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with_IN
the_DT
exception_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
surrealistic_JJ
satire_NN
barton_NP
fink_???
,_,
the_DT
films_NNS
of_IN
joel_???
and_CC
ethan_NP
coen_???
fit_NN
into_IN
two_CD
broad_JJ
categories_NNS
:_:
quirky_JJ
and_CC
sometimes_RB
darkly_RB
humorous_JJ
takes_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
"_"
film_NN
noir_???
"_"
genre_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
crime_NN
schemes_NNS
go_VB
wrong_JJ
and_CC
spin_NN
increasingly_RB
out_RP
of_IN
control_NN
(_(
fargo_NN
,_,
miller_NP
's_POS
crossing_NN
,_,
blood_NN
simple_JJ
)_)
,_,
and_CC
off-the-wall_NN
comedies_NNS
centered_VBN
around_IN
an_DT
eccentric_JJ
,_,
scatter-brained_JJ
lead_NN
character_NN
(_(
raising_NN
arizona_NP
,_,
the_DT
hudsucker_NN
proxy_NN
)_)
._.
their_PP$
latest_JJS
offering_NN
,_,
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
,_,
falls_VBZ
within_IN
the_DT
latter_DT
category_NN
,_,
though_CS
there_EX
are_BER
elements_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
crime-gone-wrong_JJ
theme_NN
and_CC
even_RB
a_DT
touch_NN
of_IN
satire_NN
to_IN
be_BE
found_VB
in_CD
this_DT
film_NN
._.
the_DT
main_JJ
difference_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
that_CS
while_CS
the_DT
protagonists_NNS
of_IN
raising_VBG
arizona_NP
and_CC
the_DT
hudsucker_NN
proxy_NN
had_HVD
lofty_JJ
aspirations_NNS
and_CC
ideals_NNS
but_CC
didn't_DOD
quite_RB
have_HV
the_DT
brains_NNS
to_IN
get_VB
it_NN
all_RB
together_RB
,_,
the_DT
main_JJ
character_NN
of_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
seems_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
fairly_RB
intelligent_JJ
guy_NN
who_WP
's_BEZ
wise_JJ
to_TO
the_DT
world_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
really_RB
want_VB
to_IN
do_DO
much_DT
of_IN
anything_PN
besides_RB
go_VB
bowling_NN
,_,
smoke_NN
pot_NN
,_,
and_CC
generally_RB
relax_VB
._.
that_CS
main_JJ
character_NN
is_BEZ
jeffrey_NP
"_"
the_DT
dude_???
"_"
lebowski_NP
(_(
jeff_NP
bridges_NNS
)_)
,_,
introduced_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
rambling_NN
narrator_NN
(_(
sam_NP
elliott_NP
)_)
as_IN
"_"
quite_RB
possibly_RB
the_DT
laziest_NN
man_NN
in_IN
los_NP
angeles_NP
county_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
dude_???
is_BEZ
unemployed_JJ
,_,
needless_JJ
to_IN
say_NN
,_,
and_CC
spends_VBZ
most_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
time_NN
at_IN
the_DT
bowling_NN
alley_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
two_CD
best_JJS
friends_NNS
,_,
walter_NP
(_(
john_NP
goodman_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
borderline-psychotic_JJ
who_WP
's_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
habit_NN
of_IN
pulling_VBG
a_DT
gun_NN
when_CS
he_PP
thinks_VBZ
somebody_PN
's_BEZ
cheating_VBG
in_IN
a_DT
bowling_NN
match_NN
(_(
"_"
has_HVZ
the_DT
whole_JJ
world_NN
gone_VBN
crazy_JJ
?_?
!_!
"_"
he_PP
shouts_VBZ
at_IN
a_DT
suspected_JJ
cheater_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
donny_NP
(_(
steve_NP
buscemi_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
's_BEZ
always_RB
a_DT
few_DT
steps_NNS
behind_IN
the_DT
conversation_NN
and_CC
is_BEZ
constantly_RB
berated_VBN
by_IN
walter_NP
for_IN
it_PP
(_(
"_"
donny_NN
,_,
you_PP
have_HV
no_DT
frame_NN
of_IN
reference_NN
here_RB
!_!
"_"
)_(
._.
these_DT
three_CD
seem_VB
to_IN
more_DT
or_CC
less_RBR
live_VB
for_IN
bowling_NN
tournaments_NNS
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
begins_VBZ
they_PP
are_BER
anticipating_VBG
an_DT
important_JJ
match_NN
with_IN
rival_JJ
bowler_NN
jesus_NP
quintana_NP
(_(
john_NP
turturro_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
,_,
when_CS
we_PP
first_OD
meet_VB
him_PP
,_,
is_BEZ
doing_DOG
a_DT
dance_NN
in_IN
the_DT
bowling_NN
lane_NN
to_IN
accompany_VB
a_NP
spanish_JJ
version_NN
of_IN
"_"
hotel_NN
california_NP
"_"
and_CC
,_,
if_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
possible_JJ
,_,
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
even_JJ
more_DT
of_IN
a_DT
head_NN
case_NN
than_CS
walter_NP
._.
if_CS
that_DT
doesn't_DOZ
give_VB
you_PP
a_DT
good_JJ
idea_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
's_POS
absurdist_NN
tone_NN
,_,
then_RB
perhaps_RB
this_DT
will_MD
:_:
the_DT
entire_JJ
scenario_NN
which_WDT
drives_VBZ
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
set_VBN
in_IN
motion_NN
by_IN
two_CD
thugs_NNS
mistakenly_RB
urinating_VBG
on_IN
the_DT
dude_???
's_BEZ
rug_NN
._.
they've_???
mistaken_VBN
him_PP
for_IN
a_DT
millionaire_NN
of_IN
the_DT
same_DT
name_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
also_RB
known_VBN
as_IN
the_DT
"_"
big_JJ
"_"
lebowski_NP
(_(
david_NP
huddleston_NP
)_)
and_CC
whose_WP$
nymphomaniac_NN
wife_NN
bunny_NN
(_(
tara_NP
reid_NP
)_)
owes_VBZ
money_NN
to_IN
porn_???
producer_NN
jackie_NP
treehorn_NP
(_(
ben_NP
gazzara_NP
)_)
._.
the_DT
dude_???
goes_VBZ
to_TO
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
seeking_VBG
compensation_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
ruined_JJ
rug_NN
;_;
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
have_HV
any_DT
luck_NN
,_,
but_CC
when_CS
bunny_NN
is_BEZ
apparently_RB
kidnapped_VBN
,_,
the_DT
elder_NN
lebowski_NP
asks_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
deliver_VB
the_DT
$_???
1_CD
million_NN
ransom_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
walter_NP
gets_VBZ
involved_JJ
and_CC
fouls_NNS
up_IN
the_DT
drop-off_NN
,_,
and_CC
before_IN
they_PP
can_MD
try_VB
again_RB
to_IN
get_VB
the_DT
money_NN
to_IN
the_DT
supposed_JJ
kidnappers_NNS
,_,
the_DT
dude_???
's_BEZ
car_NN
gets_VBZ
stolen_VBN
,_,
along_IN
with_IN
the_DT
briefcase_NN
containing_VBG
the_DT
money_NN
._.
soon_RB
,_,
the_DT
dude_???
is_BEZ
being_NN
harassed_VBN
not_XNOT
only_RB
by_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
himself_NN
but_CC
also_RB
by_IN
treehorn_JJ
and_CC
by_IN
a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
german_JJ
"_"
nihilists_NNS
"_"
who_WP
demand_VB
the_DT
ransom_NN
money_NN
even_RB
though_CS
they_PP
may_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
been_BEN
involved_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
kidnapping_NN
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
place_NN
;_;
the_DT
dude_???
and_CC
walter_NP
suspect_VB
that_CS
bunny_NP
may_MD
well_RB
have_HV
kidnapped_VBN
herself_PPX
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
extort_VB
money_NN
from_IN
her_PP$
husband_NN
to_IN
repay_VB
her_PP$
debts_NNS
to_IN
treehorn_JJ
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
's_POS
daughter_NN
maude_NN
(_(
julianne_NP
moore_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
feminist_JJ
avant-garde_NP
artist_NN
who_WP
likes_VBZ
to_IN
make_NN
grand_JJ
entrances_NNS
swinging_VBG
through_IN
the_DT
air_NN
naked_JJ
,_,
wants_VBZ
to_IN
recover_VB
the_DT
money_NN
for_IN
her_PP$
family_NN
._.
the_DT
plot_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
really_RB
just_RB
a_DT
vehicle_NN
for_IN
all_PDT
these_DT
bizarre_JJ
characters_NNS
to_IN
run_NN
wild_JJ
and_CC
wreak_VB
their_PP$
own_DT
unique_JJ
forms_NNS
of_IN
havoc_NN
._.
the_DT
previews_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
feature_NN
creedence_NN
clearwater_NN
revival_NN
's_POS
"_"
run_NN
through_IN
the_DT
jungle_NN
,_,
"_"
and_CC
it_PP
fits_VBZ
:_:
the_DT
coens_NNS
see_VB
los_NP
angeles_NP
as_IN
a_DT
veritable_JJ
jungle_NN
of_IN
oddballs_NNS
and_CC
nutcases_NNS
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
sometimes_RB
bewildered_JJ
dude_???
left_JJ
to_TO
run_VB
through_IN
it_PP
and_CC
try_VB
to_IN
avoid_VB
any_RB
more_DT
trouble_NN
(_(
usually_RB
unsuccessfully_RB
)_)
._.
the_DT
film_NN
doesn't_DOZ
feature_VB
quite_RB
as_IN
many_DT
one-liners_NNS
and_CC
sight_NN
gags_NNS
as_IN
the_DT
coens_NNS
'_"
other_JJ
comedies_NNS
(_(
though_CS
there_RB
are_BER
a_DT
few_DT
hilarious_JJ
moments_NNS
of_IN
visual_JJ
humor_NN
,_,
particularly_RB
in_IN
the_DT
dude_???
's_BEZ
dream_NN
sequences_NNS
and_CC
acid_NN
flashbacks_NNS
)_)
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
more_RBR
than_CS
makes_VBZ
up_RP
for_IN
it_PP
with_IN
the_DT
sheer_JJ
fun_NN
of_IN
watching_VBG
these_DT
strange_JJ
characters_NNS
interact_VB
._.
the_DT
film_NN
sometimes_RB
seems_VBZ
a_DT
little_JJ
disjointed_JJ
as_IN
a_DT
result_NN
-_-
you_PP
get_VB
the_DT
feeling_NN
that_CS
the_DT
coens_NNS
have_HV
not_XNOT
only_RB
set_VB
their_PP$
characters_NNS
loose_JJ
in_IN
this_DT
"_"
jungle_NN
"_"
but_CC
are_BER
also_RB
themselves_PPX
running_JJ
crazy_NN
through_IN
the_DT
jungle_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
twisted_JJ
imaginations_NNS
-_-
but_CC
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
the_DT
characterizations_NNS
are_BER
interesting_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
overcome_VB
the_DT
shaky_JJ
plotting_VBG
and_CC
what_WDT
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
somewhat_RB
anticlimactic_JJ
resolution_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
noticeable_JJ
(_(
but_CC
not_XNOT
too_RB
heavy-handed_JJ
)_)
thread_NN
of_IN
social_JJ
commentary_NN
in_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
,_,
which_WDT
,_,
incidentally_RB
,_,
takes_VBZ
place_NN
just_RB
as_IN
the_DT
gulf_NN
war_NN
is_BEZ
about_IN
to_IN
begin_VB
;_;
at_IN
the_DT
beginning_NN
,_,
we_PP
see_VB
george_NP
bush_NP
on_IN
television_NN
making_VBG
his_PP$
"_"
this_DT
aggression_NN
will_MD
not_XNOT
stand_VB
"_"
speech_NN
._.
the_DT
coens_NNS
take_VB
aim_NN
at_IN
just_RB
about_IN
every_DT
elite_NN
l_NN
._.
a_DT
._.
subculture_VB
in_IN
the_DT
book_NN
:_:
the_DT
egotistical_JJ
wealthy_JJ
businessman_NN
(_(
"_"
the_DT
bums_???
will_NN
always_RB
lose_VB
!_!
"_"
shouts_VBZ
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
at_IN
one_CD
point_NN
)_)
,_,
the_DT
porn_???
industry_NN
,_,
the_DT
overbearing_NN
malibu_???
policeman_NN
who_NP
berates_NNS
the_DT
dude_???
for_IN
disturbing_JJ
their_PP$
"_"
peaceful_JJ
beach_NN
community_NN
,_,
"_"
and_CC
so_RB
on_IN
._.
by_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
we_PP
really_RB
start_VB
to_IN
admire_VB
the_DT
dude_???
,_,
who_WP
almost_RB
certainly_RB
harbors_NNS
the_DT
least_RBS
"_"
aggression_NN
"_"
of_IN
anyone_PN
in_IN
this_DT
story_NN
;_;
his_PP$
passive_JJ
resistance_NN
(_(
emphasis_NN
on_IN
"_"
passive_JJ
,_,
"_"
albeit_CS
)_(
to_IN
the_DT
elite_NN
emerges_VBZ
as_IN
something_PN
more_DT
than_CS
just_RB
another_DT
quirky_JJ
characterization_NN
in_IN
a_DT
film_NN
overflowing_VBG
with_IN
quirky_JJ
characters_NNS
._.
he_PP
also_RB
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
have_HV
a_DT
pretty_JJ
well-functioning_NN
brain_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
head_NN
,_,
even_RB
if_CS
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
like_IN
to_TO
use_VB
it_PP
very_RB
much_RB
;_;
his_PP$
sarcasm_NN
towards_IN
treehorn_JJ
and_CC
the_DT
malibu_???
policeman_NN
shows_NNS
that_CS
he_PP
knows_VBZ
when_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
getting_VBG
a_DT
run_NN
around_IN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
does_DOZ
manage_VB
to_TO
unravel_VB
the_DT
kidnapping_NN
mystery_NN
by_IN
the_DT
end_NN
._.
the_DT
coens_NNS
certainly_RB
poke_VB
fun_NN
at_IN
the_DT
dude_???
for_IN
his_PP$
laziness_NN
,_,
but_CC
they_PP
don't_DO
just_RB
treat_VB
him_PP
as_IN
fodder_NN
for_IN
cheap_JJ
shots_NNS
either_RB
._.
i_PP
think_VB
that_CS
,_,
more_DT
than_CS
anything_PN
,_,
is_BEZ
what_WDT
makes_VBZ
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
a_DT
standout_NN
comedy_NN
:_:
it_PP
manages_VBZ
to_IN
approach_NN
characters_NNS
like_IN
the_DT
dude_???
and_CC
,_,
to_IN
some_DT
extent_NN
,_,
walter_NP
,_,
with_IN
genuine_JJ
affection_NN
while_CS
still_RB
acknowledging_VBG
that_DT
they_PP
are_BER
pretty_JJ
scatter-brained_JJ
._.
audience_NN
members_NNS
may_MD
find_VB
themselves_PPX
surprised_JJ
at_IN
how_WRB
much_DT
they_PP
like_VB
the_DT
un-dynamic_JJ
duo_NN
by_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
given_VBN
that_CS
they_PP
seemed_VBD
like_IN
nothing_PN
more_DT
than_CS
the_DT
butts_NP
of_IN
an_DT
extended_JJ
joke_NN
at_IN
first_OD
._.
"_"
it_PP
's_BEZ
good_JJ
knowin_NP
'_"
he_PP
's_BEZ
out_RP
there_RB
,_,
the_DT
dude_???
,_,
takin_VBG
'_"
it_PP
easy_JJ
,_,
"_"
posits_NNS
the_DT
narrator_NN
towards_IN
the_DT
end_NN
._.
i_PP
dare_MD
say_VB
that_DT
truer_JJR
words_NNS
have_HV
seldom_RB
been_BEN
spoken_VBN
._.