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finding_NN
the_DT
courage_NN
to_IN
face_NN
life_NN
full-on_???
is_BEZ
a_DT
difficult_JJ
task_NN
._.
summoning_NN
up_RP
the_DT
audacity_NN
to_IN
fall_NN
in_IN
love_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
harder_JJR
job_NN
._.
if_CS
you're_???
a_DT
total_NN
jerk_NN
like_IN
melvin_NP
udall_NP
is_BEZ
,_,
the_DT
odds_NNS
are_BER
even_RB
more_RBR
against_IN
you_PP
._.
melvin_NP
(_(
jack_NP
nicholson_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
successful_JJ
romance_NN
author_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
just_RB
the_DT
opposite_JJ
of_IN
what_WDT
you_PP
would_MD
expect_VB
someone_PN
in_IN
that_DT
profession_NN
to_IN
be_BE
._.
a_DT
solitary_JJ
man_NN
hidden_VBN
away_RB
in_IN
his_PP$
new_JJ
york_NP
apartment_NN
with_IN
no_DT
human_JJ
interaction_NN
and_CC
not_XNOT
even_RB
a_DT
hint_NN
of_IN
ever_RB
having_HVG
been_BEN
in_IN
a_DT
passionate_JJ
relationship_NN
,_,
he_PP
avoids_VBZ
the_DT
outside_JJ
world_NN
as_IN
much_DT
as_IN
possible_JJ
._.
his_PP$
obsessive-compulsive_JJ
disorder_NN
rules_NNS
his_PP$
life_NN
as_IN
he_PP
uses_VBZ
several_DT
different_JJ
bars_NNS
of_IN
soap_NN
to_IN
wash_NN
his_PP$
hands_NNS
and_CC
refuses_VBZ
to_TO
step_VB
on_IN
a_DT
crack_NN
on_IN
the_DT
sidewalk_NN
._.
(_)
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
great_JJ
scene_NN
when_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
to_TO
cross_VB
a_DT
floor_NN
made_VBN
of_IN
mosaic_NN
tiles_NNS
--_???
_very_small__???
mosaic_NN
tiles_NNS
._.
)_)
melvin_NP
has_HVZ
some_DT
great_JJ
lines_NNS
._.
when_CS
his_PP$
publisher_NN
's_POS
receptionist_NN
asks_VBZ
him_PP
how_WRB
he_PP
writes_VBZ
women_NNS
so_RB
well_RB
in_IN
his_PP$
books_NNS
,_,
he_PP
responds_VBZ
"_"
i_PP
think_VB
of_IN
men_NNS
and_CC
i_PP
take_VB
away_RB
reason_NN
and_CC
accountability_NN
._.
"_"
don't_DO
get_VB
him_PP
wrong_JJ
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
merely_RB
a_DT
misogynist_NN
._.
setting_NN
his_PP$
sights_NNS
higher_RBR
than_CS
that_DT
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
homophobe_NN
,_,
racist_JJ
,_,
anti-semite_NN
,_,
xenophobe_NN
,_,
animal-hater_NN
and_CC
intensely_RB
dislikes_VBZ
people_NN
who_WP
talk_VB
in_IN
metaphors_NNS
._.
when_CS
we_PP
first_OD
meet_VB
him_PP
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
busy_JJ
dumping_NN
a_DT
neighbor_NP
's_POS
dog_NN
down_IN
the_DT
garbage_NN
chute_NN
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
an_DT
equal_JJ
opportunity_NN
bigot_VBD
._.
he_PP
does_DOZ
venture_NN
outside_JJ
his_PP$
apartment_NN
every_DT
day_NN
to_IN
eat_VB
breakfast_NN
at_IN
a_DT
local_JJ
cafe_NN
._.
melvin_NP
is_BEZ
such_DT
a_DT
grouchy_NN
curmudgeon_NN
that_CS
waitress_NN
carol_NP
connelly_RB
(_(
helen_NP
hunt_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
the_DT
only_RB
one_CD
willing_JJ
to_TO
wait_VB
on_IN
him_PP
._.
and_CC
she_PP
's_BEZ
none_PN
too_RB
happy_JJ
about_IN
it_PP
._.
when_CS
carol_NP
doesn't_DOZ
show_VB
up_RP
for_IN
work_NN
,_,
melvin_NP
's_POS
routine_NN
is_BEZ
shot_VBN
and_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
determined_VBN
to_IN
do_DO
something_PN
about_IN
it_PP
._.
tracking_NN
down_IN
her_PP$
address_NN
,_,
he_PP
shows_VBZ
up_RP
at_IN
her_PP$
place_NN
begging_NN
her_PP
to_IN
come_VBN
back_JJ
to_IN
work_NN
so_RB
that_CS
he_PP
can_MD
eat_VB
breakfast_NN
._.
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
she_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
poor_JJ
single_JJ
mother_NN
caring_NN
for_IN
a_DT
chronically_RB
ill_JJ
son_NN
doesn't_DOZ
appear_VB
to_TO
phase_NN
him_PP
,_,
he_PP
wants_VBZ
his_PP$
food_NN
._.
much_DT
more_DT
upsetting_JJ
is_BEZ
that_CS
his_PP$
gay_JJ
artist_NN
neighbor_NP
simon_NP
bishop_NN
(_(
greg_NP
kinnear_JJ
)_)
is_BEZ
brutally_RB
attacked_VBN
during_IN
a_DT
robbery_NN
._.
this_DT
doesn't_DOZ
upset_JJ
melvin_NP
much_DT
(_(
"_"
don't_DO
worry_NN
,_,
you'll_???
be_BE
back_JJ
on_IN
your_PP$
knees_NNS
in_IN
no_DT
time_NN
"_"
)_)
but_CC
when_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
bullied_VBD
into_IN
taking_VBG
care_NN
of_IN
simon_NP
's_POS
dog_NN
,_,
his_PP$
life_NN
is_BEZ
turned_VBN
topsy-turvey_NN
._.
melvin_NP
is_BEZ
sequestered_VBN
because_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
afraid_JJ
of_IN
what_WDT
's_BEZ
out_RP
there_RB
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
side_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
apartment_NN
door_NN
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
to_TO
make_VB
sure_JJ
it_PP
's_BEZ
ritualistically_RB
locked_VBN
three_CD
times_NNS
to_IN
keep_NN
the_DT
world_NN
on_IN
its_PP$
proper_JJ
side_NN
._.
when_CS
he_PP
brings_VBZ
the_DT
dog_NN
home_NN
he_PP
reluctantly_RB
grows_VBZ
fond_JJ
of_IN
it_PP
,_,
talking_VBG
to_IN
it_PP
and_CC
taking_VBG
it_PP
everywhere_RB
he_PP
goes_VBZ
._.
this_DT
little_JJ
crack_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
emotional_JJ
armor_NN
opens_VBZ
him_PP
up_RP
._.
hiding_VBG
behind_IN
his_PP$
need_NN
for_IN
carol_NP
to_IN
return_NN
to_IN
work_NN
so_RB
she_PP
can_MD
serve_VB
him_PP
,_,
he_PP
pays_VBZ
for_IN
a_DT
specialist_NN
to_IN
treat_NN
her_PP
son_NN
._.
he_PP
even_RB
develops_VBZ
a_DT
friendship_NN
with_IN
simon_NP
._.
all_PDT
three_CD
people_NN
are_BER
heavily_RB
damaged_VBN
._.
melvin_NP
has_HVZ
retreated_VBD
from_IN
life_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
apartment_NN
._.
carol_NP
has_HVZ
devoted_VBN
herself_PPX
to_IN
her_PP$
son_NN
,_,
convinced_JJ
that_CS
she_PP
has_HVZ
to_TO
give_VB
up_RP
her_PP$
life_NN
for_IN
him_PP
._.
simon_NP
is_BEZ
estranged_JJ
from_IN
his_PP$
parents_NNS
and_CC
his_PP$
friends_NNS
disappear_VB
when_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
hospitalized_JJ
and_CC
his_PP$
money_NN
runs_VBZ
out_RP
._.
a_DT
more_DT
unlikely_JJ
trio_NN
to_IN
form_NN
relationships_NNS
,_,
you'd_???
rarely_RB
see_NN
._.
and_CC
in_IN
the_DT
midst_NN
of_IN
it_PP
all_PDT
,_,
there_RB
are_BER
some_DT
wonderful_JJ
moments_NNS
._.
melvin_NP
is_BEZ
hilarious_JJ
in_IN
his_PP$
grouchiness_NN
and_CC
touching_VBG
as_IN
he_PP
attempts_NNS
to_IN
be_BE
nice_JJ
._.
"_"
you_PP
make_VB
me_PP
want_VB
to_TO
be_BE
a_DT
better_JJR
man_NN
,_,
"_"
he_PP
tells_VBZ
her_PP$
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
aspects_NNS
is_BEZ
that_CS
even_RB
as_CS
he_PP
opens_VBZ
up_RP
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
still_RB
a_DT
curmudgeon_NN
._.
carol_NP
,_,
afraid_JJ
that_CS
his_PP$
monetary_JJ
contribution_NN
to_IN
the_DT
wellness_NP
of_IN
her_PP$
son_NN
hides_VBZ
a_DT
hidden_JJ
agenda_NN
rushes_NNS
over_IN
to_IN
his_PP$
apartment_NN
in_IN
the_DT
rain_NN
to_IN
explain_VB
in_IN
no_DT
uncertain_JJ
terms_NNS
that_CS
she_PP
will_MD
never_RB
sleep_VB
with_IN
him_PP
._.
it_PP
only_RB
takes_VBZ
her_PP$
a_DT
second_NN
to_IN
realize_VB
that_RB
she_PP
is_BEZ
delivering_VBG
that_DT
statement_NN
while_CS
looking_VBG
as_IN
if_NN
she_PP
just_RB
left_VBD
a_DT
wet_JJ
t-shirt_NN
contest_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
hardly_RB
anything_PN
left_VBD
to_IN
say_NN
about_IN
jack_NP
nicholson_NP
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
remember_VB
ever_RB
seeing_VBG
him_PP
in_IN
anything_PN
less_DT
than_CS
a_DT
stellar_JJ
performance_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
over-the-edge_NN
melvin_NP
is_BEZ
no_DT
disappointment_NN
._.
nicholson_NP
may_MD
be_BE
the_DT
best_JJS
actor_NN
working_VBG
today_RB
._.
hunt_NP
does_DOZ
a_DT
commendable_JJ
job_NN
matching_NN
nicholson_NP
's_POS
energy_NN
._.
she_PP
isn't_BEZ
afraid_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
seen_VBN
as_IN
something_PN
less_DT
than_CS
a_DT
babe_NN
and_CC
her_PP$
portrayal_NN
of_IN
exhausted_JJ
run-down_NN
carol_NP
struggling_VBG
with_IN
seemingly_RB
overwhelming_JJ
obligations_NNS
is_BEZ
top-notch_NN
._.
their_PP$
on-screen_NN
chemistry_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
bit_NN
odd_JJ
._.
each_DT
does_DOZ
a_DT
wonderful_JJ
job_NN
with_IN
the_DT
character_NN
,_,
but_CC
together_RB
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
something_PN
a_DT
little_JJ
off_IN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
minor_JJ
problem_NN
:_:
they_PP
do_DO
work_VB
well_RB
together_RB
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
missing_VBG
element_NN
is_BEZ
what_WDT
prevents_VBZ
this_DT
from_IN
being_BEG
a_DT
four-star_JJ
film_NN
._.
director_NN
james_NP
l_NN
._.
brooks_NP
(_(
"_"
terms_NNS
of_IN
endearment_NN
"_"
,_,
"_"
broadcast_VB
news_NN
"_"
)_)
has_HVZ
a_DT
movie_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
picking_VBG
up_RP
awards_NNS
by_IN
the_DT
bucketsful_JJ
(_(
nominees_NNS
for_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
top_NN
golden_JJ
globes_NNS
,_,
winners_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
national_JJ
board_NN
of_IN
review_NN
,_,
inevitable_JJ
oscars_NNS
)_)
and_CC
has_HVZ
a_DT
winner_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
hands_NNS
._.
"_"
as_CS
good_JJ
as_IN
it_PP
gets_VBZ
"_"
isn't_BEZ
exactly_RB
the_DT
quality_NN
that_CS
the_DT
title_NN
says_VBZ
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
pretty_JJ
darn_???
close_JJ
._.
(_(
michael_NP
redman_NP
has_HVZ
written_VBN
this_DT
column_NN
for_IN
over_IN
12_CD
years_NNS
and_CC
as_IN
soon_RB
as_CS
he_PP
finishes_VBZ
this_DT
one_CD
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
off_IN
to_IN
an_DT
annual_JJ
12_CD
night_NN
celebration_NN
typically_RB
held_VBN
in_IN
freezing_JJ
weather_NN
during_IN
a_DT
snowstorm_NN
._.
this_DT
year_NN
it_PP
's_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
sixties_CD
and_CC
raining_VBG
._.
that_CS
wacky_JJ
el_NP
nino_???
._.
)_)