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set_NN
in_IN
the_DT
late_JJ
80_CD
's_NNS
at_IN
the_DT
height_NN
of_IN
yuppie_NN
excess_JJ
and_CC
based_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
book_NN
by_IN
bret_???
easton_NN
ellis_NP
(_(
who_WP
explored_VBD
the_DT
same_DT
themes_NNS
in_IN
another_DT
book_NN
which_WDT
was_BEDZ
also_RB
made_VBN
into_IN
a_DT
movie_NN
,_,
less_DT
than_CS
zero_CD
)_)
,_,
american_JJ
psycho_NN
puts_VBZ
a_DT
new_JJ
spin_NN
on_IN
the_DT
yuppie_NN
"_"
genre_NN
"_"
that_CS
ellis_NP
helped_VBD
to_IN
create_VB
._.
christian_JJ
bale_NN
is_BEZ
perfectly_RB
cast_VBN
as_IN
patrick_NP
bateman_NP
,_,
a_DT
high_JJ
powered_JJ
yuppie_NN
who_WP
hides_VBZ
a_DT
terrible_JJ
secret_NN
from_IN
his_PP$
fianc_NP
?_?
e_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
colleagues_NNS
._.
it_PP
seems_VBZ
that_CS
bateman_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
serial_NN
killer_NN
and_CC
,_,
unfortunately_RB
for_IN
his_PP$
contemporaries_NNS
,_,
his_PP$
tenuous_JJ
grasp_NN
on_IN
reality_NN
is_BEZ
starting_VBG
to_TO
slip_VB
._.
as_CS
he_PP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
balance_NN
his_PP$
meticulous_JJ
daily_JJ
routines_NNS
with_IN
slaughtering_VBG
co-workers_NNS
and_CC
prostitutes_NNS
and_CC
hiding_VBG
their_PP$
bodies_NNS
,_,
his_PP$
mental_JJ
fabric_NN
slowly_RB
begins_VBZ
to_IN
unravel_VB
._.
i_PP
was_BEDZ
first_OD
introduced_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
novel_NN
when_CS
i_PP
was_BEDZ
still_RB
in_IN
high_JJ
school_NN
._.
i_PP
read_VBD
an_DT
associated_JJ
press_NN
article_NN
in_IN
our_PP$
local_JJ
sunday_NP
newspaper_NN
detailing_VBG
the_DT
problems_NNS
ellis_NP
was_BEDZ
having_HVG
getting_VBG
his_PP$
novel_NN
published_VBN
due_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
controversial_JJ
violence_NN
in_IN
it_PP
._.
as_CS
usual_JJ
when_CS
anything_PN
is_BEZ
controversial_JJ
i_PP
try_VB
to_TO
seek_VB
it_PP
out_RP
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
soon_RB
forgot_VBD
about_IN
the_DT
novel_NN
and_CC
didn't_DOD
end_NP
up_VB
thinking_NN
about_IN
it_PP
again_RB
until_CS
i_PP
stumbled_VBD
across_IN
it_PP
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
years_NNS
later_RBR
at_IN
a_DT
bookstore_IN
._.
i_PP
picked_VBD
it_PP
up_RP
and_CC
read_VB
it_PP
,_,
but_CC
was_BEDZ
ultimately_RB
disappointed_JJ
because_CS
it_PP
left_VBD
more_DT
questions_NNS
than_CS
answers_NNS
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
similar_JJ
effect_NN
,_,
but_CC
at_IN
least_DT
it_PP
's_BEZ
less_DT
cryptic_JJ
than_CS
ellis_NP
'_"
novel_NN
._.
for_IN
once_RB
,_,
a_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
actually_RB
turned_VBN
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
better_JJR
than_CS
the_DT
novel_NN
it_PP
was_BEDZ
based_VBN
on_IN
._.
both_RB
the_DT
book_NN
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
open_JJ
with_IN
bateman_NP
describing_VBG
his_PP$
fastidious_JJ
morning_NN
preparations_NNS
(_(
down_IN
to_TO
exactly_RB
what_WDT
facial_JJ
scrubs_NNS
and_CC
exfoliating_JJ
creams_NNS
he_PP
uses_VBZ
)_)
but_CC
the_DT
novel_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
concentrate_VB
more_DT
on_IN
these_DT
excesses_NNS
throughout_IN
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
continues_VBZ
to_IN
touch_NN
upon_IN
these_DT
things_NNS
but_CC
makes_VBZ
more_DT
of_IN
a_DT
point_NN
to_IN
immerse_NN
us_NP
in_IN
bateman_NP
's_POS
impending_JJ
madness_NN
than_CS
to_IN
detail_NN
things_NNS
as_IN
painstakingly_RB
as_CS
the_DT
novel_NN
does_DOZ
._.
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
immensely_RB
more_DT
entertaining_JJ
._.
lions_NNS
gate_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
the_DT
studio_NN
champion_NN
of_IN
controversial_JJ
films_NNS
(_(
having_HVG
picked_VBN
up_RP
kevin_NP
smith_NP
's_POS
catholic-rattling_NN
dogma_NN
)_)
and_CC
here_RB
with_IN
american_JJ
psycho_NN
there_RB
is_BEZ
no_DT
difference_NN
._.
screenwriters_NNS
mary_NP
harron_NN
and_CC
guinevere_NN
turner_NP
had_HVD
the_DT
unenviable_JJ
task_NN
of_IN
trying_VBG
to_IN
take_VB
a_NP
novel_NN
about_IN
yuppies_NP
filled_VBD
with_IN
graphic_JJ
violence_NN
and_CC
sex_NN
and_CC
make_VB
a_DT
marketable_JJ
film_NN
out_RP
of_IN
it_PP
._.
some_DT
cuts_NNS
had_HVD
to_TO
be_BE
made_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
finished_JJ
film_NN
to_IN
keep_VB
from_IN
getting_VBG
an_DT
nc-17_???
,_,
mainly_RB
involving_VBG
a_DT
sex_NN
scene_NN
comprising_VBG
bateman_NP
and_CC
two_CD
women_NNS
,_,
and_CC
initial_JJ
reports_NNS
said_VBD
the_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
unwatchable_JJ
._.
thankfully_RB
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
watchable_JJ
and_CC
harron_NN
and_CC
turner_NP
have_HV
made_VBN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
scathingly_RB
satirical_JJ
films_NNS
this_DT
side_NN
of_IN
south_NN
park_NN
:_:
bigger_JJR
,_,
longer_JJR
&_???
uncut_JJ
._.
side_NN
note_NN
#_???
1_CD
:_:
co-writer_NN
guinevere_NN
turner_NP
also_RB
makes_VBZ
an_DT
appearance_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
as_IN
an_DT
ill-fated_JJ
acquaintance_NN
of_IN
bateman_NP
's_POS
who_WP
,_,
after_IN
bateman_NP
suggests_VBZ
that_CS
she_PP
start_VB
making_VBG
out_RP
with_IN
a_DT
female_JJ
prostitute_NN
,_,
proclaims_NNS
that_CS
she_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
lesbian_JJ
nor_CC
has_HVZ
any_DT
interest_NN
in_IN
it_PP
._.
the_DT
ironic_JJ
humor_NN
of_IN
the_DT
scene_NN
stems_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
turner_NP
(_(
the_DT
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
go_VB
fish_NN
and_CC
who_WP
also_RB
assisted_VBN
kevin_NP
smith_NP
with_IN
parts_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
script_NN
for_IN
chasing_VBG
amy_NP
)_(
is_BEZ
a_DT
lesbian_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
subtle_JJ
in-joke_NN
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
one_CD
i_NN
found_VBD
to_TO
be_BE
pretty_JJ
humorous_JJ
._.
despite_IN
having_HVG
a_DT
rather_RB
high_JJ
profile_NN
supporting_VBG
cast_VBN
of_IN
young_JJ
up-and-comers_NNS
(_(
including_IN
reese_JJ
witherspoon_NN
)_)
,_,
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
roles_NNS
are_BER
a_DT
waste_NN
and_CC
are_BER
the_DT
equivalent_JJ
of_IN
extended_JJ
billed_JJ
cameos_NNS
._.
the_DT
real_JJ
draw_NN
here_RB
is_BEZ
christian_JJ
bale_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
over-the-top_NN
performance_NN
as_IN
patrick_NP
bateman_NP
._.
whenever_WRB
i_PP
read_VBD
a_DT
novel_NN
i_PP
always_RB
try_VB
to_IN
imagine_VB
what_WDT
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
like_IN
as_IN
a_DT
movie_NN
and_CC
who_WP
would_MD
be_BE
perfect_JJ
to_TO
cast_VB
as_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
._.
i_PP
always_RB
had_HVD
a_DT
hard_JJ
time_NN
trying_VBG
to_IN
decide_VB
who_NP
i_PP
would_MD
cast_VB
as_IN
bateman_NP
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
never_RB
thought_VBD
bale_NN
would_MD
deliver_VB
a_DT
performance_NN
as_IN
perfect_JJ
as_CS
his_PP$
ends_NNS
up_RP
being_NN
._.
to_IN
say_NN
bale_NN
runs_VBZ
away_RB
with_IN
the_DT
character_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
vast_JJ
understatement_NN
and_CC
he_PP
proves_VBZ
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
as_IN
adept_JJ
at_IN
chewing_VBG
scenery_NN
as_IN
al_NP
pacino_NP
or_CC
rod_NN
steiger_NP
._.
one_CD
sequence_NN
in_IN
particular_JJ
,_,
involving_VBG
bateman_NP
describing_VBG
his_PP$
love_NN
for_IN
huey_???
lewis_NP
and_CC
the_DT
news_NN
'_"
song_NN
"_"
hip_NN
to_IN
be_BE
square_JJ
"_"
right_NN
before_IN
burying_VBG
an_DT
axe_NN
in_IN
a_DT
co-worker_NN
's_POS
head_NN
,_,
features_NNS
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
eccentric_JJ
and_CC
kinetic_JJ
performances_NNS
i_PP
have_HV
ever_RB
seen_VBN
on_IN
film_NN
._.
side_NN
note_NN
#_???
2_CD
:_:
despite_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
huey_???
lewis_NP
'_"
"_"
hip_NN
to_IN
be_BE
square_JJ
"_"
and_CC
a_DT
pair_NN
of_IN
phil_NP
collins_NP
songs_NNS
appear_VB
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
don't_DO
expect_VB
to_IN
see_NN
them_PP
on_IN
the_DT
soundtrack_NN
release_NN
._.
huey_???
lewis_NP
expressly_RB
requested_VBN
that_CS
his_PP$
song_NN
,_,
featured_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
rather_RB
large_JJ
set_NN
piece_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
(_(
much_DT
akin_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
use_NN
of_IN
"_"
stuck_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
middle_NN
with_IN
you_PP
"_"
in_IN
reservoir_NN
dogs_NNS
)_)
,_,
not_XNOT
be_BE
included_VBN
on_IN
any_DT
soundtrack_NN
release_NN
._.
i'm_???
assuming_VBG
that_DT
collins_NP
requested_VBN
the_DT
same_DT
._.
on_IN
a_DT
similar_JJ
note_NN
,_,
whitney_NP
houston_NP
's_POS
cover_NN
of_IN
"_"
the_DT
greatest_JJS
love_NN
of_IN
all_PDT
"_"
is_BEZ
also_RB
involved_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
scene_NN
comparable_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
two_CD
and_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
very_RB
obvious_JJ
that_CS
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
the_DT
houston_NP
version_NN
at_IN
all_PDT
but_CC
merely_RB
an_DT
instrumental_JJ
version_NN
culled_VBN
from_IN
an_DT
unknown_JJ
source_NN
._.
apparently_RB
,_,
houston_NP
wasn't_BEDZ
as_IN
open_JJ
about_IN
the_DT
use_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
song_NN
as_IN
the_DT
others_NNS
were_BED
._.
a_NN
bigger_JJR
controversy_NN
than_CS
the_DT
violence_NN
and_CC
sex_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
brewing_NN
since_CS
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
release_NN
:_:
that_DT
of_IN
whether_CS
or_CC
not_XNOT
patrick_NP
has_HVZ
actually_RB
committed_VBN
the_DT
crimes_NNS
we_PP
have_HV
viewed_VBN
during_IN
the_DT
course_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
don't_DO
look_VB
to_IN
the_DT
book_NN
for_IN
any_DT
answers_NNS
because_CS
it_PP
will_MD
only_RB
serve_VB
to_IN
confuse_VB
you_PP
more_DT
._.
several_DT
web_NN
sites_NNS
have_HV
been_BEN
dedicated_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
subject_NN
but_CC
i'm_???
still_JJ
undecided_JJ
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
evidence_NN
both_RB
for_IN
and_CC
against_IN
but_NP
the_DT
most_DT
scathing_NN
evidence_NN
against_IN
comes_VBZ
from_IN
a_DT
scene_NN
near_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
where_CS
bateman_NP
goes_VBZ
on_IN
a_DT
killing_NN
spree_NN
taking_VBG
out_RP
cops_NNS
,_,
old_JJ
ladies_NNS
,_,
and_CC
cleaning_NN
staff_NN
with_IN
equal_JJ
gusto_NN
._.
the_DT
scene_NN
seemed_VBD
very_RB
dream-like_JJ
and_CC
as_CS
absurd_JJ
as_IN
the_DT
action_NN
films_NNS
it_PP
suddenly_RB
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
parodying_CS
(_(
as_CS
an_DT
example_NN
,_,
bateman_NP
blows_VBZ
up_RP
a_DT
police_NNS
car_NN
very_RB
cinematically_RB
after_IN
firing_NN
several_DT
shots_NNS
from_IN
a_DT
handgun_NN
in_IN
the_DT
general_JJ
direction_NN
of_IN
the_DT
car_NN
)_)
._.
i_PP
kept_VBD
waiting_VBG
for_IN
bateman_NP
to_IN
wake_NN
up_RP
and_CC
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
to_IN
continue_VB
on_IN
from_IN
there_EX
,_,
but_CC
bateman_NP
never_RB
does_DOZ
wake_NN
up_IN
and_CC
the_DT
whole_JJ
sequence_NN
,_,
though_CS
comic_NN
,_,
throws_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
off-balance_NN
(_(
which_WDT
i_PP
suppose_VB
was_BEDZ
the_DT
intention_NN
)_)
._.
other_JJ
than_CS
the_DT
few_DT
flaws_NNS
i_PP
have_HV
mentioned_VBN
,_,
american_JJ
psycho_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
incredibly_RB
entertaining_JJ
film_NN
(_(
although_CS
you_PP
may_MD
not_XNOT
leave_VB
the_DT
movie_NN
fully_RB
understanding_NN
whether_CS
or_CC
not_XNOT
what_WDT
has_HVZ
just_RB
transpired_VBN
actually_RB
occurred_VBN
in_IN
bateman_NP
's_POS
reality_NN
)_)
._.
i_PP
think_VB
this_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
destined_VBN
for_IN
greatness_NN
as_IN
a_DT
cult_NN
film_NN
and_CC
deserves_VBZ
the_DT
spot_NN
it_PP
will_MD
take_VB
as_IN
such_DT
._.
it_PP
may_MD
not_XNOT
change_VB
anyone_PN
's_POS
life_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
will_MD
certainly_RB
have_HV
an_DT
effect_NN
._.
i_PP
know_VB
i_PP
will_MD
certainly_RB
hear_VB
"_"
hip_NN
to_IN
be_BE
square_JJ
"_"
in_IN
a_DT
different_JJ
context_NN
the_DT
next_OD
time_NN
i_PP
hear_VB
it_PP
._.
[_???
r_NN
]_???