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tone_NN
alone_RB
cannot_NN
sustain_VB
a_DT
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
can_MD
go_VB
a_DT
long_JJ
way_NN
._.
if_CS
i_PP
can_MD
find_VB
myself_PPX
lost_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
time_NN
and_CC
place_NN
of_IN
a_DT
story_NN
,_,
it_PP
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style_NN
points_NNS
._.
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an_DT
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,_,
the_DT
effect_NN
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best_JJS
by_IN
an_DT
adjective_JJ
i_PP
do_DO
not_XNOT
use_VB
lightly_RB
:_:
"_"
literary_JJ
._.
"_"
what_WDT
's_BEZ
eating_VBG
gilbert_NP
grape_NN
?_?
is_BEZ
such_DT
a_DT
film_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
rich_JJ
,_,
memorable_JJ
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stunningly_RB
acted_VBN
story_NN
of_IN
desire_NN
colliding_VBG
with_IN
responsibility_NN
,_,
staged_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
manner_NN
which_WDT
many_DT
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might_MD
find_VB
too_RB
prosaic_JJ
,_,
but_CC
which_WDT
insinuated_VBD
itself_PPX
into_IN
my_PP$
imagination_NN
with_IN
its_PP$
confidence_NN
._.
gilbert_NP
grape_NN
(_(
johnny_NP
depp_???
)_(
is_BEZ
a_DT
young_JJ
man_NN
living_NN
in_IN
rural_JJ
endora_FW
,_,
iowa_???
,_,
facing_NN
incredible_JJ
responsibilities_NNS
._.
as_CS
the_DT
man_NN
of_IN
the_DT
house_NN
since_CS
his_PP$
father_NN
's_POS
suicide_NN
,_,
gilbert_NP
must_MD
support_VB
the_DT
family_NN
by_IN
working_VBG
at_IN
the_DT
local_JJ
grocery_NN
store_NN
._.
he_PP
also_RB
must_MD
watch_VB
over_IN
his_PP$
mentally_RB
handicapped_JJ
brother_NN
arnie_NN
(_(
leonardo_NP
dicaprio_NP
)_)
and_CC
help_VB
care_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
extremely_RB
overweight_JJ
mother_NN
(_(
darlene_NN
cates_NP
)_)
._.
gilbert_NP
seems_VBZ
destined_VBN
to_IN
spend_NN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
in_IN
the_DT
small_JJ
town_NN
until_CS
the_DT
arrival_NN
in_IN
endora_FW
of_IN
becky_NP
(_(
juliette_NP
lewis_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
free_JJ
spirit_NN
passing_VBG
through_IN
with_IN
her_PP$
grandmother_NN
when_CS
their_PP$
truck_NN
breaks_NNS
down_IN
._.
as_CS
he_PP
spends_VBZ
time_NN
with_IN
becky_NP
,_,
gilbert_NP
begins_VBZ
to_IN
think_NN
about_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
things_NNS
he_PP
is_BEZ
missing_VBG
._.
slowly_RB
his_PP$
resentment_NN
builds_VBZ
,_,
until_CS
he_PP
realizes_VBZ
that_CS
he_PP
can_MD
no_DT
longer_JJR
live_JJ
his_PP$
entire_JJ
life_NN
for_IN
other_JJ
people_NN
._.
director_NN
lasse_NP
hallstrom_NN
(_(
my_PP$
life_NN
as_IN
a_DT
dog_NN
)_)
and_CC
legendary_JJ
cinematographer_NN
sven_???
nykvist_NN
create_VB
a_DT
magnificent_JJ
visual_JJ
backdrop_NN
for_IN
peter_NP
hedges_NNS
'_"
screenplay_NN
,_,
based_VBN
on_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
novel_NN
._.
endora_FW
is_BEZ
a_DT
town_NN
on_IN
the_DT
edge_NN
of_IN
the_DT
world_NN
represented_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
giant_NN
foodmart_NP
,_,
a_DT
tiny_JJ
insular_JJ
community_NN
where_CS
everyone_PN
knows_VBZ
everyone_PN
else_RB
._.
the_DT
midwestern_JJ
sunsets_NNS
and_CC
sprawling_JJ
fields_NNS
are_BER
beautifully_RB
photographed_VBN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
atmosphere_NN
of_IN
the_DT
town_NN
is_BEZ
intensely_RB
real_JJ
._.
minor_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
like_IN
crispin_NP
glover_NN
as_IN
the_DT
town_NN
's_POS
mortician_JJ
,_,
are_BER
vividly_RB
realized_VBN
,_,
and_CC
there_EX
are_BER
echoes_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
last_OD
picture_NN
show_VB
in_IN
mary_NP
steenburgen_NP
's_POS
desperately_RB
unhappy_JJ
housewife_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
perfectly_RB
realized_VBN
scenes_NNS
focuses_VBZ
on_IN
the_DT
grand_JJ
opening_NN
of_IN
a_DT
burger_NN
franchise_NN
,_,
attended_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
entire_JJ
town_NN
and_CC
accompanied_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
off-key_JJ
high_JJ
school_NN
band_NN
._.
not_XNOT
a_DT
single_JJ
note_NN
in_IN
the_DT
depiction_NP
of_IN
endora_FW
rang_VBD
false_JJ
._.
the_DT
same_DT
can_MD
be_BE
said_VBN
of_IN
the_DT
character_NN
of_IN
gilbert_NP
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
testimony_NN
to_IN
the_DT
precision_NN
involved_JJ
in_IN
his_PP$
creation_NN
that_CS
he_PP
came_VBD
together_RB
completely_RB
with_IN
one_CD
perfectly_RB
placed_VBN
line_NN
,_,
when_CS
becky_NP
responds_VBZ
to_IN
gilbert_NP
's_POS
description_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
father_NN
with_IN
,_,
"_"
i_PP
knew_VBD
someone_PN
like_IN
that_DT
once_RB
._.
"_"
gilbert_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
man_NN
harboring_VBG
an_DT
ever-growing_JJ
bitterness_NN
about_IN
where_WRB
he_PP
finds_VBZ
himself_PPX
in_IN
life_NN
,_,
a_DT
bitterness_NN
which_WDT
reveals_VBZ
itself_PPX
in_IN
moments_NNS
of_IN
surprising_JJ
cruelty_NN
._.
in_IN
one_CD
scene_NN
,_,
he_PP
allows_VBZ
local_JJ
children_NNS
to_IN
look_NN
at_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
through_IN
their_PP$
window_NN
,_,
displaying_VBG
her_PP$
like_JJ
a_NN
side_NN
show_VB
attraction_NN
._.
his_PP$
entire_JJ
life_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
mocked_VBD
by_IN
arnie_NN
's_POS
repeated_JJ
chants_VBZ
of_IN
,_,
"_"
we're_???
not_XNOT
going_VBG
anywhere_RB
,_,
"_"
but_CC
instead_RB
of_IN
expressing_VBG
his_PP$
dissatisfaction_NN
he_PP
lets_VBZ
his_PP$
anger_NN
simmer_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
becomes_VBZ
clear_JJ
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
following_JJ
in_IN
his_PP$
father_NN
's_POS
footsteps_NNS
in_IN
this_DT
regard_NN
._.
johnny_NP
depp_???
expertly_RB
demonstrates_VBZ
the_DT
tension_NN
central_JJ
to_IN
gilbert_NP
by_IN
playing_VBG
everything_PN
below_IN
the_DT
surface_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
never_RB
gives_VBZ
in_IN
to_IN
one-dimensional_JJ
blankness_NN
or_CC
simply_RB
regurgitates_NNS
his_PP$
naif_???
roles_NNS
in_IN
benny_NN
&_???
joon_???
and_CC
edward_NP
scissorhands_NNS
._.
depp_???
's_BEZ
performance_NN
is_BEZ
overshadowed_VBN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
by_IN
leonardo_NP
dicaprio_NP
's_POS
astonishing_JJ
oscar-nominated_JJ
supporting_JJ
work_NN
as_IN
arnie_NN
._.
he_PP
puts_VBZ
to_IN
shame_NN
such_DT
big_JJ
name_NN
actors_NNS
as_IN
john_NP
malkovich_NP
and_CC
dustin_NP
hoffman_NP
,_,
whose_WP$
mentally_RB
challenged_VBD
characters_NNS
never_RB
seemed_VBD
completely_RB
real_JJ
._.
dicaprio_NP
is_BEZ
perfect_JJ
to_TO
the_DT
last_OD
twitch_NN
and_CC
squeal_NN
,_,
and_CC
anyone_PN
who_WP
has_HVZ
ever_RB
spent_VBN
time_NN
with_IN
mentally_RB
challenged_VBN
kids_NNS
will_MD
be_BE
hard-pressed_JJ
to_TO
spot_VB
a_DT
flaw_NN
._.
darlene_NN
cates_NP
,_,
a_DT
first-time_JJ
actor_NN
,_,
brings_VBZ
real_JJ
pain_NN
to_IN
her_PP$
scenes_NNS
as_IN
gilbert_NP
's_POS
tortured_VBN
mother_NN
,_,
and_CC
laura_NN
harrington_NP
and_CC
mary_NP
kate_NP
schellhardt_NP
are_BER
solid_JJ
as_IN
gilbert_NP
's_POS
sisters_NNS
._.
only_RB
juliette_NP
lewis_NP
doesn't_DOZ
quite_RB
click_NN
,_,
playing_VBG
a_DT
critical_JJ
role_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
now_RB
familiar_JJ
dopey_NP
drone_NN
and_CC
too_RB
little_JJ
genuine_JJ
spark_NN
._.
gilbert_NP
grape_NN
does_DOZ
seem_VB
to_TO
drift_VB
into_IN
its_PP$
conclusion_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
never_RB
lost_VBD
me_PP
._.
thanks_NNS
to_IN
a_DT
lovingly_RB
created_VBN
setting_NN
and_CC
a_DT
marvelous_JJ
cast_NN
,_,
this_DT
1993_CD
release_NN
proves_VBZ
well_RB
worth_IN
the_DT
wait_VB
._.