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there_RB
's_POS
a_DT
thin_JJ
line_NN
between_IN
satire_NN
and_CC
controversy_NN
,_,
and_CC
mike_NP
nichols_NP
(_(
the_DT
birdcage_NN
,_,
wolf_NN
)_)
has_HVZ
directed_VBN
a_DT
sharp_JJ
and_CC
very_RB
honest_JJ
look_NN
at_IN
a_DT
us_NP
presidential_JJ
election_NN
._.
based_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
book_NN
written_VBN
by_IN
"_"
anonymous_JJ
"_"
(_)
actually_RB
former_DT
"_"
newsweek_NN
"_"
writer_NN
joe_NP
klein_NP
)_)
,_,
john_NP
travolta_???
plays_NNS
governor_NN
jack_NP
stanton_NP
._.
but_CC
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
actually_RB
play_VB
stanton_NP
._.
he_PP
plays_VBZ
bill_NN
clinton_NP
;_;
just_RB
the_DT
same_DT
as_CS
emma_NP
thompson_NP
no_DT
doubt_NN
plays_VBZ
the_DT
first_OD
lady_NN
and_CC
billy_NP
bob_NP
thorton_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
campaign_NN
manipulator_NN
james_NP
carville_NP
(_(
although_CS
the_DT
credits_NNS
will_MD
of_IN
course_NN
say_VB
otherwise_RB
)_)
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
taken_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
perspective_NN
of_IN
henry_NP
burton_NP
(_(
adrian_NP
lester_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
morally_RB
correct_JJ
and_CC
somewhat_RB
hesitant_JJ
new_JJ
advisor_NN
to_IN
stanton_NP
._.
he_PP
searches_NNS
for_IN
justice_NN
and_CC
dignity_NN
in_IN
the_DT
ugliest_JJS
possible_JJ
situations_NNS
,_,
and_CC
whether_CS
it_PP
be_BE
keeping_VBG
the_DT
history_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
boss_NN
'_"
pants_NNS
under_IN
wraps_RB
or_CC
contemplating_VBG
digging_NN
up_RP
dirt_NN
on_IN
another_DT
politician_NN
,_,
he_PP
approaches_VBZ
his_PP$
work_NN
with_IN
a_DT
keen_JJ
desire_NN
to_IN
skillfully_RB
serve_VB
his_PP$
country_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
fellow_NN
workers_NNS
._.
richard_NP
jemmons_NNS
(_(
billy_NP
bob_NP
thorton_NP
)_)
and_CC
daisy_NP
green_JJ
(_(
maura_NN
tierney_NN
)_)
team_NN
up_RP
with_IN
henry_NP
as_IN
the_DT
would-be_JJ
president_NN
's_POS
advisors_NNS
,_,
and_CC
hire_NN
lesbian_JJ
veteran_NN
libby_NP
holden_NP
(_(
kathy_NP
bates_NP
)_)
as_IN
the_DT
campaign_NN
's_POS
eccentric_JJ
"_"
tougher_JJR
than_CS
dirt_NN
"_"
incriminator_NN
._.
together_RB
they_PP
face_VB
all_PDT
sorts_NNS
of_IN
sexual_JJ
allegations_NNS
,_,
the_DT
irritatingly_RB
discourteous_JJ
media_NN
and_CC
other_JJ
witty_JJ
politicians_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
election_NN
race_NN
._.
in_IN
its_PP$
satire_NN
and_CC
controversy_NN
,_,
primary_JJ
colors_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
similar_JJ
film_NN
to_IN
wag_???
the_DT
dog_NN
:_:
they_PP
both_RB
are_BER
not_XNOT
afraid_JJ
to_TO
wipe_VB
their_PP$
noses_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
nitty-gritty_JJ
and_CC
take_VB
a_DT
bold_JJ
look_NN
at_IN
something_PN
that_CS
will_MD
never_RB
has_HVZ
honesty_NN
as_IN
a_DT
virtue_NN
._.
but_CC
whereas_CS
wag_???
showed_VBD
us_PP
how_WRB
much_DT
affect_NN
a_DT
few_DT
people_NN
can_MD
have_HV
on_IN
the_DT
media_NN
,_,
primary_JJ
colors_NNS
is_BEZ
much_DT
more_DT
concerned_JJ
with_IN
fleshing_VBG
out_RP
it_PP
's_MD
characters_NNS
,_,
letting_VBG
us_PP
understand_VB
what_WDT
they_PP
want_VB
and_CC
why_WRB
,_,
and_CC
making_VBG
us_PP
truly_RB
appreciate_VB
the_DT
humanity_NN
and_CC
rectitude_NN
that_CS
they_PP
graciously_RB
represent_VB
._.
seeing_VBG
john_NP
travolta_???
play_NN
bill_NN
clinton_NP
so_RB
confidently_RB
and_CC
justly_RB
is_BEZ
enough_RB
to_IN
make_NN
the_DT
film_NN
more_DT
than_CS
worth_IN
a_DT
look_NN
._.
and_CC
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
also_RB
make_VB
superb_JJ
performances_NNS
-_-
adrian_NP
lester_NP
sharply_RB
portrays_VBZ
the_DT
intellect_NN
of_IN
henry_NP
whilst_CS
kathy_NP
bates_NP
is_BEZ
perfect_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
robust_JJ
and_CC
energetic_JJ
libby_NP
holden_NP
._.
at_IN
occasions_NNS
,_,
you_PP
can't_MD
help_VB
but_CC
feel_VB
that_DT
these_DT
terrific_JJ
characters_NNS
are_BER
going_VBG
to_TO
waste_VB
._.
there_EX
are_BER
long_JJ
slabs_NNS
of_IN
time_NN
where_CS
john_NP
travolta_???
(_(
unquestionably_RB
the_DT
most_DT
interesting_JJ
to_IN
watch_NN
)_)
is_BEZ
missed_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
;_;
and_CC
since_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
awkwardly_RB
structured_JJ
as_CS
henry_NP
's_POS
story_NN
we_PP
are_BER
often_RB
forced_VBN
to_IN
watch_NN
scenes_NNS
that_CS
perhaps_RB
are_BER
not_XNOT
so_RB
necessary_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
central_JJ
plot_NN
-_-
or_CC
even_RB
the_DT
point_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
having_HVG
said_VBN
that_DT
,_,
make_VB
no_DT
mistake_NN
-_-
primary_JJ
colors_NNS
is_BEZ
always_RB
enjoyable_JJ
to_IN
watch_NN
._.
but_CC
frequently_RB
we_PP
have_HV
to_TO
ask_VB
ourselves_PPX
-_-
exactly_RB
what_WDT
are_BER
we_PP
watching_VBG
?_?
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
first_OD
half_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
duration_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
lightheaded_JJ
look_NN
at_IN
melodramatic_JJ
confrontations_NNS
that_CS
seem_VB
so_RB
genuine_JJ
we_PP
cannot_NN
help_VB
but_CC
laugh_VB
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
way_NN
primary_JJ
colors_NNS
chooses_VBZ
to_TO
finish_VB
tackles_VBZ
aspects_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
very_RB
contrary_JJ
,_,
and_CC
almost_RB
unsuitable_JJ
,_,
to_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
but_CC
as_CS
i_PP
mentioned_VBD
before_IN
,_,
there_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
thin_JJ
line_NN
between_IN
satire_NN
and_CC
controversy_NN
-_-
and_CC
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
primary_JJ
colors_NNS
delivers_VBZ
an_DT
entertaining_JJ
indulgence_NN
of_IN
political_JJ
matters_NNS
combined_VBN
with_IN
a_DT
far-from-overpowering_NN
look_NN
at_IN
winning_VBG
the_DT
public_JJ
's_POS
opinion_NN
._.
although_CS
at_IN
occasions_NNS
the_DT
film_NN
may_MD
jump_VB
around_IN
a_DT
little_JJ
too_RB
freely_RB
,_,
focus_NN
is_BEZ
never_RB
lost_VBN
on_IN
how_WRB
important_JJ
and_CC
vulnerable_JJ
the_DT
subject_NN
matter_NN
really_RB
is_BEZ
._.
thankfully_RB
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
clear_JJ
to_TO
make_VB
the_DT
distinction_NN
on_IN
what_WDT
is_BEZ
entertaining_JJ
movie_NN
cosmetics_NNS
and_CC
what_WDT
is_BEZ
a_DT
provocative_JJ
documentation_NN
of_IN
something_PN
so_RB
really_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
scary_JJ
._.