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note_NN
:_:
some_DT
may_MD
consider_VB
portions_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
following_JJ
text_NN
to_IN
be_BE
spoilers_FW
._.
be_BE
forewarned_JJ
._.
the_DT
teaser_NN
trailers_NNS
for_IN
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
wedding_NN
scarsely_RB
gave_VBD
reason_NN
for_IN
hope_NN
-_-
it_PP
looked_VBD
like_IN
the_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
goofy_JJ
,_,
light-hearted_VBN
comedy_NN
than_CS
might_MD
put_VB
julia_NP
roberts_NP
back_NN
in_IN
the_DT
limelight_NN
,_,
but_CC
little_DT
more_RBR
;_;
i'd_???
frankly_RB
rarely_RB
seen_VBN
a_DT
trailer_NN
place_NN
such_DT
an_DT
emphasis_NN
on_IN
people_NN
falling_VBG
over_IN
for_IN
laughs_NNS
so_RB
often_RB
._.
it_PP
was_BEDZ
then_RB
to_IN
both_PDT
my_PP$
surprise_NN
and_CC
my_PP$
delight_NN
to_IN
find_VB
that_RB
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
wedding_NN
was_BEDZ
such_DT
a_DT
success_NN
-_-
a_DT
strong_JJ
,_,
bouyant_JJ
romantic-comedy_NN
with_IN
some_DT
decidedly_RB
unconventionally_RB
quirky_JJ
comic_NN
aspects_NNS
,_,
featuring_VBG
a_DT
triumphant_JJ
performance_NN
from_IN
ms_NN
._.
roberts_NP
._.
the_DT
heroine_NN
of_IN
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
wedding_NN
is_BEZ
julianne_NP
potter_NN
(_(
julia_NP
roberts_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
successful_JJ
new_JJ
york_NP
restaurant_NN
critic_NN
,_,
and_CC
we_PP
open_VB
the_DT
film_NN
with_IN
a_DT
whimsical_JJ
revelation_NN
to_IN
her_PP$
editor_NN
george_NP
downes_NP
(_(
rupert_NP
everett_NP
)_)
that_CS
years_NNS
ago_RB
,_,
she_PP
had_HVD
made_VBN
a_DT
pact_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
dear_JJ
best_JJS
friend_NN
and_CC
ex-lover_NN
michael_NP
o'neal_NN
(_(
dermot_NP
mulroney_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
sports_NNS
writer_NN
,_,
that_CS
if_CS
they_PP
both_RB
hadn't_HVD
married_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
time_NN
they_PP
reached_VBD
28_CD
,_,
they_PP
had_HVD
promised_VBN
to_IN
marry_VB
each_DT
other_JJ
._.
both_RB
julianne_NP
and_CC
michael_NP
are_BER
both_RB
single_JJ
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
george_NP
inquires_NNS
about_IN
michael_NP
's_POS
age_NN
,_,
julianne_NP
realizes_VBZ
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
mere_JJ
weeks_NNS
away_RB
from_IN
his_PP$
28th_CD
birthday_NN
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
quite_RB
distressed_VBN
when_CS
she_PP
receives_VBZ
a_DT
phone_NN
call_NN
from_IN
michael_NP
later_RBR
that_CS
day_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
she_PP
finds_VBZ
herself_PPX
even_RB
more_DT
distraught_JJ
when_CS
michael_NP
's_POS
call_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
regards_NNS
to_IN
his_PP$
impending_JJ
marriage_NN
to_IN
heiress_NN
kimmy_JJ
wallace_NP
(_(
cameron_NP
diaz_???
)_(
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
he_PP
asks_VBZ
julianne_NP
to_IN
fly_NN
down_IN
to_IN
chicago_NP
for_IN
the_DT
wedding_NN
,_,
julianne_NP
suddenly_RB
realizes_VBZ
that_CS
she_PP
loves_VBZ
michael_NP
,_,
and_CC
resolves_VBZ
to_TO
break_VB
up_RP
the_DT
wedding_NN
and_CC
steal_VB
the_DT
groom_NN
by_IN
any_DT
means_NN
necessary_JJ
._.
the_DT
setup_???
for_IN
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
wedding_NN
,_,
then_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
fairly_RB
conventional_JJ
one_CD
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
many_DT
ways_NNS
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
storyline_JJ
is_BEZ
formulaic_JJ
-_-
but_CC
only_RB
to_IN
a_DT
certain_JJ
extent_NN
:_:
the_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
directed_VBN
by_IN
p_NN
._.
j_NN
._.
hogan_NP
,_,
whose_WP$
first_OD
feature_NN
,_,
muriel_NP
's_POS
wedding_NN
,_,
had_HVD
quite_RB
an_DT
offbeat_NN
tone_NN
for_IN
a_DT
traditional_JJ
uplifting_JJ
ugly-duckling_NN
story_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
same_DT
holds_VBZ
true_JJ
for_IN
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
wedding_NN
,_,
which_WDT
confidently_RB
combines_VBZ
traditional_JJ
romantic-comedy_NN
elements_NNS
with_IN
a_DT
really_RB
eccentric_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
humour_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
innundated_VBN
with_IN
sly_JJ
mischievousness_NN
which_WDT
seems_VBZ
clearly_RB
the_DT
influence_NN
of_IN
mr_NN
._.
hogan_NP
._.
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
heartfelt_NN
,_,
emotional_JJ
exchange_NN
between_IN
julianne_NP
and_CC
michael_NP
late_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
-_-
with_IN
a_DT
trio_NN
of_IN
teenagers_NNS
,_,
inhaling_VBG
helium_NN
and_CC
sounding_VBG
every_DT
bit_NN
like_IN
alvin_NP
and_CC
the_DT
chipmunks_NNS
,_,
harmonizing_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
background_NN
._.
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
wedding_NN
opens_VBZ
with_IN
an_DT
inspired_JJ
opening_NN
credit_NN
sequence_NN
which_WDT
sets_VBZ
the_DT
tone_NN
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
there_EX
are_BER
scenes_NNS
where_CS
actors_NNS
spontaneously_RB
burst_VBN
into_IN
song_NN
to_IN
good_JJ
comic_NN
effect_NN
-_-
it_PP
could_MD
almost_RB
be_BE
argued_VBN
that_CS
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
nearly_RB
as_IN
much_DT
of_IN
a_DT
musical_JJ
as_IN
woody_JJ
allen_NP
's_POS
everyone_PN
says_VBZ
i_PP
love_NN
you_PP
;_;
i'd_???
even_JJ
assert_VB
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
more_DT
successful_JJ
one_CD
._.
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
wedding_NN
keeps_VBZ
breaking_VBG
conventionality_NN
with_IN
its_PP$
characters_NNS
as_IN
well_RB
._.
in_IN
a_DT
typical_JJ
romantic-comedy_NN
,_,
kimmy_JJ
would_MD
be_BE
portrayed_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
snooty_JJ
,_,
conniving_VBG
ice_NN
queen_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
audience_NN
would_MD
be_BE
cheering_VBG
for_IN
julianne_NP
to_IN
rescue_NN
michael_NP
from_IN
her_PP$
grasps_VBZ
;_;
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
smarter_JJR
than_CS
that_DT
-_-
here_RB
,_,
kimmy_JJ
is_BEZ
sweet_JJ
,_,
sincere_JJ
,_,
and_CC
innocent_JJ
;_;
julianne_NP
even_RB
admits_VBZ
at_IN
one_CD
point_NN
that_CS
had_HVD
she_PP
not_XNOT
resolved_VBN
to_IN
utterly_RB
destroy_VB
kimmy_JJ
's_BEZ
life_NN
,_,
she'd_???
actually_RB
like_IN
her_PP$
too_RB
._.
the_DT
george_NP
character_NN
is_BEZ
almost_RB
a_DT
staple_NN
of_IN
recent_JJ
film_NN
-_-
the_DT
homosexual_NN
male_NN
friend_NN
of_IN
the_DT
heroine_NN
who_WP
acts_VBZ
as_IN
a_DT
confidant_NN
and_CC
provides_VBZ
the_DT
guiding_JJ
voice_NN
of_IN
reason_NN
-_-
but_CC
in_IN
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
wedding_NN
,_,
he_PP
gets_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
a_DT
playful_JJ
,_,
mischievous_JJ
and_CC
charming_JJ
personality_NN
._.
throughout_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
the_DT
formulaisms_NNS
one_CD
often_RB
sees_VBZ
is_BEZ
romantic-comedy_JJ
are_BER
given_VBN
little_JJ
twists_NNS
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
result_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
compelling_JJ
all_RB
the_DT
way_NN
to_IN
its_PP$
somewhat_RB
unorthodox_JJ
conclusion_NN
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
smart_JJ
writing_NN
in_IN
the_DT
well-paced_JJ
screenplay_NN
by_IN
ronald_NP
bass_NP
;_;
we're_???
given_JJ
four_CD
interesting_JJ
,_,
vivid_JJ
,_,
and_CC
likeable_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
with_IN
some_DT
good_JJ
dialogue_NN
and_CC
some_DT
genuinely_RB
charming_JJ
and_CC
touching_JJ
moments_NNS
._.
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
wedding_NN
marks_NP
a_DT
strong_JJ
career_NN
rebound_NN
for_IN
julia_NP
roberts_NP
,_,
who_WP
turns_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
top-notch_NN
,_,
confident_JJ
and_CC
reassured_VBD
performance_NN
as_IN
julianne_NP
._.
this_DT
isn't_BEZ
the_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
role_NN
one_CD
usually_RB
associates_NNS
with_IN
ms_NN
._.
roberts_NP
-_-
the_DT
julianne_NP
character_NN
's_POS
neurotic_JJ
,_,
fumbling_VBG
characteristics_NNS
are_BER
more_DT
in_IN
line_NN
with_IN
a_DT
meg_NP
ryan_NP
role_NN
-_-
but_CC
ms_NN
._.
roberts_NP
works_NN
wonderfully_RB
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
and_CC
demonstrates_VBZ
her_PP$
aptitude_NN
at_IN
comedy_NN
here_RB
,_,
remaining_JJ
compelling_JJ
and_CC
empathetic_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
,_,
if_CS
not_XNOT
entirely_RB
sympathetic_JJ
,_,
even_RB
when_CS
her_PP
deeds_NNS
done_DON
to_TO
destroy_VB
the_DT
wedding_NN
plans_NNS
of_IN
her_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
are_BER
less_DT
than_CS
honourable_JJ
._.
even_RB
better_RBR
than_CS
ms_NN
._.
roberts_NP
though_CS
is_BEZ
cameron_NP
diaz_???
,_,
who_WP
turns_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
shining_JJ
performance_NN
in_IN
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
weddding_VBG
._.
with_IN
a_DT
smile_NN
which_WDT
lights_NNS
up_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
,_,
she_PP
effectively_RB
conveys_VBZ
kimmy_JJ
's_NNS
insecurity_NN
and_CC
utter_JJ
sweetness_NN
in_IN
an_DT
endearing_JJ
manner_NN
,_,
and_CC
never_RB
hits_VBZ
a_DT
false_JJ
note_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
she_PP
even_RB
sings_VBZ
-_-
i_PP
won't_MD
soon_RB
forget_VB
her_PP$
charming_JJ
serenade_NN
of_IN
"_"
i_PP
just_RB
don't_DO
know_VB
what_WDT
to_TO
do_DO
with_IN
myself_PPX
"_"
._.
rupert_NP
everett_NP
is_BEZ
given_VBN
a_DT
very_RB
juicy_JJ
role_NN
as_IN
george_NP
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
makes_VBZ
the_DT
most_DT
of_IN
it_PP
with_IN
a_DT
hilarious_JJ
turn_NN
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
his_PP$
character_NN
perhaps_RB
the_DT
most_DT
vivid_JJ
and_CC
most_DT
memorable_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
his_PP$
george_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
a_DT
devilish_JJ
rogue_NN
,_,
entirely_RB
affable_JJ
,_,
and_CC
mr_NN
._.
everett_NP
's_POS
performance_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
delight_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
;_;
he_PP
's_BEZ
clearly_RB
having_HVG
fun_JJ
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
joy_NN
is_BEZ
infectuous_JJ
._.
dermot_NP
mulroney_NP
is_BEZ
adequate_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
thankless_NN
role_NN
-_-
unlike_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
characters_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
given_VBN
a_DT
lot_NN
to_IN
do_DO
,_,
but_CC
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
genuine_JJ
onscreen_IN
chemistry_NN
between_IN
ms_NN
._.
roberts_NP
and_CC
mr_NN
._.
mulroney_NP
,_,
and_CC
consequently_RB
the_DT
longstanding_NN
friendship_NN
between_IN
his_PP$
michael_NP
character_NN
and_CC
the_DT
julianne_NP
character_NN
always_RB
seemed_VBD
completely_RB
authentic_JJ
._.
when_CS
julia_NP
roberts_NP
'_"
lustre_NN
began_VBD
to_TO
fade_VB
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
was_BEDZ
usurped_VBN
from_IN
her_PP$
title_NN
as_IN
"_"
america_NP
's_POS
sweetheart_NN
"_"
by_IN
sandra_NP
bullock_NP
,_,
i_PP
thought_VBD
it_PP
was_BEDZ
a_DT
canny_NN
career_NN
move_NN
on_IN
her_PP$
part_NN
to_IN
take_VB
supporting_JJ
roles_NNS
in_IN
prestige_NN
projects_NNS
like_IN
michael_NP
collins_NP
and_CC
everyone_PN
says_VBZ
i_PP
love_NN
you_PP
to_IN
raise_NN
her_PP
profile_NN
._.
while_CS
that_DT
didn't_DOD
quite_RB
work_VB
out_RP
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
near-certain_JJ
that_CS
her_PP
successful_JJ
return_NN
to_IN
the_DT
genre_NN
which_WDT
made_VBD
her_PP$
a_DT
big_JJ
star_NN
back_NN
in_IN
1990_CD
,_,
the_DT
romantic-comedy_NN
,_,
will_MD
once_RB
again_RB
raise_VB
her_PP$
ante_NP
in_IN
the_DT
hollywood_NP
game_NN
._.
my_PP$
best_JJS
friend_NN
's_BEZ
wedding_NN
marks_NP
a_DT
return_NN
to_IN
form_NN
for_IN
ms_NN
._.
roberts_NP
,_,
and_CC
cements_NNS
p_NN
._.
j_NN
._.
hogan_NP
's_POS
reputation_NN
as_IN
a_DT
skilled_JJ
director_NN
of_IN
comedy_NN
._.