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some_DT
of_IN
my_PP$
friends_NNS
who_WP
went_VBD
to_IN
live_JJ
in_IN
usa_NP
complain_VB
about_IN
one_CD
thing_NN
-_-
that_CS
country_NN
is_BEZ
very_RB
different_JJ
from_IN
the_DT
one_CD
depicted_VBN
in_IN
hollywood_NP
movies_NNS
._.
that_CS
is_BEZ
especially_RB
true_JJ
for_IN
those_DT
who_WP
end_VB
up_RP
somewhere_RB
in_IN
that_DT
unexplored_JJ
land_NN
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los_NP
angeles_NP
and_CC
new_JJ
york_NP
where_CS
they_PP
find_VB
,_,
to_IN
their_PP$
big_JJ
surprise_NN
,_,
that_CS
the_DT
majority_NN
of_IN
people_NN
vote_NN
republican_NN
,_,
go_VB
to_IN
church_NN
every_DT
sunday_NP
and_CC
usually_RB
don't_DO
tolerate_VB
liberal_JJ
attitudes_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
taken_VBN
for_IN
granted_VBN
in_IN
an_DT
average_JJ
american_JJ
film_NN
._.
such_DT
rude_JJ
awakening_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
can_MD
happen_VB
in_IN
another_DT
direction_NN
-_-
conservative_JJ
people_NN
are_BER
sometimes_RB
forced_VBN
to_IN
discover_VB
unpleasant_JJ
truths_NNS
about_IN
world_NN
they_PP
live_VB
in_IN
._.
something_PN
like_IN
that_DT
happens_VBZ
to_IN
jake_NP
van_NP
dorn_???
(_(
george_NP
c_NN
._.
scott_NP
)_(
,_,
successful_JJ
grand_JJ
rapids_NNS
businessman_NN
who_WP
shares_NNS
strong_JJ
calvinist_NN
convictions_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
community_NN
._.
one_CD
day_NN
his_PP$
daughter_NN
kristen_VBN
(_(
ilah_???
davis_NP
)_)
disappears_VBZ
from_IN
calvinist_JJ
youth_NN
convention_NN
in_IN
california_NP
._.
van_NP
dorn_???
is_BEZ
worried_JJ
because_CS
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
believe_VB
that_CS
his_PP$
daughter_NN
would_MD
run_VB
from_IN
home_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
truth_NN
delivered_VBN
by_IN
private_JJ
investigator_NN
andy_NP
mast_NN
(_(
peter_NP
boyle_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
even_RB
harder_JJR
-_-
kristen_JJ
is_BEZ
spotted_VBN
in_IN
cheap_JJ
pornographic_JJ
film_NN
._.
infuriated_JJ
van_NN
dorn_???
is_BEZ
unsatisfied_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
way_NN
mast_NN
's_POS
investigation_NN
is_BEZ
going_VBG
,_,
so_RB
he_PP
goes_VBZ
to_IN
los_NP
angeles_NP
to_IN
search_NN
for_IN
kristen_NP
himself_PPX
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
he_PP
lacks_VBZ
experience_NN
and_CC
the_DT
quest_NN
,_,
that_CS
brought_VBN
him_PP
to_IN
the_DT
utter_JJ
depths_NNS
of_IN
sex_NN
underworld_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
fruitless_NN
._.
things_NNS
change_VB
when_CS
he_PP
devises_VBZ
cunning_JJ
plan_NN
and_CC
,_,
while_CS
doing_DOG
it_NN
,_,
stumbles_VBZ
on_IN
sympathetic_JJ
prostitute_NN
and_CC
part_NN
time_NN
porno_???
actress_NN
nicky_NP
(_(
season_NN
hubley_NP
)_)
._.
almost_RB
two_CD
decades_NNS
after_IN
its_PP$
release_NN
,_,
hardcore_WRB
is_BEZ
mostly_RB
forgotten_VBN
by_IN
critics_NNS
and_CC
film_NN
scholars_NNS
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
real_JJ
shame_NN
,_,
because_CS
very_RB
few_DT
movies_NNS
in_IN
today_RB
's_POS
hollywood_NP
would_MD
dare_VB
tackle_VB
controversial_JJ
issues_NNS
that_CS
writer_NN
and_CC
director_NN
paul_NP
schrader_NN
explored_VBN
in_IN
his_PP$
second_NN
directorial_JJ
attempt_NN
._.
in_IN
late_JJ
1970s_CD
,_,
it_PP
was_BEDZ
totally_RB
different_JJ
situation_NN
-_-
films_NNS
were_BED
expected_VBN
to_IN
have_HV
mature_JJ
,_,
serious_JJ
themes_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
mature_JJ
audience_NN
._.
for_IN
schrader_NN
this_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
nice_JJ
opportunity_NN
to_IN
expand_VB
the_DT
subplot_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
previous_JJ
work_NN
,_,
taxi_NN
driver_NN
-_-
one_CD
that_RB
deals_VBZ
with_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
generational_JJ
divide_NN
that_CS
tormented_VBN
the_DT
american_JJ
society_NN
in_IN
1970s_CD
._.
on_IN
one_CD
side_NN
we_PP
have_HV
an_DT
old_JJ
america_NP
that_CS
sticks_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
puritan_NN
ideals_NNS
of_IN
hard_JJ
work_NN
and_CC
strict_JJ
morals_NNS
that_CS
made_VBN
that_CS
country_NN
great_JJ
._.
but_CC
that_CS
america_NP
is_BEZ
obviously_RB
unable_JJ
to_IN
cope_NP
with_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
challenges_NNS
brought_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
social_JJ
turmoil_NN
in_IN
1960s_CD
and_CC
,_,
instead_RB
of_IN
facing_VBG
them_PP
,_,
prefers_VBZ
to_IN
live_JJ
in_IN
rural_JJ
,_,
conservative_JJ
cocoons_NNS
._.
the_DT
new_JJ
america_NP
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
fares_NNS
no_DT
better_JJR
-_-
ideals_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
so-called_JJ
"_"
sexual_JJ
revolution_NN
"_"
,_,
same_DT
as_IN
all_PDT
other_JJ
"_"
revolutions_NNS
"_"
of_IN
the_DT
swinging_JJ
sixties_CD
,_,
degraded_JJ
into_IN
exploitation_NN
and_CC
depravity_NN
._.
instead_RB
of_IN
being_BEG
"_"
liberated_JJ
"_"
,_,
baby_NN
boomers_NNS
are_BER
stuck_VBN
with_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
inability_NN
to_IN
cope_NP
with_IN
the_DT
newly_RB
discovered_VBN
freedoms_NNS
._.
schrader_NN
very_RB
cleverly_RB
brings_VBZ
the_DT
idea_NN
that_CS
those_DT
two_CD
americas_NPS
,_,
actually_RB
,_,
aren't_BER
so_RB
far_RB
away_RB
-_-
nice_JJ
example_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
brilliant_JJ
scene_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
van_NP
dorn_???
,_,
already_RB
described_VBN
as_IN
an_DT
authoritarian_JJ
and_CC
paternalistic_JJ
capitalist_JJ
,_,
meets_VBZ
sleazy_NP
porno_???
producer_NN
;_;
the_DT
latter_DT
one_CD
also_RB
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
authoritarian_JJ
,_,
paternalistic_JJ
and_CC
very_RB
dedicated_VBN
to_IN
this_DT
job_NN
._.
the_DT
difference_NN
between_IN
the_DT
two_CD
is_BEZ
simply_RB
in_IN
the_DT
line_NN
of_IN
work_NN
._.
many_DT
contemporary_JJ
critics_NNS
actually_RB
accused_VBD
schrader_NN
of_IN
promoting_VBG
conservative_JJ
agenda_NN
._.
on_IN
the_DT
surface_NN
,_,
it_PP
may_MD
look_VB
that_DT
way_NN
-_-
audience_NN
is_BEZ
forced_VBN
to_IN
sympathise_NN
with_IN
van_NP
dorn_???
and_CC
his_PP$
quest_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
scenes_NNS
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
portrayed_VBN
as_IN
nice_JJ
family_NN
man_NN
who_WP
actually_RB
doesn't_DOZ
deserve_VB
to_TO
experience_VB
parent_NN
's_POS
worst_JJS
nightmare_NN
._.
the_DT
scene_NN
in_IN
the_DT
porno_???
cinema_NN
that_CS
reveals_VBZ
kristen_JJ
's_NNS
fate_NN
is_BEZ
extremely_RB
cruel_JJ
;_;
pain_NN
and_CC
humiliation_NN
,_,
brought_VBN
by_IN
oscar-winning_VBG
actor_NN
george_NP
c_NN
._.
scott_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
of_IN
such_DT
intensity_NN
,_,
that_CS
the_DT
audience_NN
feels_VBZ
sorry_JJ
for_IN
him_PP
and_CC
simply_RB
must_MD
support_VB
his_PP$
agenda_NN
._.
van_NP
dorn_???
is_BEZ
perhaps_RB
flawed_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
subtle_JJ
hints_NNS
lead_VB
to_IN
the_DT
unflattering_NN
truth_NN
at_IN
the_DT
end_NN
;_;
but_CC
the_DT
viewers_NNS
simply_RB
know_VB
that_CS
his_PP$
cause_NN
is_BEZ
just_RB
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
prodigal_NN
daughter_NN
must_MD
be_BE
better_JJR
off_IN
with_IN
her_PP$
loving_JJ
father_NN
than_CS
with_IN
the_DT
sleazy_NP
pornographers_NNS
that_CS
only_RB
want_VB
to_IN
exploit_VB
her_PP$
body_NN
._.
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
schrader_NN
,_,
who_WP
grew_VBD
up_RP
in_IN
an_DT
environment_NN
very_RB
much_RB
like_IN
van_NP
dorn_???
's_BEZ
(_(
his_PP$
own_DT
parents_NNS
wouldn't_MD
allow_VB
him_PP
to_IN
watch_NN
movies_NNS
until_CS
he_PP
was_BEDZ
18_CD
)_(
,_,
knows_VBZ
better_RBR
and_CC
tries_VBZ
to_TO
bring_VB
another_DT
side_NN
of_IN
coin_NN
._.
even_RB
the_DT
people_NN
connected_VBN
with_IN
sex_NN
underworld_NN
can_MD
show_VB
redeeming_VBG
qualities_NNS
-_-
like_IN
nicky_NP
,_,
who_WP
actually_RB
tries_VBZ
to_IN
improve_VB
her_PP$
life_NN
,_,
and_CC
sleazy_NP
detective_NN
who_WP
develops_VBZ
something_PN
like_IN
a_DT
conscience_NN
at_IN
the_DT
end_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
schrader_NN
fails_VBZ
to_IN
erase_VB
the_DT
impact_NN
of_IN
the_DT
shocking_JJ
scene_NN
at_IN
the_DT
beginning_NN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
attempt_NN
to_IN
reconcile_VB
the_DT
opposing_JJ
sides_NNS
of_IN
america_NP
seems_VBZ
lost_JJ
in_IN
somewhat_RB
clich_NP
?_?
d_NN
finale_NN
._.
the_DT
script_NN
is_BEZ
slightly_RB
flawed_JJ
,_,
and_CC
schrader_NN
as_IN
director_NN
doesn't_DOZ
show_VB
too_RB
much_DT
originality_NN
-_-
his_PP$
style_NN
seems_VBZ
too_RB
influenced_VBN
by_IN
techniques_NNS
that_CS
scorsese_JJ
used_JJ
in_IN
taxi_NN
driver_NN
._.
apart_RB
from_IN
the_DT
scenes_NNS
in_IN
grand_JJ
rapids_NNS
,_,
those_DT
two_CD
films_NNS
even_RB
look_VB
alike_RB
._.
but_CC
the_DT
content_NN
might_MD
be_BE
more_DT
than_CS
interesting_JJ
for_IN
today_RB
's_POS
viewer_NN
,_,
especially_RB
those_DT
inspired_JJ
by_IN
the_DT
current_JJ
70s_CD
revival_NN
._.
until_CS
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
,_,
no_DT
hollywood_NP
mainstream_JJ
movie_NN
ever_RB
dared_VBD
to_TO
explore_VB
the_DT
phenomenon_NN
of_IN
pornography_NN
in_IN
1970s_CD
._.
hardcore_IN
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
might_MD
serve_VB
as_IN
precious_JJ
document_NN
,_,
because_CS
it_PP
depicts_VBZ
sex_NN
film_NN
industry_NN
in_IN
the_DT
period_NN
often_RB
regarded_VBN
as_IN
the_DT
golden_JJ
age_NN
by_IN
connoisseurs_NNS
-_-
before_IN
the_DT
advent_NN
of_IN
video_NN
,_,
when_CS
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
porno_???
filmmakers_NN
could_MD
afford_VB
to_IN
think_NN
of_IN
themselves_PPX
as_CS
artists_NNS
._.
the_DT
view_NN
of_IN
such_DT
age_NN
and_CC
the_DT
industry_NN
is_BEZ
very_RB
unflattering_VBG
,_,
though_CS
,_,
but_CC
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
whose_WP$
main_JJ
character_NN
takes_VBZ
time_NN
to_IN
explain_VB
calvinist_JJ
doctrines_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
,_,
that_CS
shouldn't_???
be_BE
too_RB
surprising_JJ
._.
anyway_RB
,_,
despite_IN
some_DT
flaws_NNS
,_,
hardcore_IN
remains_NNS
very_RB
interesting_JJ
and_CC
powerful_JJ
piece_NN
of_IN
cinema_NN
._.