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for_IN
the_DT
first_OD
reel_NN
of_IN
girls_NNS
town_NN
,_,
you_PP
just_RB
can't_MD
get_VB
over_IN
lili_???
taylor_NP
._.
is_BEZ
it_PP
possible_JJ
to_TO
remain_VB
unperturbed_JJ
that_CS
a_DT
woman_NN
of_IN
this_DT
age_NN
is_BEZ
playing_VBG
a_DT
high_JJ
school_NN
student_NN
?_?
harder_RBR
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,_,
can_MD
you_PP
avoid_VB
astonishment_NN
at_IN
how_WRB
perfect_JJ
she_PP
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
part_NN
?_?
with_IN
the_DT
sure_JJ
,_,
showy_JJ
expertise_NN
of_IN
a_DT
de_NP
niro_???
,_,
taylor_NP
imbues_NNS
unwed_JJ
mother_NN
patti_NP
with_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
faux_???
fuck-you_???
confidence_NN
she_PP
can_MD
muster_VB
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
deeply_RB
felt_VBD
,_,
dead-on_???
performance_NN
,_,
and_CC
by_IN
the_DT
halfway_JJ
point_NN
you've_???
forgiven_VBN
taylor_NP
her_PP$
own_DT
maturity_NN
._.
for_IN
all_PDT
its_PP$
verite_JJ
pretenses_NNS
,_,
girls_NNS
town_NN
is_BEZ
less_DT
about_IN
a_DT
bunch_NN
of_IN
high-schoolers_NNS
than_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
about_IN
a_DT
movie_NN
director_NN
and_CC
a_DT
cadre_???
of_IN
writer-performers_NP
examining_VBG
their_PP$
own_DT
feelings_NNS
about_IN
rape_NN
,_,
relationships_NNS
,_,
and_CC
american_JJ
womanhood_NN
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
opening_NN
scenes_NNS
sketch_NN
an_DT
easy_JJ
friendship_NN
between_IN
a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
four_CD
smart_JJ
/_SYM
sassy_JJ
high_JJ
school_NN
outsiders_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
verge_NN
of_IN
graduation_NP
:_:
patti_NP
,_,
angela_NP
(_(
bruklin_NP
harris_NP
)_)
,_,
emma_NP
(_(
anna_NP
grace_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
nikki_NP
(_(
aunjanue_NN
ellis_NP
)_)
._.
but_CC
about_IN
10_CD
minutes_NNS
into_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
we_PP
get_VB
word_NN
that_CS
nikki_NP
has_HVZ
swallowed_VBN
a_DT
fistful_JJ
of_IN
pills_NNS
and_CC
bowed_VBD
out_RP
of_IN
life_NN
._.
the_DT
remaining_JJ
girls_NNS
manage_VB
to_IN
smug_JJ
nikki_NP
's_POS
diary_NN
out_RP
of_IN
her_PP$
grieving_JJ
mother_NN
's_POS
home_NN
,_,
and_CC
page_NN
through_IN
it_PP
at_IN
patti_NP
's_POS
place_NN
,_,
investigating_VBG
the_DT
root_NN
of_IN
nikki_NP
's_POS
despair_NN
._.
what_WDT
they_PP
find_VB
is_BEZ
cruel_JJ
and_CC
galvanizing_VBG
--_???
nikki_NP
had_HVD
been_BEN
raped_VBN
by_IN
an_DT
editor_NN
at_IN
a_DT
newspaper_NN
where_CS
she_PP
interned_VBN
,_,
and_CC
was_BEDZ
privately_RB
questioning_JJ
the_DT
sanity_NN
and_CC
value_NN
of_IN
a_DT
world_NN
where_CS
such_DT
a_DT
thing_NN
could_MD
happen_VB
._.
shell-shocked_JJ
by_IN
the_DT
truth_NN
of_IN
the_DT
matter_NN
,_,
the_DT
three_CD
girls_NNS
begin_VB
to_IN
talk_NN
among_IN
themselves_PPX
and_CC
come_VB
to_IN
a_DT
realization_NN
about_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
lives_NNS
._.
emma_NP
says_VBZ
she_PP
was_BEDZ
raped_VBN
last_OD
year_NN
on_IN
a_DT
date_NN
with_IN
a_DT
football_NN
player_NN
._.
patti_NP
's_POS
barely_RB
sympathetic_JJ
,_,
wondering_VBG
what_WDT
the_DT
hell_NN
emma_NP
thought_VBD
she_PP
was_BEDZ
doing_DOG
with_IN
her_PP$
shirt_NN
off_IN
in_IN
a_DT
jock_???
's_BEZ
car_NN
._.
and_CC
anyway_RB
,_,
patti_NP
's_POS
had_HVD
her_PP$
own_DT
share_NN
of_IN
guys_NNS
who_WP
wouldn't_MD
take_VB
no_DT
for_IN
an_DT
answer_NN
._.
pained_JJ
,_,
acrimonious_JJ
debate_NN
ensues_VBZ
as_IN
the_DT
trio_NN
grow_VB
more_DT
and_CC
more_DT
angry_JJ
--_???
angry_JJ
about_IN
the_DT
impossibility_NN
of_IN
saying_VBG
no_DT
,_,
and_CC
angry_JJ
with_IN
themselves_PPX
for_IN
being_NN
weak_JJ
,_,
for_IN
being_BEG
naive_JJ
,_,
for_IN
putting_VBG
up_RP
with_IN
it_PP
._.
"_"
why_WRB
do_DO
we_PP
put_VB
up_RP
with_IN
it_PP
?_?
"_"
emma_NP
finally_RB
asks_VBZ
,_,
once_RB
the_DT
argument_NN
has_HVZ
reached_VBN
a_DT
fever_NN
pitch_NN
._.
"_"
we_PP
try_VB
to_TO
talk_VB
about_IN
it_PP
,_,
and_CC
look_VB
what_WDT
happens_VBZ
._.
we_PP
fight_VB
for_IN
20_CD
minutes_NNS
._.
"_"
there_EX
's_BEZ
the_DT
admirable_JJ
crux_???
of_IN
this_DT
picture_NN
._.
girls_NNS
town_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
political_JJ
film_NN
,_,
in_IN
that_DT
it_PP
calls_VBZ
for_IN
action_NN
._.
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
incomplete-it_???
's_BEZ
never_RB
quite_RB
sure_JJ
how_WRB
to_TO
justify_VB
that_DT
action_NN
,_,
or_CC
what_WDT
form_NN
it_PP
should_MD
take_VB
._.
the_DT
trio_NN
become_VB
crusaders_NNS
for_IN
their_PP$
right_NN
to_IN
dignity_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
surely_RB
one_CD
of_IN
this_DT
year_NN
's_POS
most_DT
stirring_JJ
movie_NN
moments_NNS
when_CS
emma_NP
lobs_VBZ
a_DT
concrete_NN
block_NN
through_IN
the_DT
passenger-side_NN
window_NN
of_IN
that_DT
damn_JJ
jock_???
's_BEZ
car_NN
(_(
doing_DOG
the_DT
right_JJ
thing_NN
?_?
)_)
._.
they_PP
hang_VB
out_RP
in_IN
the_DT
bathroom_NN
,_,
chatting_VBG
incessantly_RB
and_CC
scrawling_VBG
slogans_NNS
and_CC
naming_VBG
names_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
door_NN
to_IN
a_DT
toilet_NN
stall_NN
._.
"_"
subvert_VB
the_DT
patriarchy_NN
,_,
"_"
emma_NP
writes_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
starts_VBZ
a_DT
hall_NN
of_IN
shame_NN
list_NN
underneath_IN
that_DT
other_JJ
students_NNS
begin_VB
to_IN
contribute_VB
to_IN
._.
the_DT
girls_NNS
silence_NN
their_PP$
hecklers_NNS
,_,
take_VB
revenge_NN
on_IN
the_DT
deadbeat_NN
father_NN
of_IN
patti_NP
's_POS
child_NN
,_,
and_CC
eventually_RB
come_VB
face-to-face_JJ
with_IN
nikki_NP
's_POS
tormentor_NN
._.
still_RB
,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
desperately_RB
unfinished_JJ
quality_NN
,_,
and_CC
none_PN
of_IN
these_DT
subsequent_JJ
exploits_NNS
is_BEZ
particularly_RB
satisfying_JJ
._.
(_(
you_PP
keep_VB
waiting_VBG
for_IN
someone_PN
to_IN
call_NN
the_DT
cops_NNS
on_IN
these_DT
brazen_JJ
girls_NNS
,_,
but_CC
nobody_PN
thinks_VBZ
of_IN
it_PP
._.
)_)
perhaps_RB
searching_VBG
for_IN
a_DT
resolution_NN
missing_VBG
from_IN
the_DT
material_NN
at_IN
hand_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
borrows_NNS
its_PP$
epigraphs_NNS
from_IN
audre_???
lorde_NN
and_CC
queen_NN
latifah_???
(_(
"_"
who_WP
you_PP
callin_JJ
'_"
a_DT
bitch_NN
?_?
"_"
)_)
._.
the_DT
points_NNS
are_BER
well_RB
taken_VBN
,_,
but_CC
they_PP
should_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
unnecessary_JJ
._.
long_JJ
on_IN
characterization_NN
but_CC
a_DT
little_JJ
short_JJ
on_IN
story_NN
,_,
girls_NNS
town_NN
is_BEZ
less_DT
than_CS
it_PP
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
,_,
and_CC
too_RB
self-congratulatory_NN
for_IN
my_PP$
own_DT
taste_NN
._.
director_NN
jim_NP
mckay_NP
is_BEZ
best_RBS
known_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
consort_NN
of_IN
r_NN
._.
e_NN
._.
m_NN
._.
's_BEZ
michael_NP
stipe_NN
(_(
he_PP
directed_VBD
the_DT
nearly_RB
unwatchable_JJ
tourfilm_NN
for_IN
that_DT
band_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
girls_NNS
town_NN
is_BEZ
his_PP$
first_OD
foray_NN
into_IN
feature_NN
filmmaking_VBG
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
was_BEDZ
created_VBN
and_CC
scripted_VBN
by_IN
committee_NN
,_,
but_CC
mckay_NP
and_CC
his_PP$
lead_NN
performers_NNS
had_HVD
to_TO
shoot_VB
on_IN
a_DT
shoestring_NN
when_CS
,_,
predictably_RB
,_,
the_DT
group_NN
couldn't_MD
secure_VB
funding_NN
._.
then_RB
again_RB
,_,
girls_NNS
town_NN
on_IN
a_DT
budget_NN
would_MD
hardly_RB
be_BE
the_DT
same_DT
film_NN
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
slapdash_NN
quality_NN
is_BEZ
key_JJ
to_TO
its_PP$
significance_NN
._.
truth_NN
be_BE
told_VBN
,_,
all_PDT
three_CD
of_IN
the_DT
leads_NNS
look_VB
too_RB
wise_JJ
for_IN
high_JJ
school_NN
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
ok_RB
--_???
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
once-removed_JJ
quality_NN
to_IN
their_PP$
fine_JJ
,_,
spontaneous_JJ
performances_NNS
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
women_NNS
take_VB
a_DT
very_RB
skillful_JJ
look_NN
back_NN
at_IN
the_DT
girls_NNS
they_PP
once_RB
were_BED
,_,
the_DT
girls_NNS
they_PP
wish_VB
they_PP
had_HVD
been_BEN
,_,
or_CC
some_DT
combination_NN
._.
for_IN
all_PDT
its_PP$
flaws_NNS
,_,
this_DT
one_CD
gets_VBZ
extra_JJ
points_NNS
for_IN
having_HVG
its_PP$
uncertain_JJ
head_NN
and_CC
heart_NN
in_IN
the_DT
same_DT
noble_JJ
place_NN
._.
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