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a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
high_JJ
school_NN
kids_NNS
mix_VB
up_RP
with_IN
a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
hip-hop_NN
artists_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
documentarian_JJ
strives_VBZ
to_TO
discover_VB
why_WRB
today_RB
's_BEZ
youth_NN
seem_VB
attracted_VBN
to_IN
black_JJ
culture_NN
._.
the_DT
review_NN
if_CS
black_JJ
&_???
white_JJ
,_,
the_DT
new_JJ
film_NN
from_IN
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
james_NP
toback_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
eventually_RB
remembered_VBN
for_IN
only_RB
one_CD
thing_NN
,_,
it_PP
will_MD
be_BE
the_DT
revelation_NN
that_CS
brooke_NP
shields_NP
,_,
claudia_NN
schiffer_NN
,_,
marla_???
maples_NNS
and_CC
mike_NP
tyson_NP
can_MD
act_VB
._.
however_RB
,_,
this_DT
partly_RB
improvised_VBD
gem_NN
will_MD
be_BE
remembered_VBN
for_IN
more_DT
than_CS
that_DT
._.
black_JJ
&_???
white_JJ
is_BEZ
a_DT
fascinating_JJ
film_NN
;_;
it_PP
makes_VBZ
a_DT
statement_NN
about_IN
america_NP
's_POS
youth_NN
and_CC
hip-hop_NN
culture_NN
without_IN
getting_VBG
heavy-handed_JJ
overly_RB
serious_JJ
._.
featuring_VBG
a_DT
cast_NN
of_IN
known_JJ
commodities_NNS
(_(
ben_NP
stiller_NN
,_,
robert_NP
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
)_)
and_CC
hot_JJ
newcomers_NNS
(_(
singers_NNS
bijou_???
phillips_NP
)_)
,_,
toback_NN
's_POS
is_BEZ
a_DT
complex_JJ
film_NN
worth_IN
seeing_VBG
._.
black_JJ
&_???
white_JJ
has_HVZ
multiple_JJ
storylines_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
all_PDT
related_JJ
to_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
,_,
a_DT
la_NP
robert_NP
altman_NN
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
dean_NP
the_DT
basketball_NN
player_NN
(_(
allan_NP
houston_NP
)_)
who_WP
is_BEZ
asked_VBN
to_IN
rig_NN
games_NNS
for_IN
money_NN
by_IN
mark_NN
clear_JJ
(_(
stiller_NN
)_)
in_IN
exchange_NN
for_IN
fifty_CD
grand_JJ
a_NN
game_NN
._.
this_DT
eventually_RB
spills_NNS
over_IN
into_IN
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
dean_NP
's_POS
long-time_JJ
friend_NN
rich_JJ
(_(
power_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
gangsta_NP
who_WP
controls_VBZ
20_CD
city_NN
blocks_NNS
of_IN
harlem_NN
._.
rich_JJ
has_HVZ
to_TO
deal_VB
with_IN
the_DT
imminent_JJ
opening_NN
of_IN
a_DT
white-owned_JJ
club_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
turf_NN
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
the_DT
young_JJ
white_JJ
girls_NNS
who_WP
like_VB
to_TO
hang_VB
around_IN
with_IN
rich_JJ
and_CC
his_PP$
homies_NNS
get_VB
talked_VBN
into_IN
being_BEG
in_IN
a_DT
documentary_NN
by_IN
sam_NP
donager_NN
(_(
shields_NP
)_)
and_CC
her_PP$
gay_JJ
husband_NN
terry_NP
(_(
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
)_)
._.
others_NNS
who_WP
make_VB
appearances_NNS
are_BER
william_NP
lee_NP
scott_NP
as_IN
the_DT
young_JJ
white_JJ
punk_NN
will_MD
,_,
joe_NP
pantoliano_NP
as_IN
his_PP$
district_NN
attorney_NN
father_NN
,_,
jared_VBN
leto_???
as_CS
a_DT
high_JJ
school_NN
teacher_NN
,_,
marla_???
maples_NNS
as_IN
the_DT
mother_NN
of_IN
one_CD
of_IN
hip-hop_NN
crazed_JJ
teens_NNS
,_,
claudia_NN
schiffer_NN
as_IN
dean_NP
's_POS
girlfriend_NN
,_,
and_CC
mike_NP
tyson_NP
as_IN
._.
._.
._.
mike_NP
tyson_NP
._.
the_DT
stories_NNS
ebb_NN
and_CC
flow_NN
through_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
losing_VBG
and_CC
gaining_VBG
prominence_NN
over_IN
time_NN
._.
friendships_NNS
are_BER
lost_VBN
,_,
lovers_NNS
are_BER
gained_VBN
,_,
and_CC
there_EX
is_BEZ
an_DT
occasional_JJ
burst_NN
of_IN
violence_NN
._.
originally_RB
rated_VBN
nc-17_???
in_CD
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
,_,
black_JJ
&_???
white_JJ
features_NNS
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
sex_NN
between_IN
black_JJ
gangstas_NNS
and_CC
young_JJ
white_JJ
girls_NNS
._.
while_CS
the_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
trimmed_VBN
down_RP
to_IN
a_DT
tamer_NN
r_NN
rating_NN
,_,
viewers_NNS
will_MD
wonder_VB
what_WDT
could_MD
be_BE
more_DT
explicit_JJ
than_CS
what_WDT
they_PP
are_BER
seeing_VBG
._.
the_DT
three-way_NN
sexual_JJ
beginning_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
nicely_RB
warns_VBZ
viewers_NNS
of_IN
what_WDT
they_PP
are_BER
in_IN
for_CS
,_,
and_CC
several_DT
audience_NN
members_NNS
got_VBD
up_RP
and_CC
left_VBD
at_IN
that_DT
point_NN
._.
the_DT
frequent_JJ
sex_NN
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
few_DT
flaws_NNS
as_IN
the_DT
titillation_NP
is_BEZ
overdone_NN
and_CC
at_IN
times_NNS
completely_RB
unrelated_JJ
to_IN
anything_PN
else_RB
going_VBG
on_IN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
to_IN
toback_NN
's_POS
credit_NN
,_,
the_DT
level_NN
of_IN
violence_NN
in_IN
black_JJ
&_???
white_JJ
is_BEZ
almost_RB
nil_PN
._.
these_DT
gangstas_NNS
and_CC
hip-hop_NN
artists_NNS
are_BER
given_VBN
real_JJ
problems_NNS
and_CC
concerns_NNS
,_,
and_CC
only_RB
become_VB
gun-toting_VBG
crazies_NNS
when_CS
it_PP
benefits_NNS
them_PP
to_TO
appear_VB
that_DT
way_NN
._.
whenever_WRB
a_DT
character_NN
finds_VBZ
himself_PPX
on_IN
donager_NN
's_POS
handheld_JJ
digital_JJ
camera_NN
,_,
he_PP
starts_VBZ
spouting_VBG
off_RP
righteous_JJ
tirades_NNS
on_IN
america_NP
and_CC
proclaims_NNS
his_PP$
independence_NN
,_,
but_CC
not_XNOT
everyone_PN
has_HVZ
fully_RB
bought_VBN
into_IN
the_DT
idea_NN
._.
charlie_NP
(_(
phillips_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
full_JJ
of_IN
bluster_VB
about_IN
why_WRB
she_PP
loves_VBZ
hip-hop_NN
,_,
but_CC
admits_VBZ
that_CS
"_"
in_IN
ten_CD
years_NNS
time_NN
,_,
i'll_???
be_BE
way_NN
over_IN
this_DT
._.
"_"
these_DT
youth_NN
know_VB
they_PP
are_BER
going_VBG
through_IN
a_DT
phase_NN
,_,
and_CC
are_BER
simply_RB
enjoying_VBG
it_PP
._.
toback_NN
fills_VBZ
the_DT
spaces_NNS
between_IN
these_DT
tirades_NNS
with_IN
scenes_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
lightweight_JJ
and_CC
funny_JJ
._.
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
humour_NN
comes_VBZ
from_IN
mike_NP
tyson_NP
,_,
who_WP
provides_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
comic_NN
relief_NN
without_IN
really_RB
trying_VBG
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
given_VBN
big_JJ
words_NNS
like_IN
vernacular_JJ
to_IN
say_NN
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
rich_JJ
tries_NNS
to_IN
discuss_VB
a_NP
particular_JJ
street_NN
problem_NN
with_IN
tyson_NN
,_,
he_PP
frequently_RB
has_HVZ
to_TO
ask_VB
him_PP
to_IN
use_NN
smaller_JJR
words_NNS
and_CC
explain_VB
himself_PPX
better_JJR
,_,
playing_VBG
on_IN
tyson_NN
's_POS
image_NN
as_IN
a_DT
dimwit_VB
._.
but_CC
tyson_NN
also_RB
gets_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
scariest_JJS
moment_NN
._.
as_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
mercilessly_RB
hit_VBN
upon_IN
by_IN
the_DT
very_RB
gay_JJ
terry_NP
,_,
tyson_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
marvel_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
as_IN
he_PP
fights_NNS
to_IN
remain_VB
calm_JJ
._.
the_DT
scene_NN
is_BEZ
entirely_RB
improvised_VBD
,_,
with_IN
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
being_BEG
told_VBN
to_IN
just_RB
keep_VB
at_IN
tyson_NN
until_CS
he_PP
gets_VBZ
a_DT
reaction_NN
._.
the_DT
reaction_NN
he_PP
gets_VBZ
,_,
being_NN
slapped_VBD
and_CC
then_RB
choked_VBN
is_BEZ
astonishing_JJ
,_,
as_CS
downey_NP
jr_JJ
's_POS
face_NN
turns_VBZ
a_DT
frightening_JJ
shade_NN
of_IN
purple_JJ
._.
black_JJ
&_???
white_JJ
is_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
about_IN
hip-hop_NN
culture_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
omnipresent_NN
hip-hop_NN
soundtrack_NN
strongly_RB
supports_VBZ
this_DT
._.
but_CC
toback_NN
keeps_VBZ
things_NNS
from_IN
becoming_VBG
too_RB
serious_JJ
;_;
by_IN
moving_VBG
from_IN
story_NN
to_IN
story_NN
as_IN
quickly_RB
as_CS
he_PP
does_DOZ
,_,
toback_NN
keeps_VBZ
us_PP
from_IN
becoming_VBG
attached_VBN
to_IN
any_DT
one_CD
character_NN
's_POS
struggle_NN
._.
thus_RB
black_JJ
&_???
white_JJ
's_NNS
message_NN
about_IN
hip-hop_NN
becomes_VBZ
secondary_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
itself_PPX
._.
toback_NN
just_RB
wants_VBZ
us_PP
to_TO
have_HV
fun_NN
and_CC
maybe_RB
learn_VB
a_DT
little_JJ
about_IN
hip-hop_NN
along_IN
the_DT
way_NN
._.
and_CC
we_PP
do_DO
._.
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