_NN
,_,
genetically_RB
engineered_VBD
for_IN
success_NN
,_,
the_DT
natural_JJ
charmer_NN
who_WP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
glide_NN
effortlessly_RB
up_RP
the_DT
corporate_JJ
ladder_NN
._.
howard_NP
is_BEZ
chad_NP
's_POS
boss_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
is_BEZ
weaker_JJR
of_IN
will_NN
,_,
the_DT
clumsy_JJ
practitioner_NN
of_IN
office_NN
politics_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
achieved_VBN
his_PP$
position_NN
through_IN
dogged_JJ
persistence_NN
rather_RB
than_CS
raw_JJ
talent_NN
._.
we_PP
first_OD
meet_VB
them_PP
awaiting_VBG
their_PP$
flight_NN
in_IN
a_DT
drab_JJ
airport_NN
lounge_NN
._.
there_EX
chad_NP
suggests_VBZ
a_DT
scheme_NN
worthy_NN
of_IN
a_DT
shakespearean_JJ
villain_NN
:_:
he_PP
and_CC
howard_NP
will_MD
find_VB
a_DT
vulnerable_JJ
single_JJ
woman_NN
at_IN
the_DT
branch_NN
office_NN
,_,
woo_VB
her_PP$
simultaneously_RB
,_,
win_VB
her_PP$
love_NN
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
dump_NN
her_PP$
._.
the_DT
reason_NN
?_?
both_RB
men_NNS
have_HV
recently_RB
been_BEN
dumped_VBN
themselves_PPX
,_,
and_CC
chad_NP
sees_VBZ
an_DT
easy_JJ
route_NN
to_IN
revenge_NN
against_IN
the_DT
fairer_JJR
sex_NN
._.
"_"
it'll_???
restore_VB
a_DT
little_JJ
dignity_NN
to_IN
our_PP$
lives_NNS
,_,
"_"
he_PP
says_VBZ
._.
howard_NP
,_,
helpless_JJ
against_IN
the_DT
force_NN
of_IN
chad_NP
's_POS
will_NN
,_,
agrees_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
plan_NN
._.
they_PP
quickly_RB
spot_NN
their_PP$
prey_NN
in_IN
the_DT
form_NN
of_IN
christine_NP
(_(
stacy_NN
edwards_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
fragile_JJ
deaf_JJ
woman_NN
working_VBG
as_IN
a_DT
temp_NN
._.
chad_NP
moves_VBZ
in_IN
for_IN
the_DT
kill_NN
,_,
flashing_VBG
his_PP$
golden_JJ
boy_NN
smile_NN
,_,
plying_VBG
christine_NP
with_IN
lunch_NN
,_,
then_RB
flowers_NNS
,_,
then_RB
dinner_NN
._.
howard_NP
follows_VBZ
suit_NN
,_,
though_CS
his_PP$
efforts_NNS
are_BER
in_IN
contrast_NN
ham-handed_VBN
and_CC
desperate_JJ
._.
flattered_JJ
to_IN
have_HV
the_DT
attention_NN
of_IN
two_CD
eligible_JJ
men_NNS
,_,
christine_NP
dates_NNS
them_PP
both_RB
._.
you_PP
can_MD
guess_VB
which_WDT
one_CD
she_PP
falls_VBZ
for_IN
._.
soon_RB
a_DT
tragic_JJ
lovers_NNS
'_"
triangle_NN
develops_VBZ
:_:
christine_NP
loves_VBZ
chad_NP
,_,
chad_NP
loves_VBZ
himself_PPX
,_,
and_CC
howard_NP
loves_VBZ
christine_NP
on_IN
the_DT
grounds_NNS
that_CS
,_,
since_CS
she_PP
's_BEZ
handicapped_VBN
and_CC
shy_JJ
,_,
she_PP
just_RB
might_MD
be_BE
wretched_JJ
and_CC
lonely_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
settle_VB
for_IN
him_PP
._.
adult_NN
social_JJ
interaction_NN
never_RB
really_RB
progresses_VBZ
beyond_IN
the_DT
level_NN
of_IN
junior_JJ
high_JJ
,_,
does_DOZ
it_PP
?_?
in_IN
chad_NP
,_,
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
labute_NN
and_CC
actor_NN
eckhart_NP
have_HV
created_VBN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
chilling_JJ
monsters_NNS
ever_RB
committed_VBN
to_IN
film-hannibal_JJ
lector_NN
may_MD
eat_VB
human_JJ
flesh_NN
,_,
but_CC
chad_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
eater_NN
of_IN
souls_NNS
._.
his_PP$
evil_NN
is_BEZ
as_CS
subtle_JJ
as_IN
a_DT
viper_NN
's_POS
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
easy_JJ
as_IN
his_PP$
smile_NN
._.
we_PP
watch_VB
in_IN
stunned_JJ
disbelief_NN
as_IN
he_PP
back-stabs_???
coworkers_FW
,_,
humiliates_NNS
his_PP$
subordinates_NNS
,_,
and_CC
works_NN
his_PP$
deadly_JJ
venom_NN
into_IN
christine_NP
's_POS
heart_NN
._.
his_PP$
character_NN
would_MD
be_BE
a_DT
joke_NN
if_CS
he_PP
wasn't_BEDZ
so_RB
chillingly_RB
real-_???
all_PDT
of_IN
us_PP
have_HV
worked_VBN
with_IN
a_DT
chad_NP
,_,
and_CC
some_DT
of_IN
us_PP
may_MD
be_BE
him_PP
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
guy_NN
who_WP
takes_VBZ
your_PP$
job_NN
and_CC
then_RB
laughs_VBZ
at_IN
you_PP
for_IN
your_PP$
weakness_NN
._.
if_CS
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
co-workers_NNS
should_MD
happen_VB
to_IN
go_NN
postal_JJ
and_CC
walk_VB
into_IN
the_DT
office_NN
with_IN
a_DT
bag_NN
full_JJ
of_IN
handguns_NNS
,_,
he_PP
had_HVD
best_RBS
have_HV
his_PP$
escape_NN
route_NN
clearly_RB
in_IN
mind_NN
._.
politics_NN
is_BEZ
his_PP$
game_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
modern_JJ
cubicle-filled_JJ
office_NN
is_BEZ
his_PP$
playground_NN
._.
men_NNS
wears_VBZ
the_DT
guise_NN
of_IN
a_DT
black_JJ
comedy_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
functions_NNS
best_JJS
as_CS
allegory_NN
._.
the_DT
most_DT
controversial_JJ
moment_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
happens_VBZ
when_CS
chad_NP
humiliates_NNS
a_DT
black_JJ
temp_NN
by_IN
asking_VBG
him_PP
how_WRB
badly_RB
he_PP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
succeed_VB
in_IN
the_DT
company_NN
,_,
then_RB
forces_NNS
him_PP
to_TO
prove_VB
it_PP
in_IN
a_DT
manner_NN
i_PP
won't_MD
describe_VB
._.
the_DT
scene_NN
is_BEZ
charged_VBN
with_IN
racism_NN
and_CC
fraught_JJ
with_IN
peril_NN
._.
could_MD
it_PP
happen_VB
in_IN
the_DT
real_JJ
world_NN
?_?
probably_RB
not_XNOT
._.
taken_VBN
as_IN
allegory_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
representative_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
treatment_NN
of_IN
the_DT
meek_JJ
by_IN
the_DT
powerful_JJ
in_IN
all_PDT
facets_NNS
of_IN
society_NN
._.
maybe_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
just_RB
the_DT
english_JJ
major_JJ
in_IN
me_PP
,_,
but_CC
chad_NP
,_,
in_IN
his_PP$
motiveless_NN
cruelty_NN
towards_IN
christine_NP
and_CC
his_PP$
careful_JJ
manipulation_NN
of_IN
howard_NP
,_,
can_MD
be_BE
seen_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
symbol_NN
of_IN
unbridled_JJ
capitalism_NN
,_,
of_IN
greed_NN
without_IN
conscience_NN
._.
the_DT
entire_JJ
film_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
metaphor_NN
for_IN
social_JJ
darwinism-_???
only_JJ
the_DT
strong_JJ
will_MD
survive_VB
._.
the_DT
marvel_NN
of_IN
labute_NN
's_POS
multi-layered_JJ
script_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
it_PP
can_MD
disturb_VB
each_DT
member_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
audience_NN
in_IN
an_DT
entirely_RB
different_JJ
way_NN
._.
but_CC
does_DOZ
the_DT
film_NN
work_NN
as_IN
entertainment_NN
?_?
its_PP$
darned_JJ
funny_JJ
in_IN
spots_NNS
,_,
particularly_RB
in_IN
the_DT
men_NNS
's_POS
room_NN
scenes_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
demonstrate_VB
the_DT
lengths_NNS
to_IN
which_WDT
guys_NNS
will_MD
go_VB
to_IN
hold_NN
a_DT
conversation_NN
while_CS
engaged_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
most_DT
basic_JJ
of_IN
bodily_JJ
functions_NNS
._.
it_PP
works_VBZ
less_DT
well_RB
as_CS
drama_NN
,_,
since_CS
by_IN
necessity_NN
the_DT
characters_NNS
in_IN
an_DT
allegory_NN
tend_VB
to_IN
be_BE
flat_JJ
ciphers_NNS
._.
stacy_NN
edwards_NP
gives_VBZ
a_DT
measured_JJ
dignity_NN
to_IN
christine_NP
,_,
and_CC
succeeds_VBZ
in_IN
making_VBG
us_PP
care_NN
for_IN
her_PP$
,_,
but_CC
by_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
we_PP
still_RB
know_VB
nothing_PN
about_IN
her_PP$
._.
likewise_RB
,_,
chad_NP
and_CC
howard_NP
are_BER
simply_RB
the_DT
sum_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
actions_NNS
._.
by_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
you'll_???
feel_NN
as_IN
if_CS
you've_???
met_VBD
a_DT
genuine_JJ
monster_NN
in_IN
chad_NP
;_;
perhaps_RB
we_PP
can_MD
also_RB
classify_VB
men_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
horror_NN
film_NN
._.
certainly_RB
those_DT
expecting_VBG
a_DT
conventional_JJ
hollywood_NP
resolution_NN
to_IN
the_DT
story_NN
will_MD
walk_VB
away_RB
disappointed_JJ
._.
but_CC
the_DT
picture_NN
is_BEZ
often_RB
mesmerizing_VBG
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
script_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
work_NN
of_IN
fine_JJ
craftsmanship_NN
,_,
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
it_PP
well_RB
worth_IN
your_PP$
time_NN
._.
like_IN
all_PDT
good_JJ
films_NNS
,_,
it_PP
offers_VBZ
a_DT
myriad_NN
of_IN
parallels_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
outside_JJ
world_NN
._.
while_CS
watching_VBG
chad_NP
in_IN
his_PP$
moment_NN
of_IN
triumph_NN
,_,
i_PP
couldn't_MD
help_VB
but_CC
think_VB
that_DT
bill_NN
gates_NNS
must_MD
have_HV
felt_VBN
the_DT
same_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
cold_JJ
,_,
merciless_JJ
satisfaction_NN
when_CS
he_PP
finally_RB
stuck_VBD
it_PP
to_IN
steve_NP
jobs_NNS
._.
there_EX
may_MD
be_BE
a_DT
little_JJ
bit_NN
of_IN
chad_NP
in_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
us_PP
,_,
but_CC
some_DT
of_IN
us_PP
have_HV
taken_VBN
chad-ness_NN
to_IN
the_DT
level_NN
of_IN
art_NN
._.