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losing_VBG
a_DT
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is_BEZ
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an_DT
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._.
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._.
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a_DT
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,_,
actually_RB
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._.
this_DT
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case_NN
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sam_NP
baily_NN
-_-
john_NP
travolta_???
's_BEZ
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average-joe_???
persona_NP
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city_NN
._.
"_"
i_PP
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,_,
"_"
sam_NP
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of_IN
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._.
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,_,
sam_NP
was_BEDZ
a_DT
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this_DT
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,_,
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of_IN
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,_,
sam_NP
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a_DT
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._.
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to_IN
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his_PP$
ex-boss_RB
,_,
museum_NN
director_NN
mrs_NN
._.
banks_NNS
(_(
blythe_NP
danner_NN
)_)
,_,
to_IN
"_"
just_RB
listen_VB
"_"
,_,
he_PP
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the_DT
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a_DT
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,_,
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a_DT
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of_IN
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._.
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-_-
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his_PP$
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,_,
his_PP$
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,_,
his_PP$
benefits_NNS
,_,
etc_RB
._.
,_,
his_PP$
wife_NN
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won't_MD
be_BE
provided_VBN
for_IN
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
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or_CC
a_DT
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,_,
he_PP
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a_DT
child_NN
-_-
panicky_JJ
,_,
compulsive_JJ
,_,
and_CC
running_VBG
on_IN
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-_-
and_CC
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let_VB
go_VB
._.
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,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
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you_PP
and_CC
me_PP
-_-
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view_NN
the_DT
line_NN
we'd_???
deem_VB
"_"
far_RB
enough_RB
"_"
as_CS
the_DT
starting_NN
mark_NN
of_IN
some_DT
crazy_JJ
race_NN
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
television_NN
reporter_NN
max_NP
brackett_NP
(_(
dustin_NP
hoffman_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
also_RB
on_IN
the_DT
scene_NN
._.
covering_VBG
a_DT
"_"
fluff_JJ
"_"
story_NN
for_IN
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the_DT
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,_,
max_NP
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in_IN
the_DT
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of_IN
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story_NN
he_PP
ever_RB
could've_???
hoped_VBD
for_IN
._.
having_HVG
been_BEN
demoted_VBN
from_IN
network_NN
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to_IN
smalltime_NN
affiliate_NN
reporting_NN
,_,
max_NP
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anxious_JJ
to_TO
turn_VB
this_DT
into_IN
his_PP$
,_,
and_CC
only_RB
his_PP$
,_,
story_NN
._.
max_NP
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sam_NP
._.
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sam_NP
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for_IN
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the_DT
phone_NN
._.
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first_OD
,_,
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stretch_VB
beyond_IN
high_JJ
ratings_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
good_JJ
boost_NN
to_IN
the_DT
ole_???
pride_NN
factor_NN
,_,
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he_PP
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to_IN
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sam_NP
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,_,
he_PP
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to_IN
sympathize_JJ
and_CC
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somewhat_RB
of_IN
an_DT
advocate_NN
for_IN
him_PP
._.
the_DT
media_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
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frenzy_NN
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the_DT
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a_DT
diesel_NN
truck_NN
moving_VBG
downhill_RB
._.
the_DT
accidental_JJ
shooting_NN
of_IN
ex-co-_???
worker_NN
cliff_NN
(_(
bill_NN
nunn_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
black_JJ
security_NN
guard_NN
,_,
becomes_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
factors_NNS
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the_DT
controversy_NN
over_IN
sam_NP
's_POS
honest_JJ
ambitions_NNS
._.
also_RB
involved_JJ
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
are_BER
robert_NP
prosky_NN
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lou_NP
potts_NP
,_,
head_NN
of_IN
the_DT
news_NN
department_NN
of_IN
the_DT
station_NN
max_NP
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directly_RB
under_IN
,_,
and_CC
alan_NP
alda_???
as_CS
the_DT
nationally_RB
famed_JJ
reporter_NN
kevin_NP
hollander_NN
,_,
who_WP
uses_VBZ
his_PP$
network_NN
power_NN
to_IN
try_NN
and_CC
outshine_JJ
max_NP
._.
alda_???
and_CC
prosky_NN
both_RB
turn_VB
in_IN
fine_JJ
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fit_VB
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on_IN
their_PP$
acting_JJ
abilities_NNS
._.
then_RB
there_EX
is_BEZ
mia_???
kirshner_FW
,_,
who_NP
plays_VBZ
the_DT
young_JJ
tv_NN
station_NN
intern_NN
laurie_NP
._.
she_PP
falls_VBZ
under_IN
max_NP
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wings_NNS
only_RB
to_IN
become_VB
a_NP
student_NN
taught_VBD
too_RB
well_RB
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
of_IN
sensationalistic_JJ
reporting_NN
._.
kirshner_NN
's_POS
credits_NNS
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relatively_RB
small_JJ
for_IN
now_RB
,_,
including_IN
roles_NNS
in_IN
films_NNS
like_IN
exotica_NP
and_CC
the_DT
forgettable_JJ
sequel_NN
to_IN
the_DT
crow_NP
._.
still_RB
,_,
kirshner_NN
's_POS
character_NN
transformation_NN
shows_VBZ
that_CS
she_PP
has_HVZ
shining_JJ
ability_NN
to_IN
play_NN
both_RB
good_JJ
girl_NN
and_CC
kinda-bitchy-in-a-reserved-way_NN
roles_NNS
._.
i_PP
wouldn't_MD
mind_VB
seeing_VBG
her_PP$
in_CD
some_DT
more_DT
prevalent_JJ
parts_NNS
,_,
where_CS
perhaps_RB
her_PP
talent_NN
will_MD
be_BE
able_JJ
to_TO
blossom_NN
more_DT
fully_RB
onscreen_IN
._.
while_CS
the_DT
viewpoint_NN
of_IN
the_DT
media_NN
as_IN
a_DT
greedy_JJ
,_,
self-righteous_JJ
monster_NN
has_HVZ
indeed_RB
been_BEN
tackled_VBN
before_IN
,_,
mad_JJ
city_NN
provides_VBZ
a_DT
solid_JJ
two_CD
hours_NNS
of_IN
enjoyability_NN
._.
hoffman_NP
and_CC
travolta_???
are_BER
both_PDT
excellent_JJ
actors_NNS
,_,
and_CC
seeing_VBG
them_PP
together_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
real_JJ
treat_NN
._.
they_PP
both_RB
do_DO
a_DT
great_JJ
job_NN
at_IN
smoothly_RB
and_CC
naturally_RB
becoming_VBG
their_PP$
characters_NNS
,_,
and_CC
they_PP
provide_VB
enough_RB
chemistry_NN
for_IN
us_NP
to_IN
genuinely_RB
care_NN
for_IN
both_PDT
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
quite_RB
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
humor_NN
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
without_IN
it_PP
,_,
it_PP
could've_???
fallen_JJ
into_IN
a_DT
drab_JJ
,_,
cliched_JJ
social_JJ
statement_NN
more_DT
likely_JJ
to_IN
garner_NP
sleep_NN
from_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
than_CS
applause_NN
._.
this_DT
isn't_BEZ
a_DT
flick_NN
that_CS
will_MD
grip_VB
at_IN
both_PDT
your_PP$
funny_JJ
bone_NN
and_CC
your_PP$
heart_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
will_MD
lightly_RB
touch_VB
both_RB
,_,
making_VBG
for_IN
a_DT
recommendable_JJ
movie_NN
._.
if_CS
for_IN
nothing_PN
more_DT
than_CS
the_DT
opportunity_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
both_RB
hoffman_NP
and_CC
travolta_???
at_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
,_,
i_PP
urge_VB
you_PP
to_IN
check_NN
this_DT
one_CD
out_RP
._.