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in_IN
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you_PP
what_WDT
to_TO
see_VB
or_CC
what_WDT
not_XNOT
to_TO
see_VB
._.
i_PP
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and_CC
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my_PP$
audience_NN
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and_CC
what_WDT
they_PP
will_MD
dislike_VB
._.
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in_IN
the_DT
case_NN
of_IN
american_JJ
beauty_NN
,_,
i_PP
must_MD
make_VB
an_DT
exception_NN
._.
if_CS
you_PP
haven't_HV
yet_RB
seen_VBN
it_PP
,_,
go_VB
see_VB
it_PP
._.
now_RB
._.
stop_VB
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this_DT
review_NN
and_CC
head_NN
for_IN
your_PP$
local_JJ
multiplex_JJ
,_,
then_RB
after_IN
you've_???
seen_VBN
it_PP
,_,
come_VB
back_RP
._.
i'll_???
wait_NN
here_RB
._.
welcome_JJ
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._.
if_CS
you_PP
followed_VBD
my_PP$
advice_NN
(_(
and_CC
i_PP
see_VB
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reason_NN
why_WRB
you_PP
should_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
,_,
do_DO
you_PP
?_?
)_)
,_,
i'm_???
sure_JJ
you've_???
just_JJ
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one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
richest_JJS
cinematic_JJ
experiences_NNS
of_IN
your_PP$
life_NN
._.
american_JJ
beauty_NN
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an_DT
extraordinary_JJ
film_NN
,_,
a_DT
powerful_JJ
,_,
jolting_VBG
exploration_NN
of_IN
the_DT
dark_JJ
side_NN
of_IN
the_DT
american_JJ
dream_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
humorous_JJ
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it_PP
isn't_BEZ
funny_JJ
because_CS
of_IN
the_DT
unrelenting_NN
ominous_JJ
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that_CS
runs_VBZ
throughout_IN
the_DT
whole_JJ
production_NN
._.
mixing_NN
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and_CC
the_DT
darkest_JJS
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drama_NN
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the_DT
way_NN
this_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
intended_VBN
,_,
and_CC
by_IN
god_NN
,_,
it_PP
works_VBZ
,_,
making_VBG
it_PP
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
's_POS
very_RB
best_JJS
._.
lester_NP
burnham_NP
(_(
kevin_NP
spacey_NP
)_)
has_HVZ
entered_VBN
the_DT
mother_NN
of_IN
all_PDT
mid-life_NN
crises_NNS
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
living_JJ
life_NN
without_IN
a_DT
purpose_NN
._.
he_PP
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bored_JJ
,_,
depressed_JJ
and_CC
sick_JJ
of_IN
his_PP$
sheltered_JJ
,_,
insignificant_JJ
existence_NN
._.
he_PP
barely_RB
ever_RB
talks_NNS
to_IN
his_PP$
family_NN
,_,
has_HVZ
no_DT
sex_NN
life_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
stuck_VBN
at_IN
a_DT
dead-end_NN
job_NN
and_CC
thinks_VBZ
he_PP
has_HVZ
no_DT
reason_NN
to_IN
live_JJ
._.
but_CC
one_CD
day_NN
,_,
when_CS
he_PP
and_CC
his_PP$
equally_RB
troubled_JJ
wife_NN
(_(
annette_NN
bening_NN
)_)
attend_VB
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
daughter_NN
's_POS
(_)
thora_NN
birch_NN
)_)
cheerleading_VBG
performances_NNS
,_,
he_PP
sees_VBZ
something_PN
that_CS
makes_VBZ
him_PP
come_VB
alive_JJ
._.
what_WDT
he_PP
sees_VBZ
is_BEZ
the_DT
performance_NN
by_IN
his_PP$
daughter_NN
's_POS
friend_NN
,_,
the_DT
head_NN
cheerleader_NN
._.
he_PP
develops_VBZ
a_DT
lust_NN
for_IN
the_DT
promiscuous_JJ
young_JJ
girl_NN
;_;
an_DT
obsession_NN
which_WDT
soon_RB
becomes_VBZ
pedophilic_JJ
in_IN
nature_NN
._.
but_CC
for_IN
the_DT
first_OD
time_NN
,_,
lester_NP
feels_VBZ
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
actually_RB
living_JJ
._.
this_DT
crush_NN
is_BEZ
only_RB
the_DT
beginning_NN
._.
lester_NP
proceeds_NNS
to_IN
make_NN
more_DT
and_CC
more_DT
radical_JJ
changes_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
,_,
buying_VBG
the_DT
car_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
dreams_NNS
,_,
cursing_VBG
off_RP
the_DT
boss_NN
and_CC
quitting_VBG
his_PP$
job_NN
(_(
"_"
today_RB
i_PP
quit_VB
my_PP$
job_NN
,_,
told_VBD
the_DT
boss_NN
to_IN
f_NN
*_???
*_???
*_???
himself_NN
and_CC
blackmailed_VBD
him_PP
for_IN
$_???
000_CD
,_,
000_CD
--_???
would_MD
you_PP
pass_VB
the_DT
asparagus_NP
please_RB
?_?
"_"
)_)
,_,
buying_VBG
drugs_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
voyeur-next-door_JJ
(_(
ricky_NP
fitts_NP
,_,
a_DT
teenager_NN
who_WP
mysteriously_RB
videotapes_NNS
what_WDT
he_PP
considers_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
"_"
beauty_NN
"_"
)_)
and_CC
refusing_VBG
to_IN
be_BE
docile_FW
in_CD
family_NN
affairs_NNS
._.
his_PP$
new_JJ
attitude_NN
further_RBR
alienates_VBZ
his_PP$
daughter_NN
,_,
only_RB
reassuring_JJ
her_PP
that_RB
her_PP
parents_NNS
are_BER
nothing_PN
more_DT
than_CS
freaks_VBZ
of_IN
nature_NN
unjustly_RB
forced_VBN
on_IN
her_PP$
by_IN
the_DT
powers_NNS
that_CS
be_BE
,_,
and_CC
inspiring_JJ
her_PP$
to_TO
enter_VB
a_DT
relationship_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
eccentric_JJ
neighbor_NP
._.
and_CC
the_DT
burnhams_NNS
's_POS
neighbors_NNS
provide_VB
american_JJ
beauty_NN
with_IN
a_DT
significant_JJ
chunk_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
dramatic_JJ
momentum_NN
._.
ricky_NP
fitts_NP
(_(
wes_???
bentley_NP
)_)
serves_VBZ
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
thematic_JJ
center_NN
,_,
providing_VBG
the_DT
obscure_JJ
,_,
powerful_JJ
meaning_NN
of_IN
the_DT
title_NN
._.
colonel_NN
fitts_NP
,_,
the_DT
father_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
fascinating_JJ
and_CC
complex_JJ
characters_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
even_RB
considering_VBG
his_PP$
limited_JJ
screentime_NN
._.
kevin_NP
spacey_NP
has_HVZ
never_RB
been_BEN
better_JJR
,_,
and_CC
this_DT
performance_NN
will_MD
certainly_RB
earn_VB
him_PP
a_DT
chance_NN
to_IN
put_VB
a_NP
little_JJ
gold_NN
person_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
mantel_NN
._.
he_PP
never_RB
plays_VBZ
his_PP$
droll_JJ
character_NN
as_IN
a_DT
freak_NN
,_,
rather_RB
,_,
he_PP
effectively_RB
portrays_VBZ
him_PP
as_IN
a_DT
normal_JJ
person_NN
led_VBN
to_IN
drastic_JJ
self-exploration_NP
by_IN
his_PP$
dissatisfaction_NN
with_IN
life_NN
._.
spacey_NP
is_BEZ
poignant_JJ
and_CC
devastating_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
role_NN
of_IN
a_DT
lifetime_NN
._.
equally_RB
astonishing_JJ
is_BEZ
young_JJ
thora_NN
birch_NN
,_,
who_WP
plays_VBZ
her_PP$
potentially_RB
stereotypical_JJ
rebellious_JJ
teen_NN
character_NN
with_IN
suprising_VBG
feeling_NN
and_CC
tenderness_NN
._.
at_IN
two_CD
hours_NNS
and_CC
ten_CD
minutes_NNS
,_,
american_JJ
beauty_NN
didn't_DOD
feel_VB
nearly_RB
long_JJ
enough_RB
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
complicated_JJ
,_,
unforgettable_JJ
film_NN
that_CS
,_,
like_IN
the_DT
ice_NN
storm_NN
two_CD
years_NNS
ago_RB
,_,
dares_VBZ
to_IN
explore_VB
the_DT
darkest_JJS
reaches_NNS
of_IN
suburban_JJ
life_NN
._.
powerfully_RB
and_CC
cynically_RB
,_,
it_PP
dissects_NNS
the_DT
notion_NN
of_IN
the_DT
pretty_JJ
house_NN
with_IN
the_DT
white_JJ
picket_NN
fence_NN
and_CC
appealing_JJ
garden_NN
being_BEG
the_DT
american_JJ
dream_NN
._.
it_PP
claims_VBZ
that_CS
this_DT
picture-perfect_NN
image_NN
is_BEZ
just_RB
that_DT
--_???
an_DT
image_NN
,_,
and_CC
hiding_VBG
behind_IN
it_PP
are_BER
lives_NNS
much_RB
darker_JJR
than_CS
common_JJ
knowledge_NN
would_MD
have_HV
it_PP
._.
the_DT
dark_JJ
,_,
deeply_RB
ironic_JJ
ending_NN
,_,
though_CS
given_VBN
away_RB
by_IN
our_PP$
narrator_NN
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
few_DT
minutes_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
stays_VBZ
with_IN
you_PP
for_IN
weeks_NNS
after_IN
it_PP
's_BEZ
all_PDT
over_IN
._.
american_JJ
beauty_NN
is_BEZ
just_RB
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
uncompromising_JJ
film_NN
hollywood_NP
needs_VBZ
every_DT
now_RB
and_CC
then_RB
to_IN
counterbalance_NN
the_DT
mindless_JJ
drivel_NN
we_PP
see_VB
released_VBN
;_;
even_RB
more_DT
so_RB
considering_VBG
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
masterpiece_NN
._.
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