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are_BER
we_PP
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fate_NN
in_IN
life_NN
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own_DT
destiny_NN
?_?
director_NN
/_SYM
writer_NN
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anderson_NP
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be_BE
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yes_UH
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both_PDT
questions_NNS
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his_PP$
witty_JJ
film_NN
"_"
next_OD
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wonderland_NP
"_"
._.
the_DT
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,_,
alan_NP
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erin_???
,_,
spend_VB
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orbit_NN
,_,
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one_CD
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,_,
yet_RB
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the_DT
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._.
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each_DT
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puts_VBZ
them_PP
together_RB
?_?
does_DOZ
this_DT
predestination_NN
carry_VB
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to_IN
all_PDT
aspects_NNS
of_IN
life_NN
?_?
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
starts_VBZ
,_,
erin_???
castleton_NP
(_)
hope_NN
davis_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
melancholy_NN
29-_CD
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old_JJ
late_JJ
shift_NN
nurse_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
ending_VBG
her_PP$
live-in_???
relationship_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
boyfriend_NN
(_(
hoffman_NP
)_)
._.
rather_RB
,_,
he_PP
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with_IN
her_PP$
._.
arriving_VBG
home_NN
from_IN
work_NN
,_,
erin_???
finds_NNS
her_PP$
boyfriend_NN
parked_VBN
in_IN
front_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
apartment_NN
,_,
car_NN
packed_JJ
with_IN
his_PP$
belongings_NNS
._.
in_IN
a_DT
fumbling_NN
,_,
amusing_VBG
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self_NN
deluding_VBG
ramble_JJ
,_,
he_PP
instructs_NNS
erin_???
to_TO
watch_VB
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videotape_NN
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's_BEZ
made_VBN
detailing_VBG
why_WRB
their_PP$
relationship_NN
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doomed_VBN
to_IN
fail_VB
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why_WRB
he_PP
's_BEZ
leaving_VBG
._.
it_PP
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courage_NN
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rails_NNS
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about_IN
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his_PP$
life_NN
and_CC
taking_VBG
a_DT
stand_NN
,_,
all_PDT
the_DT
while_NN
backpedaling_VBG
his_PP$
way_NN
out_RP
of_IN
their_PP$
relationship_NN
._.
he_PP
then_RB
flees_NNS
the_DT
scene_NN
with_IN
the_DT
grace_NN
of_IN
an_DT
inept_JJ
thief_NN
._.
erin_???
's_BEZ
mother_NN
(_(
holland_NP
taylor_NP
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
surprisingly_RB
effective_JJ
,_,
small_JJ
role_NN
)_)
,_,
fearing_VBG
that_CS
her_PP
daughter_NN
will_MD
be_BE
without_IN
a_DT
man_NN
in_IN
her_PP$
life_NN
,_,
takes_VBZ
out_RP
a_DT
personal_JJ
ad_NN
for_IN
erin_???
._.
to_TO
erin_???
's_BEZ
embarrassed_JJ
horror_NN
,_,
the_DT
ad_NN
describes_VBZ
her_PP$
as_CS
a_DT
"_"
frisky_NN
,_,
cultured_JJ
,_,
carefree_NN
professional_JJ
with_IN
a_DT
zest_NN
for_IN
life_NN
"_"
._.
eventually_RB
,_,
erin_???
responds_VBZ
to_TO
the_DT
tidal_JJ
wave_NN
of_IN
responses_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
for_IN
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
humorous_JJ
,_,
telling_VBG
moments_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
as_IN
she_PP
meets_VBZ
prospective_JJ
suitors_NNS
and_CC
"_"
poseurs_NNS
"_"
._.
alan_NP
,_,
a_DT
plumber_NN
and_CC
aspiring_VBG
marine_JJ
biologist_NN
,_,
first_OD
spots_NNS
erin_???
as_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
cleaning_NN
the_DT
inside_NN
glass_NN
of_IN
a_DT
fish_NN
tank_NN
at_IN
the_DT
boston_NP
aquarium_NN
._.
wearing_VBG
a_DT
wet_JJ
suit_NN
and_CC
goggles_NNS
,_,
he_PP
follows_VBZ
erin_???
from_IN
window_NN
to_IN
window_NN
,_,
separated_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
glass_NN
as_IN
erin_???
,_,
oblivious_JJ
to_IN
his_PP$
gaze_NN
,_,
enjoys_VBZ
the_DT
fish_NN
._.
later_RBR
,_,
we_PP
see_VB
him_PP
on_IN
a_DT
train_NN
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she_PP
sits_VBZ
on_IN
a_DT
platform_NN
outside_IN
,_,
mere_JJ
feet_NNS
away_RB
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
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it_PP
's_BEZ
entirety_NN
having_HVG
their_PP$
paths_NNS
circle_NN
each_DT
other_JJ
without_IN
crossing_VBG
._.
there_EX
are_BER
several_DT
subplots_NNS
involving_VBG
alan_NP
._.
one_CD
concerns_NNS
his_PP$
attempts_NNS
to_IN
get_VB
on_IN
the_DT
job_NN
track_NN
at_IN
the_DT
boston_NP
aquarium_NN
,_,
thereby_RB
escaping_JJ
his_PP$
apparent_JJ
fate_NN
to_IN
carry_VB
on_IN
the_DT
family_NN
plumbing_NN
business_NN
._.
another_DT
subplot_NN
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his_PP$
father_NN
's_POS
desperate_JJ
attempts_NNS
to_IN
force_NN
fate_NN
's_POS
hand_NN
by_IN
gambling_NN
away_RB
his_PP$
life_NN
at_IN
the_DT
dog_NN
track_NN
._.
a_DT
distracting_VBG
focus_NN
is_BEZ
put_VBN
on_IN
alan_NP
's_POS
debt_NN
to_IN
a_DT
loan_NN
shark_NN
and_CC
the_DT
manner_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
he_PP
pays_VBZ
it_PP
off_RP
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
tries_VBZ
too_RB
hard_JJ
to_IN
make_NN
alan_NP
a_DT
likable_JJ
guy_NN
._.
thankfully_RB
,_,
his_PP$
dream-_???
guy_NN
persona_NP
is_BEZ
counterbalanced_VBN
by_IN
erin_???
's_NNS
distant_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
fundamentally_RB
hopeful_JJ
,_,
personality_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
moves_VBZ
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at_IN
an_DT
unhurried_JJ
pace_NN
,_,
albeit_CS
too_RB
much_DT
so_RB
in_IN
the_DT
latter_DT
third_OD
,_,
as_CS
we_PP
wait_VB
for_IN
the_DT
two_CD
to_IN
meet_VB
._.
co-writers_NNS
anderson_NP
and_CC
lyn_NP
vaus_???
throw_NN
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
possible_JJ
red_JJ
herrings_NNS
into_IN
the_DT
mix_NN
as_IN
the_DT
two_CD
find_VB
other_JJ
possible_JJ
relationships_NNS
._.
the_DT
films_NNS
shifts_NNS
into_IN
a_DT
much_DT
slower_RBR
gear_NN
as_IN
we_PP
wait_VB
for_IN
these_DT
romances_NNS
to_IN
blow_NN
over_IN
._.
when_CS
alan_NP
and_CC
erin_???
eventually_RB
do_DO
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,_,
we_PP
see_VB
that_CS
perhaps_RB
they_PP
both_RB
were_BED
destined_VBN
for_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
as_IN
they_PP
share_NN
a_DT
lingering_JJ
,_,
almost_RB
subliminally_RB
knowing_VBG
,_,
gaze_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
sweet_JJ
,_,
measured_JJ
moment_NN
._.
the_DT
disappointment_NN
comes_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
we've_???
come_VB
to_TO
know_VB
the_DT
pair_NN
,_,
yet_RB
we_PP
don't_DO
get_VB
to_IN
view_NN
their_PP$
impending_JJ
romance_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
inherent_JJ
belief_NN
in_IN
the_DT
subtle_JJ
persistence_NN
of_IN
fate_NN
and_CC
the_DT
wonder_NN
it_PP
can_MD
bring_VB
to_IN
one_CD
's_POS
life_NN
makes_VBZ
"_"
next_OD
stop_NN
wonderland_NP
"_"
a_DT
quiet_JJ
pleasure_NN
in_IN
a_DT
cinematic_JJ
landscape_NN
littered_VBN
with_IN
explosions_NNS
,_,
shallow_JJ
characters_NNS
and_CC
overdone_PN
special_JJ
effects_VBZ
._.