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three_CD
things_NNS
i_PP
learned_VBD
from_IN
"_"
being_NN
john_NP
malkovich_NP
"_"
:_:
when_CS
getting_VBG
on_IN
the_DT
elevator_NN
for_IN
your_PP$
first_OD
day_NN
of_IN
work_NN
on_IN
the_DT
2th_CD
2th_CD
/_SYM
2th_CD
floor_NN
of_IN
a_DT
building_NN
,_,
always_RB
bring_VB
your_PP$
crowbar_NP
;_;
don't_DO
stand_NN
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
of_IN
your_PP$
wife_NN
's_POS
actualization_NN
as_IN
a_DT
man_NN
;_;
and_CC
,_,
whenever_WRB
entering_VBG
a_DT
portal_NN
into_IN
the_DT
mind_NN
of_IN
another_DT
human_JJ
being_NN
,_,
wear_VB
old_JJ
clothes_NNS
,_,
because_CS
,_,
hey_UH
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
muddy_JJ
in_IN
there_RB
._.
"_"
being_BEG
john_NP
malkovich_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
original_JJ
film_NN
to_IN
come_VB
down_RP
the_DT
pike_NN
in_IN
a_DT
very_RB
long_JJ
time_NN
._.
wildly_RB
surrealistic_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
presented_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
down-to-earth_NP
,_,
funky_JJ
style_NN
,_,
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
movie_NN
that_CS
sticks_NNS
in_IN
your_PP$
head_NN
._.
after_IN
savoring_VBG
the_DT
sheer_JJ
inventiveness_NN
of_IN
the_DT
storyline_JJ
,_,
you_PP
roll_VB
around_IN
the_DT
wealth_NN
of_IN
ideas_NNS
contained_VBN
within_IN
it_PP
._.
from_IN
the_DT
ethics_NN
of_IN
relationships_NNS
and_CC
politics_NN
of_IN
immortality_NN
to_IN
the_DT
very_RB
nature_NN
of_IN
identity_NN
itself_PPX
,_,
there_RB
's_POS
a_DT
lot_NN
to_IN
think_VB
about_IN
here_RB
._.
just_RB
don't_DO
forget_VB
to_IN
have_HV
fun_JJ
._.
clearly_RB
,_,
all_PDT
parties_NNS
involved_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
making_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
certainly_RB
did_DOD
,_,
starting_VBG
with_IN
writer_NN
charles_NP
kaufman_NP
._.
"_"
i_PP
wrote_VBD
'being_VBG
john_NP
malkovich_NP
'_"
without_IN
an_DT
outline_NN
,_,
"_"
he_PP
explains_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
press_NN
notes_NNS
,_,
"_"
blindly_RB
,_,
with_IN
no_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
direction_NN
or_CC
purpose_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
important_JJ
to_TO
me_NN
that_CS
i_PP
don't_DO
have_HV
a_DT
map_NN
before_IN
i_PP
start_VB
._.
this_DT
allows_VBZ
me_PP
to_TO
surprise_VB
myself_PPX
,_,
stay_VB
engaged_VBN
,_,
discover_VB
things_NNS
,_,
and_CC
,_,
hopefully_RB
,_,
allow_VB
the_DT
unconscious_NN
to_IN
surface_NN
._.
"_"
spike_NN
jonze_NN
(_(
mark_NN
wahlberg_NP
's_POS
na_FW
?_?
ve_???
buddy_JJ
in_CD
"_"
three_CD
kings_NNS
"_"
)_)
takes_VBZ
it_PP
from_IN
there_RB
._.
the_DT
white-hot_NN
director_NN
of_IN
the_DT
beastie_NN
boy_NN
's_POS
"_"
sabotage_NN
,_,
"_"
an_DT
award-winning_JJ
parody_NN
of_IN
'70s_???
tv_NN
cop_NN
shows_VBZ
,_,
as_CS
well_RB
as_CS
numerous_JJ
other_JJ
music_NN
videos_NNS
and_CC
commercials_NNS
,_,
eschews_NNS
typical_JJ
mtv_???
flash_JJ
for_CS
his_PP$
feature_NN
film_NN
debut_NN
._.
jonze_NN
wisely_RB
realized_VBD
that_DT
a_DT
storyline_JJ
this_DT
unusual_JJ
is_BEZ
most_DT
effectively_RB
presented_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
low-key_JJ
style_NN
._.
his_PP$
flat_NN
,_,
matter-of-fact_JJ
approach_NN
works_NN
perfectly_RB
._.
and_CC
then_RB
there_EX
's_BEZ
the_DT
cast_NN
._.
john_NP
cusack_NN
plays_VBZ
control_NN
freak_NN
craig_NP
schwartz_NN
,_,
a_DT
street_NN
performer_NN
who_WP
periodically_RB
gets_VBZ
decked_JJ
by_IN
parents_NNS
objecting_VBG
to_IN
his_PP$
remarkably_RB
expressive_JJ
,_,
but_CC
decidedly_RB
erotic_JJ
puppet_NN
shows_VBZ
._.
over_IN
the_DT
years_NNS
,_,
his_PP$
marriage_NN
to_IN
obsessive_JJ
pet_NN
store_NN
employee_NN
lotte_NN
(_(
cameron_NP
diaz_???
)_(
has_HVZ
devolved_VBN
._.
once_RB
passionate_JJ
lovers_NNS
,_,
the_DT
two_CD
are_BER
now_RB
little_JJ
more_DT
than_CS
courteous_JJ
roommates_NNS
._.
financially_RB
strapped_VBN
,_,
craig_NP
takes_VBZ
a_DT
job_NN
as_IN
an_DT
entry-level_NN
file_NN
clerk_NN
at_IN
lestercorp_???
,_,
located_VBD
on_IN
the_DT
2th_CD
2th_CD
/_SYM
2th_CD
floor_NN
of_IN
a_DT
manhattan_JJ
building_NN
._.
navigating_VBG
around_IN
dr_NN
._.
lester_NP
(_(
orson_NP
bean_NN
)_)
,_,
his_PP$
105_CD
year-old_JJ
boss_NN
and_CC
floris_NP
(_(
mary_NP
kay_NP
place_NN
)_)
,_,
lester_NP
's_POS
dotty_JJ
secretary_NN
,_,
craig_NP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
settle_NP
into_IN
his_PP$
new_JJ
position_NN
,_,
but_CC
two_CD
things_NNS
keep_VB
him_PP
distracted_VBN
._.
first_OD
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
the_DT
beautiful_JJ
and_CC
imperious_JJ
maxine_JJ
(_(
catherine_NP
keener_NN
)_)
,_,
who_WP
delights_NNS
in_CD
tormenting_NN
craig_NP
over_IN
his_PP$
obvious_JJ
lust_NN
for_IN
her_PP$
._.
and_CC
then_RB
there_EX
's_BEZ
the_DT
hole_NN
behind_IN
the_DT
file_NN
cabinet_NN
,_,
which_WDT
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
portal_NN
into_IN
the_DT
mind_NN
of_IN
actor_NN
john_NP
malkovich_NP
._.
craig_NP
learns_VBZ
that_CS
anyone_PN
who_WP
enters_VBZ
the_DT
portal_NN
gets_VBZ
whooshed_JJ
into_IN
the_DT
subconscious_JJ
of_IN
malkovich_NP
,_,
where_CS
they_PP
can_MD
experience_VB
life_NN
from_IN
his_PP$
point_NN
of_IN
view_NN
(_(
with_IN
enough_DT
concentration_NN
,_,
you_PP
can_MD
even_RB
influence_VB
his_PP$
actions_NNS
)_)
._.
after_IN
15_CD
minutes_NNS
,_,
the_DT
visitor_NN
gets_VBZ
ejected_VBN
and_CC
unceremoniously_RB
dumped_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
ditch_NN
on_IN
the_DT
side_NN
of_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
jersey_NN
turnpike_IN
._.
then_RB
things_NNS
get_VB
a_DT
little_JJ
weird_JJ
._.
by_IN
the_DT
way_NN
,_,
if_CS
you're_???
concerned_JJ
that_CS
i_PP
gave_VBD
away_RB
too_RB
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
plot_NN
,_,
rest_NN
assured_VBN
-_-
-_-
i_NN
barely_RB
scratched_VBD
the_DT
surface_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
satisfying_JJ
aspects_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
fable_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
kaufman_NP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
content_NN
to_IN
simply_RB
milk_NN
laughs_VBZ
from_IN
his_PP$
bizarre_JJ
set-up_NN
._.
instead_RB
,_,
he_PP
crawls_VBZ
into_IN
the_DT
dark_JJ
premise_NN
as_IN
completely_RB
as_CS
craig_NP
crawls_NNS
into_IN
malkovich_NP
,_,
rummaging_VBG
around_IN
and_CC
toying_VBG
with_IN
the_DT
various_JJ
philosophical_JJ
implications_NNS
of_IN
compromising_VBG
another_DT
person_NN
's_POS
identity_NN
._.
he_PP
also_RB
examines_VBZ
the_DT
consequences_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
malko-visits_NNS
to_IN
craig_NP
,_,
lotte_NN
,_,
maxine_JJ
and_CC
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
john_NP
malkovich_NP
himself_PPX
._.
the_DT
performances_NNS
are_BER
superb_JJ
._.
malkovich_NP
(_(
best_JJS
known_JJ
to_TO
mainstream_JJ
audiences_NNS
for_IN
his_PP$
work_NN
in_IN
"_"
dangerous_JJ
liaisons_NNS
,_,
"_"
"_"
in_IN
the_DT
line_NN
of_IN
fire_NN
,_,
"_"
and_CC
as_CS
head_NN
psychopath_NN
in_IN
the_DT
guilty-pleasure_NN
"_"
con_NN
air_NN
"_"
)_)
tweaks_VBZ
his_PP$
own_DT
image_NN
in_IN
a_DT
dandy_NP
self-deprecating_NN
turn_NN
._.
far_RB
from_IN
his_PP$
effete_JJ
,_,
vaguely_RB
reptilian_JJ
persona_NP
,_,
this_DT
malkovich_NP
is_BEZ
just_RB
another_DT
schlub_???
,_,
drinking_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
pals_NNS
and_CC
trying_VBG
to_IN
get_VB
laid_JJ
(_(
incidentally_RB
,_,
charlie_NP
sheen_NN
also_RB
plays_VBZ
himself_PPX
in_IN
a_DT
hilarious_JJ
parody_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
well-earned_JJ
bad_JJ
boy_NN
reputation_NN
)_)
._.
as_CS
always_RB
,_,
john_NP
cusack_NN
nails_NNS
his_PP$
part_NN
,_,
handily_NN
pulling_VBG
viewers_NNS
along_IN
even_RB
as_CS
craig_NP
's_POS
actions_NNS
become_VB
unconscionable_JJ
._.
the_DT
big_JJ
surprises_NNS
come_VB
from_IN
catherine_NP
keener_NN
and_CC
cameron_NP
diaz_???
,_,
both_PDT
playing_VBG
against_IN
type_NN
._.
kenner_NN
,_,
usually_RB
cast_VBN
in_IN
icy_JJ
subordinate_JJ
roles_NNS
,_,
is_BEZ
terrific_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
highly_RB
intelligent_JJ
,_,
extremely_RB
manipulative_JJ
femme_NN
fatale_NN
._.
cameron_NP
diaz_???
,_,
barely_RB
recognizable_JJ
under_IN
a_DT
mess_NN
of_IN
brown_JJ
,_,
curly_JJ
hair_NN
,_,
sheds_NNS
her_PP
perpetually_RB
sunny_JJ
smile_NN
and_CC
draws_VBZ
big_JJ
laughs_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
woman_NN
thrown_VBN
into_IN
extreme_JJ
sexual_JJ
confusion_NN
after_IN
taking_VBG
a_DT
ride_NN
in_IN
malkovich_NP
._.
"_"
being_BEG
john_NP
malkovich_NP
"_"
stumbles_VBZ
towards_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
as_CS
jonze_NN
and_CC
kaufman_NP
try_VB
too_RB
hard_JJ
to_IN
resolve_VB
the_DT
various_JJ
subplots_NNS
._.
additional_JJ
characters_NNS
and_CC
increasingly_RB
complex_JJ
explanations_NNS
lead_VB
to_IN
a_DT
cluttered_JJ
finale_NN
._.
regardless_RB
,_,
this_DT
contemporary_JJ
"_"
alice_NP
in_IN
wonderland_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
a_DT
real_JJ
treat_NN
._.
i_PP
enjoyed_VBD
watching_VBG
"_"
being_NN
john_NP
malkovich_NP
,_,
"_"
but_CC
only_RB
later_RBR
,_,
after_IN
reflecting_VBG
on_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
did_DOD
its_PP$
resonance_NN
fully_RB
hit_VBD
me_PP
._.
at_IN
one_CD
point_NN
,_,
craig_NP
says_VBZ
,_,
"_"
do_DO
you_PP
know_VB
what_WDT
a_DT
metaphysical_JJ
can_MD
of_IN
worms_NNS
this_DT
portal_NN
is_BEZ
?_?
"_"
truer_JJR
words_NNS
were_BED
never_RB
spoken_VBN
._.