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whenever_WRB
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
robert_NP
altman_NN
works_NN
in_IN
a_DT
specific_JJ
genre_NN
,_,
he_PP
has_HVZ
the_DT
tendency_NN
to_IN
rewrite_VB
it_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
terms_NNS
._.
he_PP
made_VBD
the_DT
west_NN
dirty_JJ
in_IN
"_"
mccabe_NP
and_CC
mrs_NN
._.
miller_NP
"_"
(_(
1980_CD
)_)
,_,
he_PP
parodied_VBD
hard-boiled_JJ
detective_NN
stories_NNS
in_IN
"_"
the_DT
long_JJ
goodbye_UH
"_"
(_(
1980_CD
)_)
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
transformed_VBD
a_DT
cartoon_NN
into_IN
flesh_NN
and_CC
blood_NN
with_IN
"_"
popeye_NN
"_"
(_(
1980_CD
)_)
._.
the_DT
same_DT
holds_VBZ
true_JJ
for_IN
his_PP$
most_DT
recent_JJ
film_NN
,_,
"_"
the_DT
gingerbread_NN
man_NN
,_,
"_"
which_WDT
reinvents_NNS
a_DT
genre_NN
that_CS
has_HVZ
developed_VBN
at_IN
an_DT
exponential_NN
rate_NN
over_IN
the_DT
last_OD
five_CD
years_NNS
:_:
the_DT
john_NP
grisham_NP
movie_NN
._.
by_IN
the_DT
time_NN
"_"
the_DT
gingerbread_NN
man_NN
"_"
was_BEDZ
completed_VBN
,_,
there_EX
was_BEDZ
very_RB
little_JJ
evidence_NN
that_CS
it_PP
was_BEDZ
ever_RB
based_VBN
on_IN
a_DT
story_NN
by_IN
grisham_NP
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
no_DT
idealist_JJ
young_JJ
lawyer_NN
ala_???
tom_NP
cruise_NN
,_,
matthew_NP
mcconaughey_NP
,_,
chris_NP
o'donnell_NP
or_CC
matt_NP
damon_NP
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
feature_NN
a_NN
great_JJ
showdown_NN
in_IN
a_DT
courtroom_NN
._.
instead_RB
of_IN
being_BEG
a_DT
grand_JJ
ode_NN
to_IN
the_DT
powers_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
legal_JJ
profession_NN
,_,
"_"
the_DT
gingerbread_NN
man_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
a_DT
rain-soaked_JJ
,_,
southern_JJ
gothic_JJ
noir_???
thriller_NN
with_IN
wildly_RB
eccentric_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
a_DT
twisting_JJ
plot_NN
line_NN
,_,
black_JJ
humor_NN
,_,
a_DT
somewhat_RB
bleak_JJ
ending_NN
,_,
and_CC
even_RB
altman_JJ
's_BEZ
trademark_NN
full-frontal_NN
female_JJ
nudity_NN
._.
the_DT
central_JJ
character_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
rick_NP
magruder_NN
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
unlike_IN
any_DT
of_IN
grisham_NP
's_POS
other_JJ
lawyer_NN
heroes_NNS
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
older_JJR
,_,
experienced_JJ
,_,
and_CC
rich_JJ
;_;
he_PP
drives_VBZ
a_DT
cherry-red_JJ
$_???
000_CD
,_,
000_CD
mercedes_NNS
that_CS
never_RB
gets_VBZ
dirty_JJ
,_,
even_RB
in_IN
the_DT
incessantly_RB
pouring_JJ
rain_NN
of_IN
savannah_NN
,_,
georgia_NP
,_,
where_CS
the_DT
story_NN
unfolds_NNS
._.
rick_NP
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
midst_NN
of_IN
an_DT
ugly_JJ
divorce_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
leeanne_NP
(_(
famke_???
janssen_JJ
)_(
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
rarely_RB
gets_VBZ
to_IN
see_NN
his_PP$
two_CD
children_NNS
,_,
jeff_NP
(_(
jesse_NP
james_NP
)_)
and_CC
libby_NP
(_(
mae_???
whitman_NP
)_)
._.
a_DT
reason_NN
is_BEZ
never_RB
given_VBN
for_IN
the_DT
divorce_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
hard_JJ
to_TO
surmise_VB
that_DT
rick_NP
's_POS
womanizing_NN
had_HVD
a_DT
large_JJ
part_NN
in_IN
it_PP
._.
whenever_WRB
he_PP
's_BEZ
late_JJ
to_TO
pick_VB
up_RP
the_DT
kids_NNS
on_IN
his_PP$
visitation_NN
days_NNS
,_,
leeanne_NP
always_RB
assumes_VBZ
it_PP
's_BEZ
because_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
been_BEN
"_"
screwing_VBG
around_IN
._.
"_"
after_IN
an_DT
office_NN
party_NN
celebrating_VBG
another_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
court_NN
victories_NNS
(_(
he_PP
hasn't_HVZ
lost_VBN
in_IN
eight_CD
years_NNS
)_)
,_,
rick_NP
becomes_VBZ
involved_JJ
with_IN
mallory_NN
doss_???
(_(
embeth_NNS
davidtz_???
)_(
,_,
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
catering_NN
waitresses_NNS
._.
he_PP
drives_VBZ
her_PP$
home_NN
because_CS
her_PP
car_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
stolen_VBN
,_,
and_CC
they_PP
end_VB
up_RP
in_IN
bed_NN
together_RB
._.
rick_NP
finds_VBZ
out_RP
that_CS
mallory_NN
is_BEZ
being_BEG
terrorized_VBN
and_CC
stalked_VBD
by_IN
her_PP$
slightly_RB
psychotic_JJ
father_NN
,_,
dixon_NP
doss_???
(_(
robert_NP
duvall_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
grungy_JJ
,_,
stringy_JJ
,_,
bare-footed_VBN
old_JJ
man_NN
who_WP
leads_VBZ
a_DT
commune_NN
of_IN
other_JJ
greasy_JJ
old_JJ
codgers_NNS
._.
it_PP
was_BEDZ
actually_RB
dixon_NP
who_WP
stole_VBD
her_PP$
car_NN
that_CS
night_NN
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
rick_NP
asks_VBZ
why_WRB
,_,
mallory_NN
replies_NNS
that_CS
he_PP
always_RB
does_DOZ
"_"
weird_JJ
"_"
stuff_NN
like_IN
that_DT
._.
as_CS
another_DT
character_NN
puts_VBZ
it_PP
,_,
dixon_NP
is_BEZ
"_"
a_DT
few_DT
beers_NNS
short_JJ
of_IN
six-pack_NN
._.
"_"
rick_NP
ends_NNS
up_RP
convincing_JJ
mallory_NN
to_IN
have_HV
dixon_NP
brought_VBD
to_IN
court_NN
and_CC
tried_VBD
for_IN
competency_NN
._.
he_PP
succeeds_VBZ
with_IN
information_NN
dug_VBN
up_RP
by_IN
clyde_NP
pell_???
,_,
a_DT
private_JJ
investigator_NN
friend_NN
(_(
robert_NP
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
)_)
,_,
and_CC
testimony_NN
from_IN
mallory_NN
's_POS
begrudging_NN
ex-husband_NN
,_,
pete_NP
randle_NN
(_(
tom_NP
berenger_NN
)_)
._.
dixon_NP
is_BEZ
put_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
mental_JJ
hospital_NN
,_,
but_CC
his_PP$
commune_NN
buddies_NNS
succeed_VB
in_IN
breaking_VBG
him_PP
out_RP
._.
from_IN
there_RB
,_,
the_DT
story_NN
delves_VBZ
into_IN
kidnapping_NN
,_,
murder_NN
,_,
double-crossing_VBG
,_,
and_CC
even_RB
a_DT
hurricane_NN
that_CS
adds_VBZ
an_DT
ominous_JJ
cloud_NN
of_IN
constant_JJ
violence_NN
to_IN
the_DT
action_NN
._.
altman_NN
's_POS
cinematographer_NN
,_,
changwei_???
gu_NN
,_,
gives_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
a_DT
dark_JJ
,_,
soaked_JJ
look_NN
._.
if_CS
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
night-time_JJ
,_,
at_IN
least_DT
it_PP
's_BEZ
raining_VBG
._.
gu_NN
shoots_NNS
the_DT
interiors_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
are_BER
almost_RB
all_PDT
dark_JJ
wood_NN
paneling_VBG
,_,
with_IN
a_DT
minimum_NN
of_IN
light_NN
._.
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
of_IN
the_DT
action_NN
takes_VBZ
place_NN
in_IN
the_DT
leafy_JJ
georgia_NP
backwoods_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
altman_NN
uses_VBZ
to_IN
create_VB
an_DT
acute_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
dread_NN
and_CC
vulnerability_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
there_RB
is_BEZ
danger_NN
enough_RB
,_,
but_CC
when_CS
rick_NP
has_HVZ
to_TO
venture_VB
into_IN
the_DT
woods_NNS
,_,
you_PP
can_MD
almost_RB
feel_VB
him_PP
leaving_VBG
all_RB
hope_VB
of_IN
civilization_NN
behind_IN
as_IN
he_PP
literally_RB
enters_VBZ
another_DT
world_NN
._.
altman_NN
has_HVZ
worked_VBN
in_IN
just_RB
about_IN
every_DT
conceivable_JJ
genre_NN
,_,
from_IN
westerns_NNS
to_IN
epic_JJ
dramas_NNS
to_IN
comedies_NNS
._.
but_CC
,_,
no_DT
matter_NN
what_WDT
the_DT
genre_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
always_RB
sure_JJ
to_IN
give_VB
it_NN
the_DT
altman_NN
stamp_NN
,_,
which_WDT
usually_RB
consists_VBZ
of_IN
all_PDT
kinds_NNS
of_IN
idiosyncratic_JJ
quirks_NNS
and_CC
little_JJ
details_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
often_RB
missed_VBN
without_IN
repeat_NN
viewings_NNS
._.
"_"
the_DT
gingerbread_NN
man_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
no_DT
different_JJ
,_,
although_CS
his_PP$
style_NN
is_BEZ
much_DT
more_DT
restrained_JJ
here_RB
._.
however_RB
,_,
without_IN
those_DT
little_JJ
touches_NNS
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
could_MD
have_HV
easily_RB
slumped_VBN
into_IN
a_DT
routine_NN
action_NN
/_SYM
thriller_NN
._.
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
of_IN
the_DT
credit_NN
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
success_NN
can_MD
be_BE
given_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
actors_NNS
,_,
especially_RB
branagh_NP
,_,
who_WP
rarely_RB
works_VBZ
outside_IN
of_IN
period_NN
pieces_NNS
and_CC
his_PP$
own_DT
direction_NN
._.
here_RB
,_,
the_DT
british_JJ
actor_NN
consistently_RB
maintains_VBZ
a_DT
serviceable_JJ
southern_JJ
drawl_VB
,_,
while_CS
making_VBG
an_DT
essentially_RB
contemptible_JJ
character_NN
interesting_JJ
and_CC
sympathetic_JJ
._.
rick_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
extremely_RB
flawed_JJ
man_NN
,_,
but_CC
branaugh_IN
brings_VBZ
real_JJ
humanity_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
character_NN
._.
without_IN
it_PP
,_,
the_DT
entire_JJ
film_NN
would_MD
fall_VB
flat_NN
because_CS
so_RB
much_DT
of_IN
it_PP
is_BEZ
reliant_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
feeling_NN
rick_NP
's_POS
pain_NN
and_CC
frustration_NN
._.
the_DT
supporting_JJ
actors_NNS
also_RB
put_VB
in_IN
fine_JJ
performances_NNS
,_,
including_IN
embeth_NP
davidtz_???
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
probably_RB
best_RBS
known_VBN
for_IN
her_PP$
heart-breaking_NN
role_NN
as_IN
the_DT
jewish_JJ
maid_NN
in_IN
"_"
schindler_NN
's_POS
list_NN
"_"
(_(
1993_CD
)_)
._.
tom_NP
berenger_NN
provides_VBZ
some_DT
gruff_JJ
comic_NN
relief_NN
,_,
and_CC
robert_NP
duvall_NP
spends_VBZ
most_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
on-screen_NN
time_NN
just_RB
looking_VBG
weird_JJ
._.
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
seem_VB
like_IN
he_PP
does_DOZ
much_DT
because_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
very_RB
little_JJ
spoken_JJ
dialogue_NN
,_,
but_CC
watch_VB
him_PP
closely_RB
during_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
one_CD
courtroom_NN
scene_NN
:_:
his_PP$
entire_JJ
performance_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
his_PP$
eyes_NNS
and_CC
his_PP$
body_NN
language_NN
,_,
and_CC
few_DT
actors_NNS
could_MD
have_HV
pulled_VBN
it_PP
off_RP
without_IN
being_BEG
either_RB
silly_JJ
or_CC
overbearing_VBG
._.
while_CS
"_"
the_DT
gingerbread_NN
man_NN
"_"
isn't_BEZ
in_IN
league_NN
with_IN
altman_NN
's_POS
greatest_JJS
works_NN
like_IN
"_"
nashville_NP
"_"
(_(
1992_CD
)_)
or_CC
"_"
the_DT
player_NN
"_"
(_(
1992_CD
)_)
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
nonetheless_RB
a_DT
solid_JJ
piece_NN
of_IN
genre_NN
filmmaking_VBG
,_,
which_WDT
may_MD
prove_VB
a_DT
successful_JJ
vehicle_NN
to_IN
restart_NN
his_PP$
somewhat_RB
lagging_VBG
career_NN
._.
some_DT
critics_NNS
love_NN
to_IN
stamp_NN
films_NNS
like_IN
this_DT
as_IN
"_"
commercial_JJ
,_,
"_"
as_CS
if_CS
altman_NN
can_MD
only_RB
maintain_VB
artistic_JJ
integrity_NN
if_CS
his_PP$
films_NNS
are_BER
aimed_VBN
at_IN
a_DT
tiny_JJ
audience_NN
and_CC
don't_DO
make_VB
money_NN
._.
altman_NN
has_HVZ
done_DON
something_PN
much_DT
better_NN
:_:
he_PP
took_VBD
what_WDT
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
a_DT
generic_JJ
movie_NN
,_,
and_CC
by_IN
investing_JJ
artistry_NN
and_CC
effort_NN
,_,
he_PP
made_VBD
it_PP
into_IN
something_PN
more_DT
._.