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a_DT
cinematic_JJ
version_NN
of_IN
one_CD
of_IN
john_NP
irving_NP
's_POS
novels_NNS
is_BEZ
always_RB
cause_NN
for_IN
celebration_NN
even_RB
if_CS
,_,
as_CS
in_IN
the_DT
case_NN
of_IN
"_"
simon_NP
birch_NN
,_,
"_"
the_DT
treatment_NN
is_BEZ
merely_RB
"_"
suggested_VBN
by_IN
,_,
"_"
rather_RB
than_CS
strictly_RB
based_VBN
on_IN
,_,
the_DT
book_NN
._.
suggested_VBN
means_NN
that_CS
irving_NP
,_,
author_NN
of_IN
the_DT
acclaimed_JJ
"_"
the_DT
world_NN
according_VBG
to_IN
garp_???
,_,
"_"
sold_VBD
the_DT
rights_NNS
to_IN
his_PP$
novel_NN
"_"
a_DT
prayer_NN
for_IN
owen_NP
meany_NN
"_"
to_IN
the_DT
disney_NP
machine_NN
for_IN
$_???
1_CD
million_NN
,_,
but_CC
wouldn't_MD
grant_VB
them_PP
permission_NN
to_IN
use_NN
either_RB
the_DT
title_NN
or_CC
any_DT
of_IN
the_DT
character_NN
names_NNS
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
an_DT
odd_JJ
decision--irving_NN
claims_NNS
it_PP
's_BEZ
to_IN
protect_VB
both_RB
himself_NN
and_CC
the_DT
novel--but_???
it_NN
's_HVZ
one_CD
that_RB
doesn't_DOZ
unduly_RB
harm_VB
the_DT
finished_JJ
product_NN
._.
irving_NP
's_POS
books_NNS
are_BER
rich_JJ
and_CC
complex_JJ
works_NN
,_,
full_JJ
of_IN
intriguing_JJ
,_,
colorful_JJ
characters_NNS
._.
"_"
a_DT
prayer_NN
for_IN
owen_NP
meany_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
no_DT
exception_NN
;_;
it_PP
tells_VBZ
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
an_DT
unusual_JJ
boy--called_JJ
simon_NP
birch_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
version--who_???
is_BEZ
uncommonly_JJ
small_JJ
in_IN
stature_NN
and_CC
possesses_VBZ
a_DT
high-pitched_JJ
falsetto_NN
voice_NN
,_,
"_"
like_IN
strangled_JJ
mice_NNS
._.
"_"
simon_NP
believes_VBZ
himself_PPX
to_IN
be_BE
"_"
god_NN
's_POS
instrument_NN
,_,
"_"
placed_VBD
on_IN
this_DT
earth_NN
to_IN
somehow_RB
effect_NN
god_NP
's_POS
plan_NN
._.
simon_NP
is_BEZ
played_VBN
by_IN
ian_NP
michael_NP
smith_NP
,_,
who_WP
suffers_VBZ
from_IN
a_DT
rare_JJ
enzyme_NN
disorder_NN
known_VBN
as_IN
morquio_???
syndrome_NN
which_WDT
,_,
among_IN
other_JJ
things_NNS
,_,
prevents_VBZ
bones_NNS
,_,
ligaments_NNS
,_,
and_CC
joints_NNS
from_IN
developing_JJ
normally_RB
._.
smith_NP
's_POS
debilitating_JJ
disease_NN
makes_VBZ
him_PP
an_DT
obvious_JJ
physical_JJ
choice_NN
for_IN
"_"
simon_NP
birch_NN
"_"
;_;
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
producers_NNS
unwisely_RB
favored_VBN
form_NN
over_IN
function--smith_NP
's_POS
acting_JJ
abilities_NNS
are_BER
limited_JJ
at_IN
best_JJS
._.
another_DT
drawback_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
in_IN
the_DT
book_NN
,_,
simon_NP
's_POS
condition_NN
is_BEZ
described_VBN
the_DT
way_NN
irving_NP
describes_VBZ
any_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
characters--in_???
careful_JJ
,_,
loving_JJ
detail_NN
._.
watching_VBG
"_"
simon_NP
birch_NN
,_,
"_"
however_RB
,_,
creates_VBZ
a_DT
different_JJ
feeling_NN
altogether_RB
;_;
the_DT
audience_NN
is_BEZ
forced_VBN
into_IN
a_DT
voyeuristic_JJ
relationship_NN
with_IN
the_DT
character_NN
,_,
surely_RB
something_PN
irving_NP
would_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
intended_VBN
._.
simon_NP
himself_PPX
tends_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
too_RB
cute_JJ
and_CC
irritating_JJ
,_,
a_DT
combination_NN
of_IN
smith_NP
's_POS
rookie_NN
status_NN
as_IN
an_DT
actor_NN
and_CC
the_DT
precocious_JJ
one-liners_NNS
he_PP
's_BEZ
forced_VBN
to_IN
deliver_VB
,_,
courtesy_NN
mark_NP
steven_NP
johnson_NP
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
director_NN
and_CC
screenwriter_NN
._.
fortunately_RB
,_,
simon_NP
birch_NN
isn't_BEZ
the_DT
real_JJ
star_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
that_CS
bears_NNS
his_PP$
name_NN
._.
simon_NP
is_BEZ
more_DT
of_IN
a_DT
catalyst_NN
,_,
allowing_VBG
his_PP$
co-stars_NNS
to_IN
shape_NN
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
actors_NNS
who_WP
fill_VB
those_DT
roles_NNS
to_IN
turn_NN
in_IN
outstanding_JJ
supporting_JJ
performances_NNS
,_,
saving_NN
the_DT
film_NN
from_IN
an_DT
obsequious_JJ
,_,
manipulative_JJ
destiny_NN
._.
first_OD
and_VB
foremost_JJS
is_BEZ
joseph_NP
mazzello_NP
(_(
"_"
jurassic_JJ
park_NN
"_"
)_)
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
less_RBR
than_CS
remarkable_JJ
as_IN
simon_NP
's_POS
best_JJS
friend_NN
,_,
joe_NP
._.
mazzello_NP
turns_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
wonderfully_RB
layered_JJ
performance_NN
for_IN
a_DT
14_CD
year_NN
old_JJ
,_,
ripe_JJ
with_IN
laughter_NN
,_,
pain_NN
,_,
and_CC
tears_NNS
;_;
he_PP
is_BEZ
certainly_RB
an_DT
emerging_JJ
talent_NN
._.
ashley_NP
judd_???
positively_RB
beams_NNS
in_IN
her_PP$
role_NN
as_IN
rebecca_NP
,_,
joe_NP
's_POS
single_JJ
mother_NN
,_,
and_CC
oliver_NP
platt_NP
is_BEZ
warm_JJ
and_CC
tender_JJ
as_IN
her_PP$
boyfriend_NN
,_,
ben_NP
._.
david_NP
strathairn_???
and_CC
jan_NP
hooks_NNS
play_VB
the_DT
town_NN
's_POS
reverend_NN
and_CC
sunday_NP
school_NN
teacher_NN
respectively_RB
and_CC
their_PP$
contributions_NNS
uphold_VB
the_DT
high_JJ
standards_NNS
set_VB
by_IN
the_DT
others_NNS
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
even_RB
a_DT
surprising_JJ
yet_RB
effective_JJ
uncredited_VBN
cameo_???
performance_NN
from_IN
._.
._.
._.
well_NN
,_,
that_CS
would_MD
be_BE
telling_VBG
._.
perhaps_RB
"_"
suggested_VBN
by_IN
"_"
the_DT
novel_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
appropriate_JJ
way_NN
to_IN
go_VB
after_IN
all_PDT
,_,
since_CS
"_"
simon_NP
birch_NN
"_"
only_RB
focuses_VBZ
on_IN
one_CD
chapter_NN
,_,
one_CD
year_NN
,_,
of_IN
simon_NP
's_POS
extraordinary_JJ
life_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
also_RB
changes_NNS
the_DT
book_NN
's_POS
ending_NN
to_IN
one_CD
that_CS
is_BEZ
more_DT
melodramatic_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
necessary_JJ
given_VBN
simon_NP
's_POS
lot_NN
._.
the_DT
flavor_NN
of_IN
irving_NP
's_POS
original_JJ
novel_NN
remains_VBZ
,_,
however--the_VB
passions_NNS
,_,
friendships_NNS
,_,
and_CC
insecurities_NNS
that_CS
come_VB
with_IN
a_DT
change_NN
of_IN
seasons_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
little_JJ
community_NN
of_IN
gravestown_JJ
,_,
maine_NP
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
engaging_JJ
oddballs_NNS
,_,
both_RB
big_JJ
and_CC
small_JJ
,_,
who_WP
reside_VB
there_RB
._.