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steve_NP
soderbergh_NP
's_POS
"_"
sex_NN
,_,
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,_,
and_CC
videotape_NN
,_,
"_"
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the_DT
grand_JJ
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film_NN
festival_NN
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1989_CD
,_,
arguably_RB
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._.
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of_IN
$_???
2_CD
._.
2_CD
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,_,
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then_RB
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actors_NNS
,_,
it_PP
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provocative_JJ
,_,
thoroughly_RB
original_JJ
drama_NN
._.
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film_NN
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four_CD
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characters_NNS
,_,
all_PDT
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their_PP$
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20's-early_JJ
30_CD
's_NNS
._.
ann_NP
(_(
andie_NP
macdowell_NP
)_)
,_,
an_DT
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housewife_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
married_JJ
to_TO
john_NP
(_(
peter_NP
gallagher_NP
)_)
,_,
an_DT
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lawyer_NN
,_,
who_WP
,_,
unbeknownst_IN
to_IN
her_PP$
,_,
is_BEZ
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an_DT
affair_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
younger_JJR
sister_NN
,_,
cynthia_NN
(_(
laura_NN
san_NP
giacomo_NP
)_)
._.
complicating_JJ
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even_RB
worse_JJR
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graham_NP
(_(
james_NP
spader_NN
,_,
who_WP
won_VBD
best_JJS
actor_NN
at_IN
cannes_NNS
)_)
,_,
john_NP
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old_JJ
college_NN
buddy_JJ
,_,
who_WP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
stay_NN
at_IN
their_PP$
house_NN
._.
ann_NP
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won_VBN
over_IN
by_IN
him_PP
,_,
even_RB
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she_PP
clearly_RB
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stated_VBN
that_CS
she_PP
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little_JJ
interest_NN
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sex_NN
._.
that_CS
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the_DT
set-up_NN
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the_DT
last_OD
hour_NN
of_IN
the_DT
picture_NN
,_,
and_CC
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the_DT
film_NN
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entitled_VBN
,_,
"_"
sex_NN
,_,
lies_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
videotape_NN
,_,
"_"
it_PP
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best_JJS
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keep_VB
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
developments_NNS
at_IN
bay_NN
so_RB
that_CS
they_PP
will_MD
come_VB
as_IN
a_DT
genuine_JJ
surprise_NN
._.
director_NN
steven_NP
soderbergh_NP
has_HVZ
proven_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
wildly_RB
offbeat_NN
filmmaker_NN
,_,
ranging_VBG
from_IN
the_DT
independent_JJ
,_,
to_IN
the_DT
mainstream_JJ
(_(
1997_CD
's_NNS
"_"
out_RP
of_IN
sight_NN
"_"
)_)
,_,
to_IN
the_DT
downright_NN
kafkaesque_NN
(_(
1997_CD
's_NNS
"_"
schizopolis_NP
"_"
)_)
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
type_NN
of_IN
director_NN
who_WP
obviously_RB
takes_VBZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
chances_NNS
,_,
and_CC
believes_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
work_NN
that_CS
he_PP
does_DOZ
,_,
and_CC
,_,
"_"
sex_NN
,_,
lies_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
videotape_NN
,_,
"_"
is_BEZ
probably_RB
his_PP$
most_DT
confident_JJ
,_,
and_CC
maybe_RB
even_RB
best_JJS
,_,
to_IN
date_NN
._.
the_DT
performances_NNS
are_BER
superb_JJ
from_IN
all_PDT
four_CD
leads_NNS
,_,
but_CC
macdowell_NP
stands_VBZ
out_RP
in_IN
what_WDT
is_BEZ
probably_RB
the_DT
main_JJ
character_NN
._.
she_PP
is_BEZ
always_RB
a_DT
very_RB
winning_JJ
actress_NN
,_,
but_CC
this_DT
is_BEZ
probably_RB
her_PP$
most_DT
three-dimensional_JJ
role_NN
that_CS
she_PP
has_HVZ
had_HVN
(_(
with_IN
a_DT
close_JJ
second_NN
being_BEG
altman_JJ
's_BEZ
1993_CD
mosaic_NN
,_,
"_"
short_JJ
cuts_NNS
"_"
)_)
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
parts_NNS
are_BER
perfectly_RB
cast_VBN
as_IN
well_RB
,_,
from_IN
spader_NN
's_POS
ominous_JJ
graham_NP
,_,
to_IN
gallagher_NP
's_POS
self-involved_VBD
john_NP
,_,
to_IN
giacomo_NP
's_POS
outspoken_JJ
cynthia_NN
._.
the_DT
final_JJ
act_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
especially_RB
,_,
comes_VBZ
right_JJ
out_RP
of_IN
left_JJ
field_NN
,_,
and_CC
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out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
both_PDT
shocking_JJ
and_CC
oddly_RB
touching_VBG
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
criminal_JJ
to_TO
give_VB
away_RB
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
secrets_NNS
._.
suffice_VB
to_IN
say_NN
that_CS
,_,
through_IN
one_CD
powerful_JJ
sequence_NN
,_,
ann_NP
is_BEZ
able_JJ
to_TO
somewhat_RB
come_VB
out_RP
of_IN
her_PP$
shell_NN
,_,
and_CC
john_NP
learns_VBZ
a_DT
valuable_JJ
lesson_NN
about_IN
honesty_NN
,_,
as_CS
well_RB
as_CS
deception_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
one_CD
fault_NN
,_,
however_RB
._.
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
almost_RB
all_PDT
emotionally_RB
cold_JJ
and_CC
isolated_JJ
from_IN
one_CD
another_DT
,_,
and_CC
often_RB
unlikable_JJ
._.
if_CS
there_EX
had_HVD
been_BEN
a_DT
few_DT
extra_JJ
scenes_NNS
with_IN
gallagher_NP
,_,
it_PP
probably_RB
would_MD
have_HV
helped_VBN
,_,
since_CS
his_PP$
relationship_NN
with_IN
macdowell_NP
isn't_BEZ
quite_RB
as_IN
explored_VBD
as_CS
i_PP
would_MD
have_HV
liked_VBN
._.
"_"
sex_NN
,_,
lies_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
videotape_NN
,_,
"_"
although_CS
minorly_RB
flawed_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
still_RB
easily_RB
a_DT
brave_JJ
and_CC
adult_NN
motion_NN
picture_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
far_RB
more_DT
mature_JJ
and_CC
honest_JJ
about_IN
its_PP$
subject_NN
matter_NN
than_CS
the_DT
usual_JJ
film_NN
._.
soderbergh_NP
clearly_RB
knew_VBD
what_WDT
he_PP
was_BEDZ
doing_DOG
while_CS
he_PP
was_BEDZ
making_VBG
it_PP
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
final_JJ
product_NN
certainly_RB
proves_VBZ
this_DT
._.