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in_IN
1987_CD
the_DT
stock_NN
market_NN
crashed_VBD
,_,
and_CC
oliver_NP
stone_NN
's_POS
wall_NN
street_NN
was_BEDZ
released_VBN
to_IN
critical_JJ
acclaim_NN
and_CC
packed_JJ
movie_NN
houses_NNS
._.
wall_NN
street_NN
lucked_VBD
out_RP
in_IN
its_PP$
timing_NN
;_;
the_DT
recent_JJ
crash_NN
gave_VBD
the_DT
film_NN
a_DT
resonation_NP
it_PP
might_MD
not_XNOT
of_IN
had_HVD
,_,
and_CC
though_CS
its_PP$
kill-or-be-killed_JJ
approach_NN
to_IN
business_NN
was_BEDZ
exaggerated_VBN
,_,
that_CS
very_RB
ideology_NN
was_BEDZ
keyed_VBN
into_IN
the_DT
mind_NN
set_NN
of_IN
the_DT
quintessential_JJ
reagan-era_NN
businessman_NN
._.
stone_NN
constructed_VBN
his_PP$
film_NN
as_IN
a_DT
mythical_JJ
good_JJ
vs_IN
._.
evil_NN
tale_NN
relayed_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
fast-paced_JJ
milieu_NN
of_IN
the_DT
burgeoning_JJ
stock_NN
exchange_NN
._.
critics_NNS
and_CC
audiences_NNS
lauded_VBN
wall_NN
street_NN
,_,
elevating_VBG
its_PP$
status_NN
to_IN
that_DT
of_IN
a_DT
contemporary_JJ
classic_JJ
._.
i'm_???
proud_JJ
to_TO
say_VB
that_DT
i_PP
will_MD
never_RB
be_BE
counted_VBN
as_IN
one_CD
of_IN
them_PP
._.
i_PP
found_VBD
wall_NN
street_NN
to_IN
be_BE
just_JJ
as_IN
axiomatic_JJ
and_CC
pandering_VBG
as_IN
the_DT
majority_NN
of_IN
stone_NN
's_POS
output_NN
with_IN
its_PP$
thin_JJ
caricatures_NNS
,_,
obvious_JJ
sentiments_NNS
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
charisma_NN
barren_JJ
performance_NN
by_IN
the_DT
young_JJ
charlie_NP
sheen_NN
._.
stone_NN
goes_VBZ
for_IN
broke_JJ
in_IN
every_DT
scene_NN
(_(
the_DT
same_DT
could_MD
be_BE
said_VBN
for_IN
nearly_RB
all_PDT
of_IN
his_PP$
works_NN
)_)
._.
this_DT
approach_NN
tends_VBZ
to_IN
bury_NP
his_PP$
purported_JJ
message_NN
beneath_IN
a_DT
heap_NN
of_IN
good_JJ
intentions_NNS
._.
he_PP
directs_VBZ
stock_NN
exchange_NN
scenes_NNS
in_IN
typical_JJ
hyperbolic_NN
mode_NN
with_IN
people_NN
shouting_VBG
into_IN
phones_NNS
as_IN
if_CS
they_PP
were_BED
in_IN
a_DT
plummeting_JJ
airplane_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
all_PDT
an_DT
excuse_NN
for_IN
stone_NN
to_IN
ratchet_NN
up_RP
the_DT
emotion_NN
with_IN
false_JJ
intensity_NN
,_,
rather_RB
than_CS
explore_VB
what_WDT
these_DT
situations_NNS
are_BER
really_RB
like_IN
._.
i_PP
have_HV
a_DT
feeling_NN
the_DT
brokers_NNS
would_MD
be_BE
psychologically_RB
manipulative_JJ
(_(
as_CS
they_PP
are_BER
presented_VBN
in_IN
boiler_NN
room_NN
)_)
rather_RB
than_CS
laughably_RB
over_IN
the_DT
top_NN
._.
these_DT
guys_NNS
are_BER
salesmen_NNS
after_IN
all_PDT
,_,
not_XNOT
televised_JJ
judges_NNS
._.
more_DT
than_CS
anything_PN
i_PP
am_BEM
baffled_VBN
by_IN
why_WRB
so_RB
many_DT
adore_VB
wall_NN
street_NN
._.
the_DT
only_JJ
possible_JJ
solution_NN
i_PP
can_MD
muster_VB
is_BEZ
its_PP$
release_NN
date_NN
._.
and_CC
not_XNOT
just_RB
the_DT
timeliness_NN
of_IN
the_DT
"_"
greed_NN
is_BEZ
good_JJ
"_"
subject_NN
matter_NN
:_:
the_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
plumped_VBN
down_RP
in_IN
the_DT
eighties_CD
,_,
a_DT
decade_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
one-joke_NN
comedy_NN
rose_NN
to_IN
an_DT
art_NN
form_NN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
glamorous_JJ
brat_???
packers_NNS
smirked_VBD
their_PP$
way_NN
through_IN
inane_JJ
high_JJ
concept_NN
,_,
low_JJ
result_NN
movies_NNS
._.
in_IN
my_PP$
mind_NN
,_,
the_DT
eighties_CD
will_MD
forever_RB
be_BE
remembered_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
decade_NN
with_IN
not_XNOT
only_RB
a_DT
proliferation_NN
of_IN
bad_JJ
movies_NNS
,_,
but_CC
bad_JJ
music_NN
,_,
bad_JJ
hair_NN
,_,
and_CC
bad_JJ
clothes_NNS
._.
maybe_RB
stone_NN
's_POS
after_CS
school_NN
special_JJ
set_NN
in_IN
wall_NN
street_NN
was_BEDZ
viewed_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
welcome_JJ
change_NN
of_IN
pace_NN
._.
boiler_NN
room_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
equally_RB
well-timed_JJ
film_NN
with_IN
some_DT
similarities_NNS
to_IN
stone_NN
's_POS
piece_NN
of_IN
crap_NN
._.
they_PP
both_RB
feature_NN
a_DT
consequential_JJ
father-son_NN
relationship_NN
,_,
though_CS
boiler_NN
room_NN
's_POS
is_BEZ
much_DT
more_DT
subtle_JJ
and_CC
touching_JJ
._.
and_CC
they_PP
are_BER
both_RB
concerned_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
power_NN
of_IN
greed_NN
,_,
yet_RB
the_DT
men_NNS
in_IN
boiler_NN
room_NN
are_BER
akin_JJ
to_TO
poseurs_JJ
presuming_NN
to_IN
be_BE
big_JJ
shots_NNS
rather_RB
than_CS
the_DT
slippery-smooth_JJ
,_,
heartless_JJ
gordon_NP
gecko_???
figures_NNS
of_IN
wall_NN
street_NN
._.
boiler_NN
room_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
message_NN
movie_NN
as_IN
well_RB
,_,
though_CS
(_(
at_IN
least_DT
until_CS
the_DT
end_NN
)_)
doesn't_DOZ
shove_NN
it_NN
in_IN
our_PP$
faces_NNS
._.
boiler_NN
room_NN
is_BEZ
about_IN
the_DT
pursuit_NN
of_IN
cash_NN
and_CC
the_DT
degrees_NNS
to_IN
which_WDT
people_NN
will_MD
go_VB
for_IN
that_DT
cash_NN
._.
as_CS
i_PP
said_VBD
,_,
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
indeed_RB
timely_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
society_NN
where_CS
who_NP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
millionaire_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
number_NN
one_CD
prime_JJ
time_NN
show_NN
every_DT
day_NN
(_(
bringing_VBG
about_IN
a_DT
revolution_NN
of_IN
prime_JJ
time_NN
tv_NN
watching_VBG
that_DT
hasn't_HVZ
been_BEN
seen_VBN
in_IN
quite_RB
a_DT
while_CS
)_(
;_;
not_XNOT
only_RB
do_DO
we_PP
want_VB
to_TO
be_BE
millionaires_NNS
,_,
we_PP
want_VB
to_TO
watch_VB
other_JJ
people_NN
become_VB
millionaires_NNS
!_!
in_IN
our_PP$
super-judgmental_NN
,_,
power-oriented_VBN
culture_NN
the_DT
desire_NN
for_IN
money_NN
supersedes_NNS
everything_PN
;_;
when_CS
you_PP
have_HV
money_NN
,_,
you_PP
have_HV
it_PP
"_"
all_RB
"_"
._.
and_CC
seth_NP
(_(
giovanni_???
ribisi_FW
)_(
wants_VBZ
it_PP
"_"
all_RB
"_"
the_DT
easy_JJ
way_NN
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
well-intentioned_JJ
college_NN
drop_NN
out_RP
who_NP
gets_VBZ
lured_VBN
into_IN
working_VBG
for_IN
an_DT
illegally_RB
run_VBN
brokerage_NN
firm_NN
(_(
the_DT
kind_NN
that_CS
sells_VBZ
junk_???
stock_NN
)_(
whereupon_CS
he_PP
meets_VBZ
others_NNS
just_RB
like_IN
him_PP
._.
ben_NP
affleck_NP
is_BEZ
cast_VBN
as_IN
jim_NP
,_,
the_DT
company_NN
headhunter_NN
,_,
who_WP
struts_VBZ
in_IN
commanding_JJ
the_DT
room_NN
like_IN
a_DT
frat_???
boy_NN
gordon_NP
gecko_???
._.
his_PP$
job_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
influence_VB
trainee_NN
's_POS
into_IN
becoming_VBG
enthusiastic_JJ
employees_NNS
by_IN
giving_VBG
a_DT
speech_NN
that_CS
subtly_RB
attacks_NNS
their_PP$
man_NN
hood_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
ironic_JJ
that_CS
he_PP
sells_VBZ
these_DT
pups_???
the_DT
same_DT
load_NN
of_IN
b_NN
._.
s_NN
that_DT
they're_???
told_VBD
to_IN
dish_NN
out_RP
to_IN
prospective_JJ
buyers_NNS
._.
affleck_NP
's_POS
character_NN
is_BEZ
obviously_RB
supposed_JJ
to_IN
recall_NN
alec_NP
baldwin_NP
's_POS
similar_JJ
character_NN
in_IN
glengary_JJ
glen_NP
ross_NP
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
proves_VBZ
detrimental_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
actor_NN
's_POS
performance_NN
._.
affleck_NP
shouts_VBZ
,_,
curses_NNS
and_CC
be-littles_NNS
his_PP$
rookie_NN
employees_NNS
just_RB
like_IN
baldwin_NP
,_,
minus_IN
the_DT
edge_NN
._.
when_CS
alec_NP
played_VBD
the_DT
scene_NN
he_PP
became_VBD
the_DT
part_NN
,_,
spewing_VBG
those_DT
brutal_JJ
lines_NNS
as_IN
if_CS
they_PP
were_BED
his_PP$
own_DT
._.
by_IN
comparison_NN
affleck_NP
simply_RB
looks_VBZ
as_CS
if_CS
he_PP
were_BED
doing_DOG
a_DT
really_RB
hammy_NP
line_NN
reading_NN
._.
the_DT
brokers_NNS
approach_NN
their_PP$
job_NN
with_IN
the_DT
fervor_NN
of_IN
overzealous_JJ
jocks_NNS
:_:
they_PP
storm_VB
to_TO
work_VB
like_IN
football_NN
players_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
way_NN
to_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
game_NN
._.
rap_NN
music_NN
thumps_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
soundtrack_NN
effectively_RB
illustrating_VBG
who_NP
these_DT
guys_NNS
think_VB
they_PP
are_BER
:_:
intellectual_JJ
gangsters_NNS
._.
they_PP
aren't_BER
above_RB
a_DT
rumble_JJ
as_IN
a_DT
test_NN
of_IN
man_NN
hood_NN
especially_RB
during_IN
leisure_NN
time_NN
where_CS
the_DT
lumbering_JJ
scott_NP
caan_???
seems_VBZ
all_RB
too_RB
eager_JJ
to_IN
use_NN
his_PP$
fists_NNS
in_IN
minor_JJ
disputes_NNS
._.
we_PP
drink_VB
up_RP
this_DT
world_NN
along_IN
with_IN
seth_NP
,_,
and_CC
watch_VB
him_PP
become_VB
seduced_VBN
by_IN
it_PP
,_,
just_RB
like_IN
we_PP
might_MD
be_BE
._.
as_CS
in_IN
all_PDT
cautionary_JJ
tales_NNS
,_,
boiler_NN
room_NN
begins_VBZ
with_IN
seducing_VBG
us_PP
into_IN
its_PP$
illustrious_JJ
world_NN
of_IN
profit_NN
and_CC
wrongdoing_NN
,_,
then_RB
smacks_VBZ
us_PP
with_IN
the_DT
consequences_NNS
of_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
recklessness_NN
._.
i_PP
know_VB
this_DT
story_NN
._.
we_PP
all_PDT
do_DO
._.
but_CC
it_PP
can_MD
work_VB
if_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
told_VBN
with_IN
intelligence_NN
and_CC
energy_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
is_BEZ
how_WRB
writer_NN
\_???
director_NN
ben_NP
younger_JJR
tells_VBZ
it_NN
._.
as_CS
a_DT
director_NN
of_IN
(_(
please_RB
excuse_NN
my_PP$
french_JJ
)_)
mise-en-scene_NN
younger_JJR
has_HVZ
much_DT
to_TO
learn_VB
._.
his_PP$
style_NN
is_BEZ
sitcom_NP
bland_JJ
._.
but_CC
his_PP$
writing_NN
isn't_BEZ
._.
younger_JJR
's_NNS
script_NN
is_BEZ
well_RB
studied_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
vernacular_JJ
of_IN
this_DT
bunch_NN
;_;
his_PP$
dialogue_NN
is_BEZ
like_IN
a_DT
junior_JJ
david_NP
mamet_NN
._.
despite_IN
the_DT
moderate_JJ
camera_NN
work_NN
younger_JJR
fills_VBZ
his_PP$
phone-pitch_NN
scenes_NNS
with_IN
tension_NN
that_CS
comes_VBZ
from_IN
just_RB
the_DT
performances_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
tightly_RB
wound_NN
script_NN
._.
the_DT
brokers_NNS
\_???
hucksters_FW
counter_NN
every_DT
customer_NN
objection_NN
,_,
gently_RB
bullying_VBG
them_PP
into_IN
buying_VBG
stock_NN
._.
these_DT
moments_NNS
are_BER
filmed_VBN
like_IN
psychological_JJ
action_NN
scenes_NNS
:_:
a_DT
tense_JJ
confrontation_NN
between_IN
a_DT
victimizer_NN
and_CC
a_DT
victim_NN
who_WP
isn't_BEZ
aware_JJ
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
one_CD
._.
with_IN
the_DT
exception_NN
of_IN
affleck_NP
's_POS
brief_JJ
appearances_NNS
,_,
the_DT
performances_NNS
are_BER
truly_RB
exceptional_JJ
._.
ribisi_FW
,_,
who_NP
has_HVZ
the_DT
edgy_???
looks_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
character_NN
actor_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
extremely_RB
potent_JJ
here_RB
,_,
working_VBG
his_PP$
pale_JJ
angular_JJ
face_NN
,_,
and_CC
eerie_JJ
,_,
plaintive_JJ
stare_NN
for_IN
all_PDT
their_PP$
worth_IN
._.
he_PP
conveys_VBZ
child-like_JJ
vulnerability_NN
(_(
his_PP$
character_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
hide_NN
in_IN
a_DT
corner_NN
whenever_WRB
things_NNS
aren't_BER
going_VBG
his_PP$
way_NN
)_)
in_IN
some_DT
scenes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
others_NNS
he_PP
's_BEZ
ferociously_RB
cut_VBN
throat_NN
._.
the_DT
jekyll_NP
and_CC
hyde_NP
contradiction_NN
works_NN
well_RB
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
:_:
ribisi_FW
is_BEZ
confident_JJ
when_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
just_RB
him_PP
and_CC
the_DT
phone_NN
,_,
but_CC
cowardly_JJ
in_IN
front_NN
of_IN
authority_NN
figures_NNS
including_IN
his_PP$
abrasive_JJ
father_NN
(_(
authoritatively_RB
played_VBN
by_IN
ron_NP
rifkin_NP
)_)
._.
boiler_NN
room_NN
thankfully_RB
avoids_VBZ
wall_NN
street-like_IN
histrionics_NN
in_IN
the_DT
sales-pitch_NN
sequences_NNS
;_;
the_DT
sales_NN
build_VB
slowly_RB
like_IN
a_DT
crescendo_NP
of_IN
intelligent_JJ
psychological_JJ
ploys_NNS
._.
those_DT
ploys_NNS
are_BER
taught_VBN
to_IN
seth_NP
by_IN
chris_NP
(_(
vin_???
diesel_NN
)_(
,_,
a_DT
kind_NN
broker_NN
who_WP
alternates_VBZ
between_IN
seth_NP
's_POS
friend_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
mentor_NN
._.
diesl_???
shines_VBZ
in_IN
his_PP$
minor_JJ
role_NN
._.
this_DT
week_NN
i_PP
saw_VBD
the_DT
sci-fi_???
opus_???
pitch_NN
black_JJ
in_IN
which_WDT
diesel_NN
plays_VBZ
a_DT
completely_RB
different_JJ
role_NN
in_IN
an_DT
equally_RB
effective_JJ
manner_NN
._.
in_IN
that_DT
film_NN
he_PP
has_HVZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
role_NN
that_CS
might_MD
have_HV
gone_VBN
to_IN
arnold_NP
schwarzenegger_NP
in_IN
the_DT
70_CD
's_BEZ
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
boiler_NN
room_NN
he_PP
has_HVZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
role_NN
that_CS
might_MD
have_HV
gone_VBN
to_IN
elliot_NP
gould_NP
in_IN
the_DT
70_CD
's_BEZ
._.
nicky_NP
katt_???
is_BEZ
also_RB
memorable_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
superior_JJ
broker_NN
obsessed_JJ
with_IN
what_WDT
he_PP
can't_MD
have_HV
._.
nia_???
long_JJ
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
firm_NN
's_POS
secretary_NN
,_,
(_(
a_DT
lone_JJ
black_JJ
women_NNS
amongst_IN
many_DT
white_JJ
men_NNS
)_)
is_BEZ
ribisi_FW
's_BEZ
love_NN
interest_NN
in_IN
a_DT
part_NN
that_CS
at_IN
first_OD
looks_NNS
to_IN
be_BE
as_CS
insignificant_JJ
as_IN
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
parts_NNS
this_DT
talented_JJ
actress_NN
gets_VBZ
,_,
but_CC
develops_VBZ
into_IN
something_PN
more_DT
interesting_JJ
._.
the_DT
two_CD
make_VB
an_DT
oddly_RB
likeable_JJ
couple_NN
._.
long_JJ
is_BEZ
smart_JJ
and_CC
brash_NP
,_,
and_CC
ribisi_FW
is_BEZ
charmingly_RB
aloof_JJ
._.
at_IN
one_CD
point_NN
he_PP
says_VBZ
to_IN
her_PP$
"_"
i'm_???
just_JJ
lookin_NN
'_"
for_IN
some_DT
chocolate_NN
love_NN
"_"
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
terrible_JJ
line_NN
but_CC
ribisi_FW
delivers_VBZ
it_PP
in_IN
such_DT
an_DT
innocuous_JJ
child-like_NN
way_NN
,_,
it_PP
becomes_VBZ
sweetly_RB
endearing_JJ
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
towards_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
the_DT
boiler_NN
room_NN
turns_VBZ
a_DT
tad_NN
schmaltzy_???
._.
there_RB
is_BEZ
much_DT
crying_NN
,_,
hugging_VBG
,_,
and_CC
sorrowful_JJ
stares_VBZ
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
okay_RB
when_CS
taken_VBN
in_IN
small_JJ
doses_NNS
,_,
but_CC
younger_JJR
's_BEZ
conclusion_NN
is_BEZ
constructed_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
series_NN
of_IN
these_DT
boo-hoo_NP
moments_NNS
,_,
one_CD
following_JJ
the_DT
other_JJ
._.
a_DT
particular_JJ
misstep_NN
is_BEZ
his_PP$
attempt_NN
to_IN
show_NN
the_DT
effect_NN
that_CS
seth_NP
's_POS
manipulations_NNS
have_HV
on_IN
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
poor_JJ
victims_NNS
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
bad_JJ
idea_NN
but_CC
the_DT
execution_NN
is_BEZ
lacking_VBG
,_,
with_IN
those_DT
scenes_NNS
feeling_NN
tacked_VBN
on_IN
to_IN
further_JJR
spell_NN
out_RP
the_DT
message_NN
._.
that_CS
message_NN
being_NN
,_,
"_"
greed_NN
is_BEZ
bad_JJ
"_"
._.
yes_UH
it_PP
's_BEZ
patently_RB
obvious_JJ
,_,
but_CC
boiler_NN
room_NN
conveys_VBZ
it_PP
by_IN
introducing_VBG
us_PP
to_IN
a_DT
culture_NN
that_CS
i_PP
haven't_HV
seen_VBN
much_DT
of_IN
in_IN
the_DT
movies_NNS
:_:
the_DT
disenfranchised_JJ
twenty_CD
something_PN
entrepreneur_NN
._.
and_CC
all_PDT
wall_NN
street_NN
did_DOD
was_BEDZ
introduce_VB
us_NP
to_IN
a_DT
simplistic_JJ
fantasy_NN
world_NN
of_IN
saints_NNS
and_CC
sinners_NNS
._.
boiler_NN
room_NN
offers_VBZ
neither_RB
extreme_JJ
._.
it_PP
gives_VBZ
us_PP
what_WDT
is_BEZ
in_IN
between_IN
,_,
and_CC
for_IN
that_DT
i_PP
am_BEM
thankful_JJ
._.