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satirical_JJ
films_NNS
usually_RB
fall_VB
into_IN
one_CD
of_IN
two_CD
categories_NNS
:_:
1_CD
)_)
long-term_JJ
satire_NN
where_CS
everything_PN
,_,
including_IN
the_DT
jokes_NNS
,_,
is_BEZ
somehow_RB
related_JJ
on_IN
a_DT
large_JJ
scale_NN
(_(
i_PP
._.
e_NN
._.
"_"
dr_NN
._.
strangelove_VB
"_"
;_;
2_CD
)_)
situation_NN
satire_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
comedy_NN
and_CC
themes_NNS
are_BER
derived_VBN
moment_NN
by_IN
moment_NN
and_CC
scene_NN
by_IN
scene_NN
(_(
i_PP
._.
e_NN
._.
"_"
men_NNS
in_IN
black_JJ
"_"
)_)
._.
what_WDT
's_BEZ
unique_JJ
about_IN
"_"
wag_???
the_DT
dog_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
that_CS
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
necessarily_RB
fit_VB
either_RB
of_IN
these_DT
descriptions_NNS
,_,
and_CC
yet_RB
is_BEZ
both_RB
at_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
._.
the_DT
result_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
clever_JJ
comedy_NN
based_VBN
on_IN
an_DT
original_JJ
,_,
smart_JJ
premise_NN
,_,
even_RB
if_CS
the_DT
focus_NN
does_DOZ
tend_VB
to_TO
wander_VB
a_DT
bit_NN
._.
if_CS
there_EX
's_BEZ
anything_PN
that_CS
affects_VBZ
americans_NNS
the_DT
most_RBS
it_PP
's_MD
politics_NN
and_VB
showbusiness_NN
._.
in_IN
this_DT
age_NN
of_IN
information_NN
and_CC
technology_NN
,_,
we've_???
been_BEN
so_CS
conditioned_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
media_NN
and_CC
the_DT
entertainment_NN
industry_NN
in_IN
our_PP$
ways_NNS
of_IN
perceiving_VBG
things_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
gotten_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
point_NN
that_CS
we_PP
are_BER
practically_RB
controlled_VBN
by_IN
it_PP
._.
we_PP
need_VB
the_DT
media_NN
to_IN
bring_VB
us_NP
the_DT
most_DT
up-to-date_JJ
news_NN
,_,
but_CC
we_PP
also_RB
need_VB
the_DT
escapism_NN
of_IN
hollywood_NP
to_IN
counter_NN
all_PDT
that_DT
thinking_NN
._.
this_DT
film_NN
starts_VBZ
off_IN
well_RB
by_IN
quickly_RB
establishing_VBG
these_DT
ideas_NNS
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
presents_VBZ
an_DT
interesting_JJ
scenario_NN
:_:
if_CS
politics_NN
,_,
the_DT
media_NN
coverage_NN
of_IN
politics_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
entertainment_NN
industry_NN
are_BER
so_RB
closely_RB
related_JJ
,_,
couldn't_MD
someone_PN
with_IN
the_DT
power_NN
and_CC
authority_NN
to_IN
manipulate_VB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
aspects_NNS
manipulate_VB
them_PP
all_PDT
?_?
that_CS
's_NNS
the_DT
idea_NN
conrad_NP
brean_NP
(_(
de_NP
niro_???
)_(
,_,
a_DT
professional_JJ
washington_NP
spin_NN
doctor_NN
,_,
comes_VBZ
up_RP
with_IN
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
restore_VB
the_DT
president_NN
's_POS
good_JJ
name_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
accused_VBN
of_IN
child_NN
molestation_NP
just_RB
weeks_NNS
before_IN
the_DT
election_NN
._.
brean_NP
,_,
along_IN
with_IN
the_DT
president_NN
's_POS
top_NN
advisor_NN
,_,
winifred_NP
ames_???
(_(
heche_FW
)_)
,_,
fly_NN
to_IN
california_NP
to_IN
meet_VB
up_RP
with_IN
hot-shot_NN
movie_NN
producer_NN
stanley_NP
motss_???
(_(
hoffman_NP
)_)
._.
they_PP
pitch_NN
him_PP
an_DT
idea_NN
to_IN
"_"
produce_VB
"_"
the_DT
image_NN
of_IN
a_DT
war_NN
with_IN
albania_NP
(_(
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
country_NN
no_DT
one_CD
's_BEZ
heard_VBN
of_IN
so_RB
they_PP
people_NN
will_MD
buy_VB
it_PP
)_)
._.
soon_RB
the_DT
wheels_NNS
are_BER
in_IN
motion_NN
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
riffing_NN
satire_NN
comes_VBZ
into_IN
play_NN
._.
we're_???
inundated_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
hollywood_NP
mind_NN
set_NN
as_IN
motss_???
brings_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
number_NN
of_IN
experts_NNS
to_IN
help_NN
manage_VB
the_DT
situation_NN
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
a_DT
folk_NN
singer_NN
,_,
visual_JJ
and_CC
sound_NN
effects_NNS
technicians_NNS
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
modern_JJ
style_NN
expert_NN
known_VBN
as_IN
the_DT
fad_???
king_NN
(_(
leary_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
initial_JJ
atmosphere_NN
is_BEZ
rich_JJ
with_IN
numerous_JJ
pop_NN
culture_NN
references_NNS
where_CS
everything_PN
somehow_RB
relates_VBZ
to_IN
something_PN
on_IN
tv_NN
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
movies_NNS
,_,
or_CC
in_IN
the_DT
news_NN
._.
the_DT
characters_NNS
'_"
dialogue_NN
is_BEZ
witty_JJ
and_CC
funny_JJ
,_,
although_CS
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
actual_JJ
jokes_NNS
and_CC
gags_NNS
seem_VB
rather_RB
sitcom-esque_JJ
._.
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
one_CD
scene_NN
shows_VBZ
motss_???
and_CC
brean_NP
's_POS
production_NN
crew_NN
filming_VBG
an_DT
actress_NN
portraying_VBG
a_DT
poor_JJ
albanian_JJ
refugee_NN
._.
motss_???
ordered_VBN
a_DT
kitten_NN
for_IN
the_DT
girl_NN
to_IN
carry_VB
,_,
but_CC
instead_RB
wound_NN
up_RP
with_IN
a_DT
dozen_NN
different_JJ
dogs_NNS
._.
since_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
all_PDT
computer-enhanced_JJ
anyway_RB
,_,
she_PP
ends_VBZ
up_RP
cradling_VBG
a_DT
bag_NN
of_IN
tostitos_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
kitten_NN
to_IN
be_BE
inserted_VBD
later_JJR
._.
this_DT
demonstrates_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
ability_NN
to_IN
take_VB
a_NP
relatively_RB
ordinary_JJ
situation_NN
and_CC
make_VB
it_PP
smart_JJ
and_CC
funny_JJ
just_RB
through_IN
the_DT
premise_NN
._.
but_CC
then_RB
there_EX
's_BEZ
the_DT
gags_NNS
and_CC
one-liners_NNS
that_CS
,_,
although_CS
are_BER
humorous_JJ
,_,
seem_VB
a_DT
little_JJ
gratuitious_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
long_JJ
run_NN
such_DT
as_CS
motss_???
not_XNOT
being_BEG
able_JJ
to_IN
remember_VB
the_DT
actress_NN
's_POS
name_NN
,_,
or_CC
,_,
whenever_WRB
a_DT
problem_NN
emerges_VBZ
,_,
always_RB
responding_VBG
with_IN
,_,
"_"
this_DT
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
!_!
"_"
by_IN
the_DT
time_NN
the_DT
film_NN
makes_VBZ
it_PP
to_TO
the_DT
midpoint_JJ
,_,
everything_PN
that_CS
is_BEZ
going_VBG
to_TO
happen_VB
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
plot_NN
happens_VBZ
._.
the_DT
first_OD
act_NN
is_BEZ
quickly_RB
paced_VBD
,_,
while_CS
the_DT
second_NN
act_NN
contains_VBZ
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
jokes_NNS
and_CC
is_BEZ
the_DT
core_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
every_DT
ten_CD
minutes_NNS
or_CC
so_RB
a_DT
new_JJ
problem_NN
crops_NNS
up_RP
that_CS
motss_???
and_CC
brean_NP
must_MD
deal_VB
with_IN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
always_RB
fascinating_JJ
to_IN
see_NN
what_WDT
they_PP
do_DO
and_CC
how_WRB
they_PP
do_DO
it_PP
._.
the_DT
screenplay_NN
provides_VBZ
good_JJ
characterization_NN
and_CC
actually_RB
deals_NNS
with_IN
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
problems_NNS
head-on_RB
in_IN
realistic_JJ
manners_NNS
._.
however_RB
,_,
it_PP
does_DOZ
have_HV
a_DT
tendency_NN
to_IN
avoid_VB
things_NNS
and_CC
shift_NN
its_PP$
focus_NN
from_IN
the_DT
election_NN
campaign_NN
and_CC
false_JJ
war_NN
smokescreen_IN
to_IN
something_PN
a_DT
bit_NN
off_IN
the_DT
subject_NN
._.
as_CS
the_DT
third_OD
act_NN
rolls_NNS
around_IN
the_DT
satirical_JJ
nature_NN
becomes_VBZ
more_DT
concerned_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
situations_NNS
and_CC
less_DT
so_RB
with_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
picture_NN
._.
what_WDT
had_HVD
started_VBN
off_RP
as_IN
a_DT
brilliant_JJ
,_,
somewhat_RB
harmless_JJ
conspiracy_NN
to_IN
fool_NN
the_DT
general_JJ
public_NN
begins_VBZ
to_IN
seem_VB
more_DT
like_IN
something_PN
that_CS
would_MD
happen_VB
in_IN
a_DT
movie_NN
._.
still_RB
,_,
the_DT
situation_NN
comedy_NN
is_BEZ
quite_RB
funny_JJ
,_,
especially_RB
a_DT
montage_NN
showing_VBG
the_DT
entire_JJ
country_NN
flinging_JJ
old_JJ
shoes_NNS
into_IN
trees_NNS
to_IN
honor_NP
sgt_???
._.
willie_NP
schumann_NP
-_-
a_DT
war_NN
hero_NN
motss_???
and_CC
brean_NP
concocted_VBN
._.
truly_RB
great_JJ
satire_NN
manages_VBZ
to_IN
create_VB
for_IN
an_DT
entertaining_JJ
story_NN
that_CS
makes_VBZ
you_PP
laugh_VB
at_IN
the_DT
time_NN
,_,
but_CC
think_VB
about_IN
afterwards_RB
and_CC
"_"
wag_???
the_DT
dog_NN
"_"
at_IN
least_DT
succeeds_VBZ
in_IN
this_DT
respect_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
in_IN
retrospect_NN
it_PP
seems_VBZ
like_IN
so_RB
much_DT
more_DT
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
done_DON
,_,
namely_RB
by_IN
extending_VBG
the_DT
running_JJ
time_NN
and_CC
filling_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
plot_NN
holes_NNS
._.
then_RB
again_RB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
valiant_JJ
effort_NN
._.