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hedwig_NP
and_CC
the_DT
angry_JJ
inch_NN
(_(
2001_CD
)_)
john_NP
cameron_NP
mitchell_NP
,_,
miriam_NP
shor_JJ
,_,
stephen_NP
trask_NN
,_,
michael_NP
pitt_NP
,_,
theodore_WRB
liscinski_NP
,_,
michael_NP
aronov_NP
,_,
andrea_NP
martin_NP
,_,
maurice_NP
dean_NP
wint_???
,_,
ben_NP
mayer-goodman_NN
._.
animation_NN
by_IN
emily_NP
hubley_NP
._.
adapted_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
stage_NN
play_NN
by_IN
john_NP
cameron_NP
mitchell_NP
and_CC
stephen_NP
trask_NN
._.
music_NN
and_CC
lyrics_NNS
by_IN
stephn_???
trask_NN
._.
written_VBN
and_CC
directed_VBN
by_IN
john_NP
cameron_NP
mitchell_NP
._.
91_CD
minutes_NNS
._.
rated_VBN
r_NN
,_,
stars_NNS
)_)
had_HVD
"_"
hedwig_NP
and_CC
the_DT
angry_JJ
inch_NN
"_"
came_VBD
out_RP
in_IN
the_DT
'70s_???
,_,
right_NN
after_IN
david_NP
bowie_NP
's_POS
"_"
ziggy_JJ
stardust_NN
,_,
"_"
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of_IN
the_DT
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of_IN
all_PDT
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._.
released_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
2001_CD
channel_NN
,_,
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of_IN
2001_CD
,_,
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
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screen_NN
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of_IN
the_DT
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clamoring_VBG
for_IN
attention_NN
._.
i_PP
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it_PP
._.
every_DT
august_NP
,_,
the_DT
major_JJ
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try_VB
to_IN
squeeze_NN
the_DT
last_OD
few_DT
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of_IN
summer_NN
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by_IN
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of_IN
their_PP$
shakier_NN
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on_IN
the_DT
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at_IN
once_RB
._.
i_PP
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to_IN
keep_NN
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national_JJ
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like_IN
"_"
summer_NN
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"_"
and_CC
"_"
bubble_NN
boy_NN
"_"
that_CS
i_PP
passed_VBD
over_IN
any_DT
independent_JJ
film_NN
that_CS
looked_VBD
like_IN
it_PP
would_MD
only_RB
have_HV
a_DT
short_JJ
local_JJ
run_NN
._.
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an_DT
e-mail_NN
from_IN
a_DT
reader_NN
asking_VBG
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i_PP
hadn't_HVD
reviewed_VBN
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prompted_VBD
me_PP
to_IN
make_NN
a_DT
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trip_NN
to_IN
the_DT
theater_NN
._.
thank_VB
goodness_NN
for_IN
readers_NNS
like_IN
him_PP
._.
"_"
hedwig_NP
and_CC
the_DT
angry_JJ
inch_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
a_DT
gender-bending_NN
glam-rock_NN
spectacular_JJ
packed_JJ
with_IN
great_JJ
songs_NNS
._.
stylistically_RB
,_,
the_DT
hook-laden_NN
tunes_NNS
are_BER
reminiscent_JJ
of_IN
bowie_NP
,_,
"_"
bat_NP
out_RP
of_IN
hell_NN
"_"
era_NN
meatloaf_???
and_CC
"_"
the_DT
rocky_JJ
horror_NN
show_NN
,_,
"_"
without_IN
ever_RB
seeming_JJ
like_IN
imitations_NNS
._.
as_CS
with_IN
"_"
tommy_NP
,_,
"_"
"_"
hedwig_NP
"_"
tells_VBZ
a_DT
story_NN
of_IN
isolation_NN
,_,
pain_NN
and_CC
defiance_NN
,_,
but_CC
without_IN
the_DT
bloated_JJ
feel_VB
of_IN
that_DT
beloved_JJ
,_,
but_CC
overrated_JJ
rock_NN
opera_NN
._.
writer-director-star_NN
john_NP
cameron_NP
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and_CC
composer-lyricist_NN
stephen_NP
trask_NN
have_HV
cooked_VBN
up_RP
a_DT
real_JJ
winner_NN
._.
mitchell_NP
stars_NNS
as_IN
hedwig_NP
,_,
a_DT
singer_NN
from_IN
east_NN
berlin_NP
touring_NN
a_DT
chain_NN
of_IN
u_NN
._.
s_NN
._.
coffee_NN
shops_NNS
with_IN
her_PP$
pan-slavic_JJ
band_NN
,_,
the_DT
angry_JJ
inch_NN
._.
while_CS
the_DT
patrons_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
run-down_JJ
restaurants_NNS
look_VB
on_IN
in_IN
shock_NN
,_,
and_CC
sometimes_RB
horror_NN
,_,
hedwig_NP
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tells_VBZ
the_DT
sad_JJ
story_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
life_NN
in_IN
song_NN
._.
she_PP
was_BEDZ
once_RB
a_DT
boy_NN
named_VBN
hansel_NN
(_(
ben_NP
mayer-goodman_NN
)_)
,_,
living_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
(_(
alberta_NP
watson_NP
)_)
and_CC
listening_VBG
to_IN
rock_NN
and_CC
roll_NN
on_IN
american_JJ
armed_JJ
forces_NNS
radio_NN
._.
life_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
exercise_NN
in_IN
duality_NN
for_IN
hansel_NN
._.
a_DT
wall_NN
splits_VBZ
his_PP$
hometown_JJ
into_IN
two_CD
parts_NNS
._.
mother_NN
describes_VBZ
love_NN
as_IN
the_DT
emotion_NN
that_CS
comes_VBZ
when_CS
you_PP
find_VB
your_PP$
other_JJ
half_NN
._.
as_CS
hansel_NN
grows_VBZ
up_RP
,_,
the_DT
duality_NN
becomes_VBZ
more_DT
pronounced_JJ
._.
after_IN
initially_RB
mistaking_VBG
him_PP
for_IN
a_DT
girl_NN
,_,
a_DT
gi_???
from_IN
the_DT
states_NNS
(_(
maurice_NP
dean_NP
wint_???
)_(
falls_NNS
in_IN
love_NN
with_IN
hansel_NN
and_CC
wants_VBZ
to_TO
marry_VB
him_PP
._.
alas_UH
,_,
hansel_NN
will_MD
never_RB
pass_VB
the_DT
mandatory_JJ
physical_JJ
._.
mother_NN
helpfully_RB
suggests_VBZ
a_DT
sex_NN
change_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
operation_NN
goes_VBZ
bad_JJ
,_,
hence_RB
the_DT
references_NNS
to_IN
"_"
the_DT
angry_JJ
inch_NN
"_"
(_(
yes_UH
,_,
i_PP
know_VB
this_DT
part_NN
is_BEZ
squirm-inducing_VBG
,_,
but_CC
stick_NN
with_IN
me_PP
-_-
it_PP
's_BEZ
worth_IN
it_PP
)_)
._.
several_DT
years_NNS
later_RBR
,_,
mr_NN
._.
right_JJ
is_BEZ
long_JJ
gone_VBN
and_CC
hansel_NN
becomes_VBZ
hedwig_NP
,_,
decked_VBD
out_RP
in_IN
a_DT
farrah_NN
fawcett-style_NN
wig_NN
and_CC
fronting_VBG
a_DT
band_NN
made_VBN
up_RP
of_IN
korean_JJ
women_NNS
._.
hedwig_NP
finds_VBZ
a_DT
new_JJ
love_NN
in_IN
tommy_NP
(_(
michael_NP
pitt_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
beatific_JJ
lad_NN
with_IN
a_DT
unique_JJ
take_VB
on_IN
christianity_NN
._.
but_CC
tommy_NP
does_DOZ
hedwig_NP
wrong_JJ
,_,
stealing_VBG
her_PP$
songs_NNS
and_CC
becoming_VBG
a_DT
superstar_NN
._.
cut_VB
to_IN
the_DT
present_JJ
._.
tommy_NP
gnosis_NP
'_"
stadium_NN
tour_NN
is_BEZ
thriving_JJ
and_CC
hedwig_NP
is_BEZ
suing_VBG
him_PP
._.
despite_IN
warnings_NNS
from_IN
her_PP$
manager_NN
(_(
andrea_NP
martin_NP
)_)
that_CS
she_PP
could_MD
easily_RB
be_BE
labeled_VBN
a_DT
stalker_NP
,_,
hegwig_NP
and_CC
her_PP$
new_JJ
band_NN
,_,
the_DT
angry_JJ
inch_NN
,_,
continue_VB
their_PP$
coffee_NN
shop_NN
tour_NN
,_,
shadowing_VBG
the_DT
thief_NN
by_IN
playing_VBG
whatever_WDT
city_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
in_IN
._.
if_CS
this_DT
sounds_NNS
like_IN
a_DT
bizarre_JJ
premise_NN
for_IN
a_DT
rock_NN
musical_JJ
,_,
take_VB
a_DT
few_DT
seconds_NNS
and_CC
consider_VB
the_DT
plotlines_NNS
of_IN
"_"
tommy_NP
"_"
and_CC
"_"
rocky_JJ
horror_NN
._.
"_"
as_CS
hedwig_NP
,_,
john_NP
cameron_NP
mitchell_NP
does_DOZ
a_DT
magnificent_JJ
job_NN
taking_VBG
a_DT
character_NN
that_CS
could_MD
have_HV
simply_RB
been_BEN
a_DT
caricature_NN
or_CC
an_DT
icon_NN
and_CC
turning_VBG
her_PP$
into_IN
a_DT
compelling_JJ
human_JJ
being_NN
._.
mitchell_NP
has_HVZ
world-class_JJ
style_NN
and_CC
vocal_JJ
chords_NNS
to_IN
match_NN
._.
even_RB
though_CS
the_DT
backstory_NN
is_BEZ
unusually_RB
strong_JJ
,_,
mitchell_NP
never_RB
forgets_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
production_NN
is_BEZ
first_OD
and_CC
foremost_JJS
a_DT
rock_NN
musical_JJ
._.
everything_PN
is_BEZ
propelled_VBN
by_IN
one_CD
terrific_JJ
song_NN
after_IN
another_DT
and_CC
,_,
trust_NN
me_PP
,_,
these_DT
are_BER
full-fledged_VBN
rock_NN
songs_NNS
,_,
not_XNOT
the_DT
over-processed_JJ
fluff_NN
that_CS
passes_VBZ
for_IN
rock_NN
in_IN
most_DT
musicals_NNS
._.
while_CS
mitchell_NP
remains_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
center_NN
of_IN
the_DT
stage_NN
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
there_EX
is_BEZ
much_DT
of_IN
interest_NN
on_IN
the_DT
sidelines_NNS
._.
miriam_NP
shor_JJ
does_DOZ
fine_JJ
work_NN
as_IN
yitzhak_NP
,_,
hedwig_NP
's_POS
lover_NN
and_CC
bandmate_JJ
,_,
conveying_VBG
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
through_IN
expressions_NNS
alone_RB
._.
decked_JJ
out_RP
in_IN
a_DT
bandanna_NP
and_CC
a_DT
surprisingly_RB
convincing_JJ
beard_NN
,_,
she_PP
makes_VBZ
a_DT
mighty_JJ
attractive_JJ
man_NN
._.
as_CS
always_RB
,_,
"_"
sctv_???
"_"
veteran_NN
andrea_NP
martin_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
welcome_JJ
presence_NN
onscreen_IN
and_CC
michael_NP
pitt_NP
is_BEZ
beguiling_JJ
as_CS
tommy_NP
,_,
the_DT
angelic-appearing_NN
little_JJ
rat_NN
._.
artist_NN
emily_NP
hubley_NP
adds_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
magic_JJ
with_IN
a_DT
string_NN
of_IN
dandy_NP
animated_JJ
sequences_NNS
that_CS
charm_NN
the_DT
eye_NN
while_CS
underlining_VBG
the_DT
central_JJ
themes_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
musical_JJ
._.
"_"
hedwig_NP
and_CC
the_DT
angry_JJ
inch_NN
"_"
surrounds_VBZ
a_DT
weird_JJ
,_,
funny_JJ
and_CC
touching_JJ
story_NN
with_IN
a_DT
knockout_NN
series_NN
of_IN
songs_NNS
performed_VBN
by_IN
an_DT
exceptional_JJ
cast_NN
._.
true_JJ
originals_NNS
do_DO
not_XNOT
come_VB
along_IN
very_RB
often_RB
?_?
don't_DO
let_VB
this_DT
slip_NN
out_RP
of_IN
town_NN
without_IN
seeing_VBG
it_PP
._.
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