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the_DT
promotion_NN
for_IN
fear_NN
and_CC
loathing_NN
in_IN
las_NP
vegas_NP
?_?
has_HVZ
made_VBD
the_DT
film_NN
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
comedy_NN
,_,
and_CC
for_IN
about_RB
the_DT
first_OD
hour_NN
or_CC
so_RB
it_PP
seems_VBZ
like_IN
it_PP
might_MD
be_BE
one_CD
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
1971_CD
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
hippie_NN
movement_NN
has_HVZ
left_VBN
behind_IN
quite_RB
a_DT
few_DT
wash-outs_NNS
,_,
among_IN
them_PP
journalist_NN
raoul_???
duke_NN
(_(
johnny_NP
depp_???
)_(
and_CC
his_PP$
"_"
attorney_NN
"_"
dr_NN
._.
gonzo_NP
(_(
benito_NP
del_NP
toro_???
)_(
._.
these_DT
two_CD
spend_VB
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
in_IN
a_DT
drug-induced_JJ
stupor_NN
,_,
having_HVG
strange_JJ
hallucinations_NNS
,_,
trashing_VBG
their_PP$
hotel_NN
rooms_NNS
,_,
and_CC
either_RB
annoying_VBG
or_CC
scaring_VBG
almost_RB
everyone_PN
that_CS
crosses_VBZ
their_PP$
path_NN
._.
duke_NN
is_BEZ
first_OD
assigned_VBN
to_IN
cover_NN
an_DT
outdoor_JJ
desert_NN
motorcycle_NN
race_NN
in_IN
las_NP
vegas_NP
,_,
but_CC
gets_VBZ
lost_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
blur_NN
of_IN
drugs_NNS
,_,
beer_NN
,_,
and_CC
flying_JJ
dust_NN
,_,
and_CC
ends_NNS
up_IN
wandering_VBG
around_IN
with_IN
no_DT
clue_NN
who_WP
won_VBD
._.
he_PP
leaves_VBZ
vegas_NP
briefly_RB
before_IN
he_PP
is_BEZ
sent_VBN
back_RP
,_,
in_IN
what_WDT
can_MD
only_RB
be_BE
described_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
strangely_RB
appropriate_JJ
twist_NN
of_IN
fate_NN
,_,
to_IN
cover_NN
a_DT
drug_NN
enforcement_NN
conference_NN
._.
fear_NN
and_CC
loathing_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
misinterpreted_VBN
by_IN
some_DT
as_IN
glorifying_VBG
the_DT
use_NN
of_IN
drugs_NNS
._.
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
,_,
even_RB
in_IN
the_DT
beginning--while_JJ
the_DT
pair_NN
's_POS
antics_NNS
are_BER
sometimes_RB
amusing_JJ
and_CC
relatively_RB
harmless_JJ
at_IN
first_OD
,_,
the_DT
humor_NN
here_RB
is_BEZ
still_RB
fairly_RB
dark_JJ
._.
director_NN
terry_NP
gilliam_NP
views_NNS
them_PP
with_IN
a_DT
rather_RB
satirical_JJ
eye_NN
,_,
and_CC
even_RB
when_CS
we're_???
laughing_JJ
,_,
we're_???
laughing_JJ
at_IN
them_PP
rather_RB
than_CS
with_IN
them_PP
._.
they_PP
spend_VB
most_DT
of_IN
their_PP$
time_NN
paranoid_JJ
,_,
angry_JJ
,_,
or_CC
just_RB
plain_JJ
befuddled_JJ
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
probably_RB
an_DT
understandable_JJ
reaction_NN
to_IN
seeing_VBG
the_DT
entire_JJ
room_NN
suddenly_RB
fill_VB
up_RP
with_IN
giant_NN
reptiles_NNS
._.
the_DT
black_JJ
comedy_NN
may_MD
be_BE
entertaining_JJ
to_TO
watch_VB
onscreen_IN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
probably_RB
not_XNOT
something_PN
most_DT
other_JJ
audience_NN
members_NNS
would_MD
want_VB
to_IN
experience_NN
first-hand_JJ
._.
all_PDT
this_DT
aside_RB
,_,
i_PP
was_BEDZ
starting_VBG
to_IN
grow_VB
a_NP
bit_NN
restless_JJ
as_IN
the_DT
film_NN
drew_VBD
near_IN
its_PP$
one-hour_NN
mark_NN
,_,
thinking_VBG
to_IN
myself_PPX
that_CS
i_PP
wanted_VBD
something_PN
more_DT
out_RP
of_IN
this_DT
than_CS
just_RB
an_DT
off-kilter_NN
satire_NN
of_IN
drug_NN
culture_NN
._.
thankfully_RB
,_,
the_DT
script_NN
delivers_VBZ
it_PP
before_IN
too_RB
long_JJ
,_,
as_CS
duke_NN
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
rare_JJ
moment_NN
of_IN
lucidity_NN
,_,
stops_VBZ
to_IN
recall_NN
how_WRB
he_PP
was_BEDZ
once_RB
an_DT
enthusiastic_JJ
hippie_NN
,_,
"_"
riding_NP
the_DT
wave_NN
"_"
of_IN
something_PN
that_CS
seemed_VBD
special_JJ
and_CC
important_JJ
._.
now_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
six_CD
years_NNS
later_RBR
and_CC
the_DT
wave_NN
has_HVZ
finally_RB
broken_VBN
,_,
as_CS
he_PP
puts_VBZ
it_PP
._.
materialistic_JJ
culture_NN
is_BEZ
still_RB
alive_JJ
and_CC
well_RB
and_CC
,_,
for_IN
most_DT
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
right_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
face_NN
in_IN
las_NP
vegas_NP
;_;
the_DT
"_"
american_JJ
dream_NN
"_"
of_IN
which_WDT
duke_NN
occasionally_RB
speaks_VBZ
is_BEZ
still_RB
just_RB
as_CS
shallow_JJ
and_CC
phony_NN
as_IN
ever_RB
._.
the_DT
social_JJ
protesters_NNS
have_HV
lost_VBN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
more_RBR
questionable_JJ
aspects_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
movement_NN
have_HV
turned_VBN
ugly_JJ
and_CC
left_JJ
casualties_NNS
such_DT
as_IN
duke_NN
to_IN
drift_NN
in_IN
a_DT
sea_NN
of_IN
drugs_NNS
and_CC
disillusionment_NN
._.
in_IN
many_DT
ways_NNS
,_,
fear_NN
and_CC
loathing_NN
is_BEZ
gilliam_NP
's_POS
most_RBS
reality-based_JJ
film_NN
;_;
all_PDT
of_IN
his_PP$
others_NNS
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
exception_NN
of_IN
the_DT
fisher_NP
king_NN
,_,
have_HV
made_VBN
use_NN
of_IN
some_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
fantasy_NN
or_CC
science-fiction_NP
plot_NN
elements_NNS
._.
yet_RB
it_PP
is_BEZ
his_PP$
off-the-wall_NN
masterpiece_NN
brazil_NP
?_?
to_TO
which_WDT
this_DT
film_NN
bears_NNS
the_DT
most_RBS
visual_JJ
resemblance_NN
._.
the_DT
protagonist_NN
of_IN
brazil_NP
found_VBD
himself_PPX
alternately_RB
surrounded_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
plastic_NN
,_,
soulless_NN
society_NN
and_CC
the_DT
constant_JJ
chaos_NN
of_IN
totalitarian_JJ
police_NNS
inspections_NNS
and_CC
terrorist_NN
attacks_NNS
,_,
and_CC
similarly_RB
duke_NN
's_POS
world_NN
is_BEZ
composed_VBN
of_IN
the_DT
artificial_JJ
,_,
empty_JJ
glam_JJ
of_IN
las_NP
vegas_NP
and_CC
the_DT
bizarre_JJ
anarchy_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
drug_NN
hallucinations_NNS
._.
unlike_IN
the_DT
protagonist_NN
of_IN
brazil_NP
,_,
however_RB
,_,
duke_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
particularly_RB
admirable_JJ
figure_NN
,_,
and_CC
neither_RB
is_BEZ
gonzo_NP
._.
during_IN
the_DT
latter_DT
half_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
their_PP$
trips_NNS
turn_VB
nastier_RBR
and_CC
the_DT
consequences_NNS
worse_JJR
,_,
eventually_RB
building_NN
up_RP
to_IN
an_DT
incident_NN
an_DT
a_DT
diner_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
gonzo_NP
crudely_RB
frightens_VBZ
and_CC
humiliates_NNS
a_DT
waitress_NN
,_,
while_CS
duke_NN
,_,
though_CS
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
seem_VB
to_TO
approve_VB
,_,
doesn't_DOZ
do_DO
anything_PN
to_TO
stop_VB
it_PP
either_RB
._.
by_IN
the_DT
time_NN
this_DT
scene_NN
takes_VBZ
place_NN
,_,
they_PP
don't_DO
seem_VB
like_IN
hippies_NNS
or_CC
peaceniks_NNS
or_CC
protesters_NNS
or_CC
anything_PN
of_IN
the_DT
sort_NN
any_DT
more_DT
;_;
they_PP
just_RB
seem_VB
like_IN
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
stoned_JJ
jerks_NNS
in_IN
a_DT
diner_NN
._.
duke_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
realize_VB
at_IN
some_DT
level_NN
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
become_VBN
something_PN
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
like_IN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
either_RB
too_RB
apathetic_JJ
or_CC
too_RB
defeated_VBN
to_IN
do_DO
anything_PN
to_TO
change_VB
._.
this_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
taken_VBN
a_DT
critical_JJ
drubbing_NN
from_IN
many_DT
who_WP
view_VB
it_PP
as_IN
an_DT
essentially_RB
pointless_JJ
film_NN
that_CS
simply_RB
throws_VBZ
one_CD
trip_NN
scene_NN
after_IN
another_DT
at_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
._.
while_CS
gilliam_NP
may_MD
have_HV
overdone_PN
it_PP
in_CD
a_NN
few_DT
places_NNS
,_,
i_PP
think_VB
he_PP
and_CC
his_PP$
co-writers_NNS
deserve_VB
more_DT
credit_NN
than_CS
that_DT
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
plenty_PN
of_IN
substance_NN
here_RB
,_,
particularly_RB
in_IN
the_DT
second_NN
half_NN
;_;
its_PP$
observations_NNS
about_IN
the_DT
broken_JJ
and_CC
defeated_JJ
rebels_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
'60s_???
and_CC
the_DT
objects_NNS
of_IN
their_PP$
rebellion_NN
just_RB
aren't_BER
usually_RB
very_RB
pleasant_JJ
._.
unlike_IN
,_,
say_VB
,_,
brazil_NP
?_?
or_CC
the_DT
fisher_NP
king_NN
,_,
both_RB
of_IN
which_WDT
feature_NN
a_DT
character_NN
who_WP
dares_VBZ
to_IN
let_VBN
himself_NN
dream_NN
in_IN
a_DT
repressive_JJ
environment_NN
,_,
fear_NN
and_CC
loathing_NN
in_IN
las_NP
vegas_NP
?_?
shows_NNS
us_NP
someone_PN
who_NP
's_BEZ
given_VBN
up_RP
on_IN
his_PP$
dreams_NNS
and_CC
resorts_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
quick_JJ
fix_NN
of_IN
drugs_NNS
._.
in_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
psychedelic_NN
,_,
whacked-out_IN
way_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
sad_JJ
and_CC
regretful_JJ
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
think_VB
it_PP
's_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
a_DT
kick_NN
in_IN
the_DT
pants_NNS
,_,
a_DT
challenge_NN
to_IN
find_VB
an_DT
alternative_NN
between_IN
chemically-induced_JJ
withdrawal_NN
and_CC
the_DT
equally_RB
addictive_JJ
drug_NN
of_IN
vegas-style_JJ
materialism_NN
._.
indeed_RB
,_,
duke_NN
himself_PPX
admits_VBZ
at_IN
one_CD
point_NN
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
never_RB
learned_VBN
to_IN
accept_VB
that_RB
you_PP
can_MD
get_VB
higher_JJR
without_IN
drugs_NNS
than_CS
with_IN
them_PP
._.
i'm_???
not_XNOT
sure_JJ
if_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
any_DT
closer_RBR
to_IN
accepting_VBG
it_PP
by_IN
the_DT
end_NN
or_CC
not_XNOT
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
suspect_VB
the_DT
audience_NN
will_MD
get_VB
the_DT
idea_NN
._.