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seen_VBN
september_NP
2_CD
,_,
2_CD
at_IN
2_CD
p_NN
._.
m_NN
._.
at_IN
the_DT
sony_NP
nickelodeon_NN
theaters_NNS
(_(
boston_NP
,_,
ma_NN
)_)
,_,
theater_NN
#_???
2_CD
,_,
with_IN
matt_NP
perreault_NN
for_IN
free_JJ
using_VBG
my_PP$
sony_NP
/_SYM
loews_NP
critic_NN
's_POS
pass_NN
._.
[_???
theater_NN
rating_NN
:_:
*_???
*_???
2_CD
/_SYM
2_CD
:_:
okay_JJ
seats_NNS
,_,
sound_NN
,_,
and_CC
picture_NN
]_???
modern_JJ
society_NN
is_BEZ
now_RB
inundated_VBN
with_IN
more_DT
sex_NN
and_CC
sexuality_NN
than_CS
it_PP
ever_RB
has_HVZ
been_BEN
before_IN
,_,
from_IN
teenage_JJ
sitcoms_NNS
to_IN
nc-17-rated_JJ
films_NNS
about_IN
fetishes_NNS
._.
the_DT
biggest_JJS
debate_NN
of_IN
the_DT
subject_NN
is_BEZ
whether_CS
or_CC
not_XNOT
it_PP
affects_VBZ
reality_NN
or_CC
just_RB
reflects_VBZ
it_PP
._.
"_"
your_PP$
friends_NNS
and_CC
neighbors_NNS
"_"
takes_VBZ
a_DT
different_JJ
approach_NN
as_IN
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
revolves_VBZ
almost_RB
entirely_RB
around_IN
sex_NN
and_CC
how_WRB
can_MD
be_BE
used_VBN
for_IN
both_PDT
pain_NN
and_CC
pleasure_NN
even_RB
within_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
circle_NN
of_IN
friends_NNS
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
important_JJ
aspects_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
that_CS
most_DT
be_BE
noted_VBN
and_CC
analyzed_VBN
before_IN
the_DT
film_NN
can_MD
really_RB
be_BE
dissected_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
whole_JJ
is_BEZ
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
neil_NP
labute_NN
's_POS
basic_JJ
setup_???
and_CC
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
unique_JJ
methods_NNS
he_PP
employs_VBZ
to_IN
tell_VB
the_DT
story_NN
._.
firstly_RB
,_,
and_CC
most_DT
importantly_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
fact_NN
the_DT
script_NN
tells_VBZ
a_DT
rather_RB
complex_JJ
,_,
detailed_JJ
story_NN
of_IN
lust_NN
,_,
betrayal_NN
,_,
arrogance_NN
,_,
hypocrisy_NN
,_,
greed_NN
,_,
and_CC
just_RB
plain_JJ
stupidity_NN
between_IN
six_CD
different_JJ
characters_NNS
(_(
three_CD
men_NNS
,_,
three_CD
women_NNS
)_)
,_,
without_IN
hardly_RB
any_DT
supporting_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
(_(
a_DT
few_DT
have_HV
a_DT
line_NN
or_CC
two_CD
)_)
,_,
mostly_RB
extras_NNS
._.
everything_PN
they_PP
do_DO
will_VB
somehow_RB
affect_VB
another_DT
character_NN
and_CC
ultimately_RB
come_VB
full-circle_NN
back_NN
to_IN
themselves_PPX
,_,
whether_CS
it_PP
be_BE
positive_JJ
or_CC
negative_JJ
._.
but_CC
to_IN
just_RB
state_NN
this_DT
is_BEZ
arbitrary_JJ
,_,
and_CC
explaining_VBG
and_CC
criticizing_VBG
the_DT
process_NN
is_BEZ
difficult_JJ
._.
labute_NN
's_POS
ability_NN
to_IN
tell_VB
his_PP$
story_NN
through_IN
a_DT
few_DT
characters_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
remarkable_JJ
feat_NN
,_,
but_CC
what_WDT
's_BEZ
specifically_RB
impressive_JJ
is_BEZ
the_DT
fact_NN
the_DT
characters_NNS
'_"
names_NNS
are_BER
never_RB
revealed_VBN
until_CS
the_DT
end_NN
credits_NNS
roll_NN
._.
for_IN
the_DT
sake_NN
of_IN
this_DT
review_NN
,_,
i_PP
will_MD
describe_VB
the_DT
characters_NNS
and_CC
refer_VB
to_IN
them_PP
as_CS
their_PP$
main_JJ
characteristic_NN
._.
another_DT
interesting_JJ
accomplishment_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
fact_NN
every_DT
scene_NN
takes_VBZ
place_NN
inside_IN
with_IN
limited_JJ
focus_NN
._.
we're_???
always_RB
able_JJ
to_IN
tell_VB
where_CS
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
(_(
someone_PN
's_BEZ
home_RB
,_,
the_DT
gym_NN
,_,
a_DT
restaurant_NN
,_,
hotel_NN
room_NN
,_,
etc_RB
._.
)_)
,_,
but_CC
what_WDT
the_DT
city_NN
they_PP
live_VB
in_IN
,_,
what_WDT
year_NN
it_PP
is_BEZ
,_,
what_WDT
the_DT
society_NN
is_BEZ
like_IN
,_,
etc_RB
._.
is_BEZ
relatively_RB
unknown_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
complete_JJ
character_NN
study_NN
with_IN
the_DT
tight_JJ
,_,
intense_JJ
drama_NN
of_IN
the_DT
theater_NN
._.
no_DT
one_CD
plot_NN
dominates_VBZ
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
the_DT
first_OD
act_NN
a_DT
bit_NN
tedious_JJ
for_IN
its_PP$
lack_NN
of_IN
background_NN
._.
we're_???
simply_RB
dropped_VBN
in_IN
on_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
'_"
lives_NNS
and_CC
are_BER
expected_VBN
to_IN
figure_NN
out_RP
the_DT
rest_NN
._.
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
middle-class_JJ
white_JJ
people_NN
who_WP
are_BER
all_PDT
successful_JJ
at_IN
what_WDT
they_PP
do_DO
,_,
but_CC
they're_???
only_JJ
concern_NN
right_NN
now_RB
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
their_PP$
sex_NN
lives_NNS
._.
first_OD
there_RB
's_BEZ
barry_NP
(_(
eckhart_NP
)_)
and_CC
mary_NP
(_(
brenneman_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
married_JJ
couple_NN
who_WP
are_BER
going_VBG
through_IN
a_DT
dry_JJ
spell_NN
not_XNOT
unlike_IN
many_DT
other_JJ
couples_NNS
in_IN
other_JJ
situations_NNS
who_WP
don't_DO
know_VB
what_WDT
they're_???
problem_NN
is_BEZ
._.
barry_NP
is_BEZ
kind_NN
of_IN
a_DT
dorky_JJ
businessman_NN
who_WP
loves_VBZ
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
sex_NN
they_PP
have_HV
,_,
but_CC
doesn't_DOZ
have_HV
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
ambition_NN
-_-
he_PP
just_RB
follows_VBZ
everyone_PN
else_RB
._.
mary_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
writer_NN
of_IN
some_DT
sort_NN
,_,
but_CC
lacks_VBZ
aggression_NN
and_CC
emotion_NN
like_IN
her_PP$
husband_NN
and_CC
is_BEZ
the_DT
meekness_NN
character_NN
,_,
but_CC
ironically_RB
,_,
doesn't_DOZ
hesitate_VB
to_TO
commit_VB
adultery_NN
just_RB
to_IN
feel_NN
something_PN
._.
labute_NN
's_POS
script_NN
does_DOZ
a_DT
good_JJ
job_NN
in_IN
characterizing_VBG
mary_NP
and_CC
barry_NP
as_IN
individuals_NNS
,_,
but_CC
is_BEZ
very_RB
light_JJ
on_IN
chemistry_NN
and_CC
connection_NN
between_IN
the_DT
two_CD
._.
obviously_RB
,_,
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
theme_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
enhanced_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
actors_NNS
'_"
good_JJ
performances_NNS
,_,
but_CC
at_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
seems_VBZ
just_RB
a_DT
bit_NN
hollow_NN
._.
another_DT
couple_NN
is_BEZ
jerry_NP
(_(
stiller_NP
)_)
and_CC
terri_???
(_(
keener_FW
)_)
who_NP
live_VB
together_RB
and_CC
seem_VB
to_IN
have_HV
been_BEN
involved_VBN
with_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
for_IN
a_DT
long_JJ
time_NN
,_,
yet_RB
they_PP
constantly_RB
argue_VB
over_IN
anything_PN
and_CC
everything_PN
._.
their_PP$
sex_NN
life_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
fraught_JJ
with_IN
problems_NNS
and_CC
for_IN
some_DT
reason_NN
they_PP
continue_VB
to_TO
do_DO
it_PP
throughout_IN
their_PP$
infidelitous_JJ
relationship_NN
._.
if_CS
only_RB
one_CD
aspect_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
could_MD
use_VB
improvement_NN
,_,
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
this_DT
area_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
natural_JJ
for_IN
a_DT
married_JJ
couple_NN
to_IN
become_VB
bored_JJ
with_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
,_,
but_CC
why_WRB
would_MD
two_CD
people_NN
who_WP
can_MD
barely_RB
stand_VB
each_DT
other_JJ
continue_VB
to_IN
have_HV
sex_NN
and_CC
live_VB
together_RB
?_?
what_WDT
did_DOD
they_PP
ever_RB
see_VB
in_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
person_NN
to_IN
begin_VB
with_IN
?_?
labute_NN
never_RB
really_RB
answers_NNS
,_,
but_CC
since_CS
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
concerned_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
payoff_NN
than_CS
the_DT
process_NN
,_,
it_PP
still_RB
makes_VBZ
for_IN
good_JJ
drama_NN
,_,
tension_NN
,_,
and_CC
manip_???
ulation_NN
so_CS
intricate_JJ
and_CC
deceitful_JJ
it_PP
's_BEZ
fascinating_JJ
._.
two_CD
other_JJ
characters_NNS
act_NN
as_IN
catalysts_NNS
,_,
cary_NP
(_(
jason_NP
patric_NN
)_)
and_CC
cheri_NP
(_(
natassja_NN
kinski_NP
)_)
._.
cary_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
arrogant_JJ
,_,
hostile_JJ
sex-maniac_NN
who_WP
defines_VBZ
the_DT
word_NN
"_"
bastard_NN
._.
"_"
somehow_RB
he_PP
is_BEZ
able_JJ
to_TO
bend_VB
women_NNS
to_IN
his_PP$
will_NN
,_,
either_RB
through_IN
charm_NN
or_CC
just_RB
attitude_NN
,_,
into_IN
getting_VBG
his_PP$
way_NN
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
guy_NN
everyone_PN
should_MD
stay_VB
away_RB
from_IN
as_CS
we_PP
realize_VB
he_PP
's_BEZ
secretly_RB
perverted_JJ
,_,
but_CC
somehow_RB
barry_NP
finds_VBZ
comfort_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
company_NN
,_,
although_CS
jerry_NP
is_BEZ
always_RB
nervous_JJ
around_IN
him_PP
._.
patric_NN
gives_VBZ
an_DT
outstanding_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
so_RB
much_DT
so_RB
that_CS
we_PP
want_VB
to_TO
know_VB
more_DT
about_IN
him_PP
despite_IN
how_WRB
intimidating_JJ
and_CC
unlikable_JJ
he_PP
is_BEZ
._.
cheri_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
character_NN
labute_NN
uses_VBZ
as_IN
a_DT
catalyst_NN
to_IN
see_VB
how_WRB
the_DT
other_JJ
characters_NNS
react_VB
to_IN
her_PP$
._.
she_PP
works_VBZ
in_IN
an_DT
art_NN
museum_NN
and_CC
at_IN
some_DT
point_NN
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
each_DT
character_NN
will_MD
engage_VB
her_PP$
in_CD
almost_RB
the_DT
exact_JJ
same_DT
conversation_NN
and_CC
her_PP$
reaction_NN
is_BEZ
always_RB
different_JJ
,_,
from_IN
becoming_VBG
involved_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
relationship_NN
with_IN
one_CD
,_,
to_IN
brushing_VBG
it_PP
off_RP
as_IN
small_JJ
talk_NN
with_IN
another_DT
,_,
to_IN
being_BEG
outright_JJ
appalled_JJ
by_IN
yet_RB
another_DT
._.
she_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
sweet_JJ
woman_NN
,_,
perhaps_RB
the_DT
most_DT
normal_JJ
of_IN
any_DT
of_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
and_CC
although_CS
her_PP
symbolism_NN
is_BEZ
obvious_JJ
,_,
her_PP
role_NN
as_IN
the_DT
outsider_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
relatable_JJ
._.
i_PP
will_MD
not_XNOT
reveal_VB
who_WP
cheats_FW
on_IN
who_NP
and_CC
how_WRB
each_DT
character_NN
is_BEZ
specifically_RB
affected_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
others_NNS
'_"
action_NN
,_,
as_CS
that_DT
's_BEZ
the_DT
hook_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
the_DT
first_OD
two_CD
acts_NNS
begin_VB
to_IN
set_NN
up_RP
the_DT
characters_NNS
and_CC
each_DT
's_BEZ
scenarios_NNS
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
often_RB
difficult_JJ
to_IN
tell_VB
what_WDT
they_PP
will_MD
do_DO
about_IN
it_PP
and_CC
with_IN
whom_WP
._.
the_DT
result_NN
is_BEZ
sometimes_RB
surprising_JJ
,_,
other_JJ
times_NNS
predictable_JJ
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
actual_JJ
course_NN
of_IN
actions_NNS
is_BEZ
always_RB
fascinating_JJ
._.
for_IN
a_DT
while_NN
everyone_PN
has_HVZ
their_PP$
fun_NN
,_,
but_CC
ultimately_RB
each_DT
character_NN
's_POS
guilt_NN
,_,
attitude_NN
,_,
or_CC
ignorance_NN
will_MD
disserve_VB
them_PP
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
important_JJ
things_NNS
to_IN
note_NN
is_BEZ
how_WRB
realistic_JJ
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
supposed_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
._.
since_CS
the_DT
characters_NNS
only_RB
interact_VB
with_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
there_RB
isn't_BEZ
much_DT
pop_JJ
culture_NN
references_NNS
,_,
as_CS
almost_RB
everything_PN
has_HVZ
a_DT
deeper_JJR
philosophy_NN
behind_IN
it_PP
._.
are_BER
we_PP
to_IN
assume_VB
that_RB
these_DT
people_NN
are_BER
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
title_NN
states_NNS
,_,
our_PP$
friends_NNS
and_CC
neighbors_NNS
?_?
i_PP
don't_DO
know_VB
of_IN
anyone_PN
going_VBG
through_IN
the_DT
same_DT
situations_NNS
as_IN
these_DT
people_NN
._.
often_RB
times_NNS
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
unlike_JJ
a_DT
network_NN
melodrama_NN
,_,
other_JJ
times_NNS
situations_NNS
are_BER
like_IN
those_DT
not_XNOT
seen_VBN
outside_IN
a_DT
porno_???
movie_NN
._.
but_CC
what_WDT
this_DT
film_NN
does_DOZ
have_HV
that_DT
the_DT
others_NNS
don't_DO
is_BEZ
repercussions_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
end_NN
._.
although_CS
the_DT
film_NN
creates_VBZ
its_PP$
own_DT
reality_NN
,_,
it_PP
goes_VBZ
to_IN
show_NN
that_CS
even_RB
the_DT
immoral_JJ
aren't_BER
immortal_JJ
._.
in_IN
what_WDT
way_NN
"_"
your_PP$
friends_NNS
and_CC
neighbors_NNS
"_"
is_BEZ
supposed_JJ
to_TO
work_VB
is_BEZ
open_JJ
to_TO
interpretation_NN
._.
it_PP
definitely_RB
has_HVZ
a_DT
lot_NN
to_IN
say_VB
about_IN
the_DT
price_NN
that_CS
comes_VBZ
with_IN
infidelity_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
even_RB
better_JJR
had_HVD
it_NN
expanded_VBN
on_IN
that_DT
theme_NN
more_DT
specifically_RB
._.
still_RB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
an_DT
accomplishment_NN
in_IN
film-making_VBG
because_CS
it_PP
has_HVZ
put_VBN
a_DT
timeless_JJ
theme_NN
into_IN
a_DT
modern_JJ
perspective_NN
._.
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