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note_NN
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text_NN
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be_BE
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._.
be_BE
forewarned_JJ
._.
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,_,
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._.
larry_NP
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,_,
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vastly_RB
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(_(
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not_XNOT
particularly_RB
enlightening_VBG
)_)
biopic_JJ
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hustler_NP
publisher_NN
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self-made_JJ
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flynt_???
,_,
who_WP
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unlikely_JJ
champion_NN
of_IN
freedom_NN
of_IN
speech_NN
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in_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
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the_DT
late_JJ
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early_JJ
1980s_CD
._.
the_DT
film_NN
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tale_NN
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a_DT
chronological_JJ
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:_:
we_PP
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dirt-poor_JJ
larry_NP
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brother_NN
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,_,
peddling_VBG
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of_IN
water_NN
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true_JJ
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the_DT
rural_JJ
outback_NN
of_IN
kentucky_NP
._.
cut_VB
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forward_RB
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time_NN
,_,
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the_DT
two_CD
flynt_???
brothers_NNS
,_,
now_RB
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,_,
are_BER
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the_DT
struggling_JJ
hustler_NP
go-go_???
clubs_NNS
in_IN
cincinnati_NP
._.
the_DT
strip_NN
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are_BER
in_IN
a_DT
dire_JJ
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state_NN
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
a_DT
last-ditch_NN
effort_NN
to_IN
salvage_NN
the_DT
operations_NNS
,_,
flynt_???
decides_VBZ
to_TO
go_VB
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a_DT
print_NN
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and_CC
churn_VB
out_RP
a_DT
promotional_JJ
newsletter_NN
._.
this_DT
evolved_JJ
into_IN
the_DT
adult_NN
periodical_NN
_hustler__???
magazine_NN
,_,
creating_VBG
larry_NP
flynt_???
a_NN
vast_JJ
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empire_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
rest_NN
is_BEZ
history_NN
._.
what_WDT
sets_VBZ
flynt_???
apart_RB
from_IN
other_JJ
publishers_NNS
is_BEZ
his_PP$
struggles_NNS
against_IN
those_DT
who_WP
would_MD
have_HV
him_PP
cease_VB
publication_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
adult_NN
material_NN
,_,
and_CC
who_WP
railed_VBD
and_CC
preached_VBN
against_IN
him_PP
-_-
flynt_???
spent_JJ
time_NN
in_IN
incarceration_NP
and_CC
was_BEDZ
paralyzed_VBN
by_IN
an_DT
assassination_NN
attempt_NN
-_-
and_CC
his_PP$
driven_JJ
,_,
single-minded_JJ
insistence_NN
to_IN
buck_NN
the_DT
system_NN
and_CC
fight_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
freedom_NN
of_IN
expression_NN
,_,
regardless_RB
of_IN
personal_JJ
cost_NN
._.
the_DT
people_NN
vs_IN
._.
larry_NP
flynt_???
also_RB
weaves_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
bittersweet_NN
story_NN
of_IN
flynt_???
's_NNS
true_RB
love_VB
,_,
althea_NP
leasure_VB
,_,
whom_WP
he_PP
meets_VBZ
as_CS
a_DT
dancer_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
club_NN
and_CC
later_RBR
marries_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
who_WP
devotedly_RB
stands_VBZ
alongside_IN
him_PP
throughout_IN
his_PP$
trials_NNS
and_CC
tribulations_NNS
._.
considering_VBG
the_DT
serious_JJ
nature_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
theme_NN
-_-
the_DT
importance_NN
of_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
'_"
first_OD
amendment_NN
-_-
the_DT
people_NN
vs_IN
._.
larry_NP
flynt_???
is_BEZ
surprisingly_RB
and_CC
wonderfully_RB
light-hearted_VBN
and_CC
humourous_JJ
._.
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
comedy_NN
is_BEZ
elicited_VBN
from_IN
larry_NP
flynt_???
's_BEZ
outlandish_JJ
stunts_NNS
at_IN
his_PP$
courtroom_NN
appearances_NNS
-_-
some_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
chosen_JJ
apparel_NN
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hilarious_JJ
-_-
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the_DT
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the_DT
film_NN
work_NN
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some_DT
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the_DT
more_DT
dramatic_JJ
points_NNS
,_,
such_DT
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an_DT
uninspiring_NN
flynt_???
monologue_NN
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at_IN
a_DT
free_JJ
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in_IN
front_NN
of_IN
an_DT
enormous_JJ
american_JJ
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the_DT
subjectivity_NN
of_IN
obscenity_NN
._.
the_DT
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the_DT
flynt_???
's_BEZ
many_DT
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first_OD
amendment_NN
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freedom_NN
of_IN
speech_NN
,_,
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the_DT
heart_NN
of_IN
the_DT
people_NN
vs_IN
._.
larry_NP
flynt_???
is_BEZ
the_DT
touching_JJ
love_NN
story_NN
between_IN
flynt_???
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althea_NP
._.
larry_NP
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being_BEG
occassionally_RB
gruff_JJ
,_,
harsh_JJ
,_,
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overtly_RB
aggressive_JJ
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his_PP$
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colleagues_NNS
,_,
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althea_NP
,_,
we_PP
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loving_JJ
,_,
affectionate_JJ
side_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
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scene_NN
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flynt_???
tenderly_RB
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his_PP$
ill_JJ
wife_NN
on_IN
a_DT
ride_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
wheelchair_NN
that_CS
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heartbreaking_VBG
._.
ultimately_RB
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the_DT
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film_NN
hits_VBZ
at_IN
its_PP$
conclusion_NN
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from_IN
his_PP$
achievements_NNS
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his_PP$
battles_NNS
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censors_NNS
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the_DT
strength_NN
of_IN
flynt_???
and_CC
althea_NP
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for_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
._.
woody_NP
harrelson_NP
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entirely_RB
engaging_VBG
in_IN
what_WDT
must_MD
be_BE
certainly_RB
a_DT
career-topping_NN
performance_NN
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the_DT
irrepressible_JJ
larry_NP
flynt_???
._.
harrelson_NN
plays_VBZ
flynt_???
with_IN
the_DT
right_NN
mixture_NN
of_IN
outrageousness_NN
and_CC
confident_JJ
stubborness_NN
to_IN
make_VB
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endearing_JJ
and_CC
entirely_RB
sympathetic_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
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protagonist_NN
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
courtney_NP
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althea_NP
leasure_VB
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a_DT
startling_JJ
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,_,
completely_RB
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impulsive_JJ
._.
it_PP
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solid_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
brash_NP
and_CC
naturalistic_JJ
,_,
and_CC
love_NN
is_BEZ
extremely_RB
compelling_JJ
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difficult_JJ
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take_VB
your_PP$
eyes_NNS
off_IN
her_PP$
onscreen_NN
,_,
and_CC
her_PP$
chemistry_NN
with_IN
harrelson_NN
is_BEZ
dead-on_???
._.
edward_NP
norton_NP
,_,
as_CS
flynt_???
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straight_RB
,_,
level-headed_VBN
lawyer_NN
is_BEZ
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upstaged_VBN
by_IN
his_PP$
flashier_NN
co-stars_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
people_NN
vs_IN
._.
larry_NP
flynt_???
,_,
much_DT
as_IN
his_PP$
counterpart_NN
lawyer_NN
alan_NP
isaacman_NN
was_BEDZ
upstaged_VBN
by_IN
flynt_???
during_IN
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
courtroom_NN
scenes_NNS
,_,
but_CC
norton_NP
shines_VBZ
in_IN
his_PP$
big_JJ
scene_NN
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he_PP
addresses_VBZ
the_DT
supreme_JJ
court_NN
in_IN
the_DT
climactic_JJ
scene_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
one_CD
can_NN
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frustration_NN
that_CS
norton_NP
's_POS
character_NN
feels_VBZ
when_CS
harrelson_NP
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free-talking_NN
flynt_???
sabotages_NP
trial_NN
after_IN
trial_NN
on_IN
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openly_RB
speaking_VBG
his_PP$
mind_NN
,_,
and_CC
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a_DT
heightened_JJ
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opportunity_NN
to_IN
sway_NN
the_DT
supreme_JJ
court_NN
judges_NNS
._.
milos_NP
forman_NN
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the_DT
film_NN
moving_VBG
-_-
although_CS
it_PP
runs_VBZ
over_IN
two_CD
hours_NNS
,_,
it_PP
never_RB
drags_NNS
-_-
and_CC
his_PP$
direction_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
very_RB
effective_JJ
,_,
eliciting_VBG
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
of_IN
empathy_NN
for_IN
a_DT
subject_NN
which_WDT
could_MD
be_BE
construed_VBN
by_IN
some_DT
as_IN
extremely_RB
sordid_JJ
and_CC
unsympathetic_JJ
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
great_JJ
visual_JJ
technique_NN
which_WDT
forman_NN
uses_VBZ
to_IN
indicate_VB
the_DT
passing_NN
of_IN
time_NN
in_IN
one_CD
shot_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
both_RB
clever_JJ
and_CC
extremely_RB
entertaining_JJ
._.
two_CD
minor_JJ
quibbles_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
film_NN
-_-
it_PP
certainly_RB
seems_VBZ
like_IN
the_DT
people_NN
vs_IN
._.
larry_NP
flynt_???
is_BEZ
in_CD
a_DT
rush_NN
to_IN
get_VB
to_IN
its_PP$
main_JJ
theme_NN
,_,
with_IN
flynt_???
battling_VBG
against_IN
authorities_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
system_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
freedom_NN
of_IN
speech_NN
._.
consequently_RB
,_,
the_DT
first_OD
thirty_CD
minutes_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
introducing_VBG
and_CC
setting_VBG
up_RP
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
seem_VB
unduly_RB
rushed_VBN
;_;
perhaps_RB
it_PP
is_BEZ
merely_RB
due_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
these_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
so_RB
interesting_JJ
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
felt_VBD
it_PP
would_MD
have_HV
worked_VBN
better_RBR
if_CS
this_DT
route_NN
was_BEDZ
taken_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
more_DT
leisurely_RB
fashion_NN
._.
it_PP
also_RB
felt_VBD
like_IN
there_RB
was_BEDZ
a_DT
distinctive_JJ
lack_NN
of_IN
insight_NN
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the_DT
inner_JJ
workings_NNS
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these_DT
characters_NNS
-_-
the_DT
film_NN
clearly_RB
shows_VBZ
what_WDT
flynt_???
,_,
althea_NP
,_,
isaacman_NN
,_,
and_CC
rev_NN
._.
jerry_NP
faldwell_NP
did_DOD
,_,
and_CC
on_IN
a_DT
superficial_JJ
level_NN
some_DT
of_IN
their_PP$
motivations_NNS
,_,
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it_PP
never_RB
seemed_VBD
like_IN
one_CD
could_MD
really_RB
understand_VB
the_DT
characters_NNS
on_IN
a_DT
deeper_JJR
level_NN
._.
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
why_WRB
larry_NP
flynt_???
was_BEDZ
compelled_VBN
by_IN
ruth_NP
carter_NP
stapleton_NP
(_(
president_NN
carter_NP
's_POS
sister_NN
)_)
to_IN
be_BE
born-again_FW
is_BEZ
a_DT
mystery_NN
to_IN
me_PP
._.
then_RB
again_RB
,_,
perhaps_RB
it_PP
was_BEDZ
to_IN
him_PP
as_CS
well_RB
._.
these_DT
two_CD
points_NNS
don't_DO
detract_VB
greatly_RB
from_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
the_DT
people_NN
vs_IN
._.
larry_NP
flynt_???
is_BEZ
certainly_RB
among_IN
the_DT
very_RB
best_JJS
studio-released_NN
films_NNS
of_IN
1996_CD
,_,
and_CC
works_NN
both_RB
as_IN
a_DT
ringing_NN
political_JJ
statement_NN
about_IN
the_DT
importance_NN
of_IN
freedom_NN
of_IN
speech_NN
and_CC
the_DT
depths_NNS
to_IN
which_WDT
larry_NP
flynt_???
would_MD
go_NN
to_IN
advance_NN
the_DT
cause_NN
of_IN
free_JJ
expression_NN
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
a_DT
touching_JJ
love_NN
story_NN
._.
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