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showgirls_NNS
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pual_???
verhoeven_CD
,_,
director_NN
,_,
and_CC
joe_NP
eszterhas_NNS
,_,
writer_NN
._.
their_PP$
last_OD
effort_NN
,_,
basic_JJ
instinct_NN
,_,
played_VBD
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the_DT
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classic_JJ
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dash_NN
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sensuality_NN
that_CS
made_VBN
it_PP
come_VB
across_IN
with_IN
a_DT
hit_NN
like_IN
curry-spiced_JJ
tabasco_NN
sauce_NN
;_;
a_DT
dish_NN
not_XNOT
to_TO
everyone_PN
's_BEZ
taste_NN
,_,
but_CC
certainly_RB
a_DT
well-crafted_VBN
movie_NN
._.
possibly_RB
that_CS
movie_NN
's_BEZ
greatest_JJS
strength_NN
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that_DT
the_DT
most_DT
important_JJ
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happened_VBD
offstage_JJ
,_,
prior_JJ
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the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
during_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
and_CC
after_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
._.
._.
and_CC
that_CS
,_,
after_IN
bringing_VBG
all_PDT
the_DT
plotlines_NNS
together_RB
neatly_RB
,_,
it_PP
left_VBD
the_DT
viewer_NN
with_IN
full_JJ
knowledge_NN
of_IN
what_WDT
*_???
would_MD
*_???
happen_VB
in_CD
the_DT
characters_NNS
'_"
future_NN
,_,
so_RB
there_EX
was_BEDZ
no_DT
need_NN
to_IN
film_NN
it_PP
._.
there_RB
was_BEDZ
actually_RB
about_IN
four_CD
hours_NNS
'_"
worth_IN
of_IN
screen_NN
story_NN
there_RB
,_,
but_CC
eszterhas_NNS
found_VBN
ways_NNS
to_IN
get_VB
it_NN
all_RB
on-screen_IN
in_IN
two_CD
,_,
by_IN
leading_JJ
his_PP$
audience_NN
into_IN
analyzing_VBG
what_WDT
was_BEDZ
really_RB
going_VBG
on_IN
;_;
and_CC
by_IN
still_RB
holding_VBG
their_PP$
interest_NN
with_IN
clever_JJ
misdirection_NP
and_CC
false_JJ
trails_NNS
._.
the_DT
major_JJ
elements_NNS
that_CS
made_VBN
basic_JJ
instinct_NN
work_NN
so_RB
well_RB
are_BER
present_JJ
in_IN
showgirls_NNS
._.
we_PP
have_HV
attractive_JJ
,_,
sympathetic_JJ
,_,
but_CC
still_RB
highly_RB
repellent_JJ
characters_NNS
;_;
we_PP
have_HV
shows_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
eyes_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
ears_NNS
,_,
plotlines_NNS
that_CS
play_VB
on_IN
several_DT
levels_NNS
,_,
we_PP
have_HV
beautifully_RB
delineated_VBN
characters_NNS
who_NP
are_BER
drawn_VBN
from_IN
life_NN
and_CC
very_RB
believable_JJ
,_,
and_CC
we_PP
have_HV
a_DT
story_NN
of_IN
an_DT
innocent_JJ
(_(
who_NP
may_NP
not_XNOT
be_BE
so_RB
innocent_JJ
)_)
who_WP
's_BEZ
trying_VBG
to_TO
play_VB
straight_RB
,_,
trying_VBG
to_IN
improve_VB
her_PP$
station_NN
in_IN
life_NN
,_,
who_WP
slips_VBZ
into_IN
behaving_VBG
the_DT
way_NN
those_DT
around_IN
her_PP$
do_DO
._.
._.
._.
but_NP
recovers_VBZ
with_IN
a_DT
flourish_NN
,_,
and_CC
quits_JJ
a_DT
winner_NN
._.
in_IN
this_DT
sense_NN
,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
a_DT
departure_NN
for_IN
verhoeven_JJ
,_,
who_WP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
known_VBN
for_IN
treating_VBG
his_PP$
characters_NNS
well_RB
;_;
but_CC
nomi_???
,_,
the_DT
part_NN
played_VBD
by_IN
elizabeth_NP
berkley_NP
,_,
definitely_RB
opts_???
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
game_NN
in_IN
a_DT
positive_JJ
way_NN
,_,
and_CC
we're_???
left_VBD
feeling_NN
good_JJ
about_IN
her_PP$
future_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
movies_NNS
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
far_RB
better_JJR
than_CS
we'd_???
been_BEN
led_VBD
to_TO
expect_VB
by_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
negative_JJ
pre-release_NN
publicity_NN
._.
verhoeven_NP
got_VBD
his_PP$
first_OD
oscar_NN
nomination_NN
in_IN
1971_CD
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
the_DT
last_OD
quarter-century_NN
has_HVZ
pushed_VBN
farther_RBR
and_CC
farther_RBR
,_,
experimenting_VBG
with_IN
the_DT
socially-acceptable_JJ
limits_NNS
to_IN
movie-making_VBG
._.
his_PP$
most_DT
recent_JJ
three_CD
movies_NNS
,_,
robocop_???
,_,
total_NN
recall_NN
,_,
and_CC
basic_JJ
instinct_NN
,_,
have_HV
been_BEN
a_DT
progression_NN
of_IN
back-door_NP
access_NN
to_IN
american_JJ
culture_NN
,_,
moving_VBG
from_IN
the_DT
fantastic_JJ
through_IN
the_DT
merely_RB
psychotic_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
underlying_JJ
basic_JJ
drives_NNS
;_;
and_CC
now_RB
he_PP
's_BEZ
exploring_VBG
the_DT
sleeze_NN
._.
this_DT
movie_NN
may_MD
be_BE
the_DT
first_OD
movie_NN
ever_RB
made_VBN
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which_WDT
the_DT
director_NN
's_POS
contract_NN
contained_VBD
a_DT
specific_JJ
provision_NN
that_CS
he_PP
would_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
to_TO
deliver_VB
an_DT
r_NN
rated_VBN
movie_NN
._.
(_)
verhoeven_NP
had_HVD
to_TO
cut_VB
several_DT
parts_NNS
of_IN
basic_JJ
instinct_NN
to_IN
get_VB
an_DT
r_NN
rating_NN
,_,
although_CS
his_PP$
original_JJ
version_NN
is_BEZ
available_JJ
on_IN
video_NN
._.
)_)
many_DT
reviewers_NNS
have_HV
taken_VBN
the_DT
politically-correct_NN
stance_NN
that_CS
any_DT
movie_NN
which_WDT
uses_VBZ
naked_JJ
ladies_NNS
as_IN
scenery_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
bad_JJ
thing_NN
;_;
but_CC
they_PP
miss_VB
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
this_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
about_IN
naked_JJ
ladies_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
about_IN
people_NN
in_IN
an_DT
environment_NN
where_CS
naked_JJ
ladies_NNS
are_BER
common_JJ
,_,
and_CC
why_WRB
such_DT
an_DT
environment_NN
should_MD
exist_VB
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
about_IN
the_DT
scum_NN
who_WP
use_VB
other_JJ
people_NN
as_IN
power-trip_???
toys_NNS
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
need_NN
to_IN
escape_NN
their_PP$
power_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
about_IN
a_DT
world_NN
where_CS
sex_NN
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
and_CC
normal_JJ
human_JJ
values_NNS
don't_DO
pertain_VB
;_;
and_CC
the_DT
lack_NN
of_IN
sexual_JJ
excitement_NN
and_CC
passionate_JJ
heat_NN
in_IN
even_RB
the_DT
most_DT
blatant_JJ
scenes_NNS
is_BEZ
something_PN
of_IN
an_DT
accomplishment_NN
._.
an_DT
nc-17_???
movie_NN
which_WDT
isn't_BEZ
sexually_RB
exciting_JJ
says_VBZ
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
about_IN
the_DT
phoniness_NN
and_CC
emptiness_NN
of_IN
a_DT
social_JJ
stratum_NN
where_CS
sex_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
robbed_VBN
of_IN
any_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
beauty_NN
,_,
power_NN
,_,
or_CC
value_NN
._.
the_DT
one_CD
scene_NN
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
that_CS
*_???
could_MD
*_???
have_HV
been_BEN
a_DT
good_JJ
sex_NN
scene_NN
,_,
berkley_NP
and_CC
maclachlan_NP
in_IN
a_DT
swimming_NN
pool_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
exciting_JJ
,_,
because_CS
by_IN
then_RB
we_PP
already_RB
know_VB
his_PP$
character_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
callous_JJ
manipulator_NN
._.
if_CS
anything_PN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
rape_NN
scene_NN
with_IN
a_DT
victim_NN
who_WP
's_BEZ
been_BEN
duped_VBN
into_IN
cooperation_NN
._.
you_PP
don't_DO
make_VB
a_DT
movie_NN
about_IN
the_DT
history_NN
of_IN
black_JJ
people_NN
in_IN
america_NP
without_IN
using_VBG
a_DT
few_DT
black_JJ
actors_NNS
;_;
you_PP
don't_DO
make_VB
a_DT
movie_NN
about_IN
world_NN
war_NN
ii_CD
without_IN
a_DT
few_DT
guns_NNS
going_VBG
off_IN
and_CC
a_DT
few_DT
people_NN
getting_VBG
killed_VBN
;_;
and_CC
you_PP
don't_DO
make_VB
a_DT
movie_NN
about_IN
las_NP
vegas_NP
showgirls_NNS
without_IN
showing_VBG
a_DT
few_DT
las_NP
vegas_NP
showgirls_NNS
._.
._.
._.
and_CC
in_IN
an_DT
awful_JJ
lot_NN
of_IN
vegas_NP
shows_VBZ
,_,
an_DT
awful_JJ
lot_NN
of_IN
ladies_NNS
wear_VB
very_RB
little_JJ
clothing_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
legitimate_JJ
portrayal_NN
of_IN
a_DT
rather_RB
seamy_JJ
side_NN
of_IN
the_DT
entertainment_NN
industry_NN
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
town_NN
where_CS
sex_NN
is_BEZ
simply_RB
a_DT
negotiable_JJ
commodity_NN
._.
showgirls_NNS
de-glamorizes_NNS
the_DT
las_NP
vegas_NP
show_VB
and_CC
sex_NN
industries_NNS
with_IN
great_JJ
effectiveness_NN
._.
nomi_???
is_BEZ
played_VBD
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
very_RB
good_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
by_IN
elizabeth_NP
berkley_NP
,_,
who_WP
gives_VBZ
us_PP
a_DT
solid_JJ
picture_NN
of_IN
a_DT
woman_NN
with_IN
limited_JJ
talents_NNS
who_WP
's_MD
at_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
rope_NN
,_,
desperate_JJ
to_IN
live_JJ
a_DT
life_NN
better_RBR
than_CS
the_DT
one_CD
she_PP
's_BEZ
known_VBN
._.
she_PP
has_HVZ
nothing_PN
to_TO
market_VB
except_CS
her_PP
body_NN
and_CC
her_PP$
limited_JJ
dancing_NN
ability_NN
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
trying_VBG
desperately_RB
not_XNOT
to_TO
to_TO
be_BE
a_DT
hooker_NN
,_,
trying_VBG
to_IN
be_BE
something_PN
better_JJR
than_CS
she_PP
seems_VBZ
destined_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
._.
when_CS
nomi_???
realizes_VBZ
she_PP
's_BEZ
gone_VBN
too_RB
far_RB
for_IN
too_RB
little_JJ
,_,
she_PP
catches_VBZ
herself_PPX
just_RB
in_IN
time_NN
to_IN
save_VB
the_DT
most_DT
essential_JJ
part_NN
of_IN
who_WP
she_PP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
._.
gina_???
rivera_NP
plays_NNS
molly_RB
,_,
a_DT
dressmaker_NN
and_CC
costumer_NN
who_WP
befriends_VBZ
nomi_???
,_,
providing_CS
her_PP
with_IN
what_WDT
may_MD
be_BE
the_DT
one_CD
solid_JJ
,_,
positive_JJ
relationship_NN
in_IN
nomi_???
's_NNS
entire_JJ
life_NN
._.
molly_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
one_CD
who_WP
makes_VBZ
the_DT
difference_NN
,_,
and_CC
provides_VBZ
the_DT
role_NN
model_NN
and_CC
framework_NN
nomi_???
needs_NNS
to_TO
verify_VB
the_DT
value_NN
system_NN
she'll_???
be_BE
using_VBG
for_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
life_NN
,_,
and_CC
nomi_???
's_NNS
feelings_NNS
for_IN
molly_RB
are_BER
the_DT
spur_NN
that_CS
forces_NNS
nomi_???
's_MD
decision_NN
._.
gina_???
gershon_NN
plays_NNS
cristal_NN
,_,
an_DT
aging_JJ
,_,
but_CC
still_RB
very_RB
attractive_JJ
starring_NN
dancer_NN
,_,
a_DT
reflexively_JJ
competitive_JJ
manipulator_NN
who_WP
's_BEZ
become_VBN
a_DT
villainess_NN
by_IN
internalizing_VBG
the_DT
ethos_NN
of_IN
the_DT
crooks_NNS
and_CC
scum_NN
around_IN
her_PP$
._.
gershon_NP
plays_VBZ
cristal_NN
as_IN
a_DT
cross_NN
between_IN
ava_???
gardner_NN
and_CC
raquel_NP
welch_NP
;_;
a_DT
fading_VBG
talent_NN
made_VBN
bitter_JJ
by_IN
self-awareness_NN
._.
her_PP
character_NN
is_BEZ
very_RB
well_RB
drawn_VBN
and_CC
performed_VBN
;_;
in_IN
a_DT
major_JJ
scene_NN
in_IN
a_DT
hospital_NN
room_NN
,_,
she_PP
acknowledges_VBZ
what_WDT
she_PP
is_BEZ
,_,
and_CC
,_,
in_IN
essence_NN
,_,
passes_NNS
the_DT
torch_NN
to_IN
nomi_???
._.
the_DT
relationship_NN
between_IN
the_DT
two_CD
of_IN
them_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
honest_JJ
one_CD
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
and_CC
provides_VBZ
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
impetus_NN
nomi_???
needs_NNS
to_TO
follow_VB
a_DT
different_JJ
path_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
no_DT
accident_NN
that_CS
the_DT
three_CD
important_JJ
parts_NNS
in_IN
this_DT
movie_NN
are_BER
women_NNS
of_IN
different_JJ
stripe_NN
;_;
molly_RB
is_BEZ
an_DT
honest_JJ
,_,
hard-working_JJ
person_NN
who_WP
means_VBZ
well_RB
,_,
and_CC
nearly_RB
dies_VBZ
because_CS
she_PP
confuses_VBZ
the_DT
glitter_NN
and_CC
the_DT
image_NN
with_IN
reality_NN
._.
cristal_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
talented_JJ
dancer_NN
who_WP
's_BEZ
compromised_JJ
her_PP
ideals_NNS
and_CC
sold_VBN
herself_PPX
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
co-operating_VBG
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
system_NN
,_,
exchanging_VBG
self-respect_NN
for_IN
the_DT
species_NN
of_IN
stardom_NN
that_CS
can_MD
be_BE
had_HVD
in_CD
las_NP
vegas_NP
._.
nomi_???
believes_VBZ
she_PP
can_MD
make_VB
it_PP
without_IN
selling_VBG
herself_PPX
,_,
succumbs_VBZ
to_IN
a_DT
degree_NN
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
realizes_VBZ
she_PP
can_MD
make_VB
it_PP
without_IN
selling_VBG
herself_PPX
,_,
and_CC
doesn't_DOZ
need_VB
las_NP
vegas_NP
or_CC
its_PP$
brand_NN
of_IN
"_"
stardom_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
male_JJ
parts_NNS
in_IN
this_DT
movie_NN
are_BER
simply_RB
props_NNS
;_;
they_PP
exist_VB
only_RB
to_IN
demonstrate_VB
and_CC
explicate_VB
the_DT
cultural_JJ
milieu_NN
against_IN
which_WDT
showgirls_NNS
exist_VB
._.
kyle_???
maclachlan_NN
,_,
whose_WP$
single_JJ
best_JJS
previous_JJ
work_NN
was_BEDZ
as_IN
an_DT
inhumanly_RB
emotionless_NN
cop_NN
in_IN
the_DT
hidden_JJ
,_,
gives_VBZ
us_PP
a_DT
nicely_RB
reptilian_JJ
bit_NN
of_IN
pond_NN
scum_NN
on_IN
two_CD
legs_NNS
,_,
camouflaged_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
nice_JJ
guy_NN
._.
glenn_NP
plummer_NN
plays_VBZ
a_DT
dancer_NN
who_WP
's_BEZ
working_VBG
as_IN
a_DT
bellboy_NN
,_,
and_CC
provides_VBZ
a_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
alternate_JJ
perspective_NN
._.
plummer_NN
's_POS
character_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
only_RB
one_CD
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
who_WP
's_BEZ
maintaining_VBG
an_DT
interest_NN
in_IN
dance_NN
as_IN
a_DT
performing_NN
art_NN
,_,
but_CC
even_RB
he_PP
's_BEZ
succumbed_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
cult_NN
of_IN
manipulation_NN
._.
plummer_NN
's_POS
character_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
closest_JJS
thing_NN
to_IN
a_DT
sympathetic_JJ
male_NN
character_NN
in_IN
the_DT
whole_JJ
movie_NN
._.
some_DT
of_IN
jost_???
vacano_NN
's_HVZ
cinematography_NN
is_BEZ
fantastic_JJ
,_,
and_CC
one_CD
particular_JJ
delineation_NN
of_IN
nomi_???
's_NNS
character_NN
alteration_NN
,_,
a_DT
no-dialog_NN
scene_NN
using_VBG
nothing_PN
but_CC
color_NN
changes_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
lighting_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
utterly_RB
terrifying_JJ
._.
this_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
rated_VBN
nc-17_???
due_IN
to_TO
language_NN
,_,
sexual_JJ
situations_NNS
,_,
full_JJ
frontal_JJ
nudity_NN
,_,
violence_NN
,_,
and_CC
probably_RB
the_DT
costuming_NN
as_IN
well_RB
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
see_VB
a_DT
way_NN
this_DT
particular_JJ
story_NN
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
told_VBN
well_RB
without_IN
it_PP
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
regard_VB
it_PP
as_IN
a_DT
legitimate_JJ
exercise_NN
in_IN
movie-making_VBG
._.
but_CC
don't_DO
go_VB
see_VB
it_PP
if_CS
you're_???
not_XNOT
in_CD
a_NN
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