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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
._.
james_NP
toback_NN
's_POS
return_NN
to_IN
directing_VBG
after_IN
a_DT
eight-year_JJ
layoff_NN
,_,
two_CD
girls_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
guy_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
comprised_VBN
,_,
more_DT
or_CC
less_RBR
,_,
of_IN
just_RB
that_DT
:_:
one_CD
guy_NN
,_,
blake_NP
(_(
robert_NP
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
)_)
;_;
two_CD
girls_NNS
,_,
carla_???
(_)
heather_NN
graham_NP
)_)
and_CC
lou_NP
(_(
natasha_NP
gregson_NN
wagner_NP
)_)
;_;
one_CD
primary_JJ
setting_NN
(_(
blake_NP
's_POS
absurdly_JJ
spacious_JJ
bachelor_NN
apartment_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
of_IN
dialogue_NN
._.
embracing_VBG
a_DT
near_IN
real-time_JJ
approach_NN
,_,
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
highly_RB
theatrical_JJ
feature_NN
that_CS
completely_RB
hangs_VBZ
upon_IN
the_DT
performances_NNS
of_IN
its_PP$
three_CD
actors_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
quality_NN
of_IN
the_DT
dialogue_NN
written_VBN
by_IN
mr_NN
._.
toback_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
bantering_NN
characters_NNS
._.
fortunately_RB
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
cast_NN
is_BEZ
up_RP
to_TO
the_DT
challenge_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
wordy_NN
exchanges_NNS
between_IN
the_DT
triad_NN
of_IN
characters_NNS
,_,
while_CS
admittedly_RB
variable_NN
,_,
are_BER
occasionally_RB
wickedly_RB
amusing_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
setup_???
is_BEZ
fairly_RB
generic_JJ
in_IN
nature_NN
,_,
and_CC
opens_VBZ
rather_RB
unpromisingly_RB
._.
we_PP
meet_VB
self-possessed_JJ
blonde_JJ
carla_???
and_CC
feisty_NN
brunette_NN
lou_NP
,_,
both_RB
waiting_VBG
outside_IN
a_DT
soho_NP
loft_NN
._.
as_CS
they_PP
engage_VB
in_IN
idle_JJ
chatter_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
revealed_VBN
that_CS
they're_???
both_PDT
waiting_JJ
for_IN
their_PP$
respective_JJ
boyfriends_NNS
to_IN
return_NN
from_IN
the_DT
airport_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
take_VB
long_JJ
for_IN
them_PP
to_IN
come_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
realisation_NN
that_CS
they're_???
being_BEG
two-timed_JJ
by_IN
the_DT
same_DT
guy_NN
._.
more_DT
indignant_JJ
with_IN
him_PP
than_CS
catty_JJ
with_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
,_,
the_DT
duo_NN
break_NN
into_IN
blake_NP
's_POS
loft_NN
and_CC
await_VB
his_PP$
arrival_NN
for_IN
a_DT
confrontation_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
when_CS
blake_NP
returns_NNS
to_IN
his_PP$
abode_NN
where_CS
the_DT
film_NN
hits_VBZ
its_PP$
stride_NN
._.
played_VBN
with_IN
magnificent_JJ
bombast_NN
by_IN
mr_NN
._.
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
,_,
blake_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
cad_???
,_,
all_PDT
right_JJ
,_,
but_CC
a_DT
captivatingly_RB
dynamic_JJ
,_,
blusterous_JJ
,_,
and_CC
stealthy_JJ
piece_NN
of_IN
work_NN
that_CS
bursts_NNS
onto_IN
the_DT
scene_NN
and_CC
raises_VBZ
the_DT
stakes_NNS
to_IN
new_JJ
heights_NNS
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
fascinating_JJ
to_TO
watch_VB
this_DT
character_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
natural_JJ
habitat_NN
,_,
and_CC
perhaps_RB
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
best_JJS
choice_NN
was_BEDZ
to_TO
have_HV
his_PP$
two_CD
girlfriends_NNS
scamper_VB
off_RP
into_IN
hiding_VBG
upon_IN
his_PP$
return_NN
,_,
allowing_VBG
us_PP
to_IN
size_NN
up_RP
blake_NP
not_XNOT
with_IN
his_PP$
interactions_NNS
with_IN
others_NNS
,_,
but_CC
by_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
innate_JJ
behaviour_NN
._.
whether_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
flamboyantly_RB
behind_IN
his_PP$
piano_NN
in_IN
a_DT
rollicking_JJ
rendition_NN
of_IN
vivaldi_NP
,_,
or_CC
on_IN
the_DT
phone_NN
leaving_VBG
messages_NNS
to_IN
his_PP$
beloveds_NNS
(_(
carla_???
,_,
lou_NP
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
unseen_JJ
sickly_JJ
mother_NN
)_)
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
never_RB
less_DT
than_CS
wildly_RB
entertaining_JJ
and_CC
insightful_JJ
._.
though_CS
at_IN
this_DT
point_NN
i_PP
almost_RB
hoped_VBD
the_DT
film_NN
would_MD
transform_VB
into_IN
a_DT
one-man_NN
show_VB
--_???
a_DT
typical_JJ
afternoon_NN
in_IN
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
blake_NP
,_,
if_CS
you_PP
will_MD
--_???
carla_???
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
lou_NP
,_,
reveal_VB
themselves_PPX
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
sparks_NNS
begin_VB
to_IN
fly_NN
._.
(_)
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
touches_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
how_WRB
blake_NP
,_,
when_CS
startled_VBN
by_IN
carla_???
's_NNS
unannounced_JJ
appearance_NN
,_,
begins_VBZ
to_IN
both_PDT
verbally_RB
and_CC
physically_RB
backpedal_JJ
even_RB
before_IN
he_PP
realizes_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
cat_NN
's_POS
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
bag_NN
._.
)_)
double-teamed_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
understandably_RB
aggrieved_JJ
women_NNS
(_(
who_WP
are_BER
more_DT
smirkingly_RB
inquisitive_JJ
than_CS
ferociously_RB
vengeful_JJ
--_???
they_PP
want_VB
a_DT
justification_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
ongoing_JJ
hypocrisy_NN
)_)
,_,
an_DT
increasingly-flustered_JJ
blake_NP
weakly_RB
defends_VBZ
himself_PPX
with_IN
apologetic_JJ
and_CC
even_RB
self-righteous_JJ
declarations_NNS
against_IN
their_PP$
verbal_JJ
jabs_???
._.
surprisingly_RB
delightful_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
waltz_NN
of_IN
scathing_VBG
witty_JJ
banter_NN
shared_VBN
by_IN
its_PP$
trio_NN
of_IN
characters_NNS
,_,
two_CD
girls_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
guy_NN
concludes_VBZ
its_PP$
first_OD
sequence_NN
with_IN
an_DT
unexpected_JJ
apoplectic_JJ
act_NN
of_IN
such_DT
outrageous_JJ
audacity_NN
that_CS
it_PP
seemed_VBD
nothing_PN
was_BEDZ
off-limits_JJ
for_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
it'd_???
be_BE
unfeasible_JJ
to_TO
attempt_VB
to_IN
string_NN
along_IN
carla_???
and_CC
lou_NP
's_POS
outrage_NN
to_IN
full_JJ
feature-length_NN
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
as_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
gradually_RB
transforms_VBZ
into_IN
the_DT
sharing_NN
of_IN
exploratory_JJ
profundities_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
nature_NN
of_IN
fidelity_NN
and_CC
relationships_NNS
that_CS
it_PP
slowly_RB
but_CC
surely_RB
begins_VBZ
to_IN
unravel_VB
._.
the_DT
dialogue_NN
becomes_VBZ
less_DT
and_CC
less_RBR
engaging_JJ
and_CC
clever_JJ
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
tempo_NN
loses_VBZ
its_PP$
liveliness_NN
,_,
the_DT
dynamic_JJ
between_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
evolves_VBZ
in_IN
unconvincing_JJ
fashion_NN
,_,
and_CC
several_DT
sequences_NNS
fall_VB
flat_NN
._.
subtle_JJ
and_CC
not-quite-subtle_JJ
allusions_NNS
are_BER
made_VBN
(_(
a_DT
poster_NN
of_IN
jules_NNS
et_NP
jim_NP
hangs_VBZ
prominently_RB
on_IN
the_DT
wall_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
secrets_NNS
are_BER
revealed_VBN
which_WDT
barrel_NN
the_DT
film_NN
toward_IN
an_DT
uncompelling_NN
weepy_JJ
finale_NN
._.
one_CD
key_JJ
turning_NN
point_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
kinky_JJ
sex_NN
scene_NN
between_IN
blake_NP
and_CC
carla_???
._.
two_CD
girls_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
guy_NN
was_BEDZ
embroiled_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
bitter_JJ
,_,
long-running_JJ
dispute_NN
with_IN
the_DT
mpaa_???
with_IN
regards_NNS
to_IN
this_DT
scene_NN
--_???
contractually-obligated_VBD
to_IN
deliver_VB
an_DT
r-rated_JJ
film_NN
,_,
mr_NN
._.
toback_NN
was_BEDZ
forced_VBN
to_IN
resubmit_NN
fourteen_CD
scaled-down_JJ
versions_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
steamy_JJ
interlude_NN
before_IN
the_DT
mpaa_???
withdrew_VBD
their_PP$
nc-17_???
rating_NN
in_IN
favour_NN
of_IN
an_DT
r_NN
--_???
and_CC
while_NN
admittedly_RB
titillating_VBG
,_,
the_DT
net_JJ
effect_NN
of_IN
the_DT
vignette_NN
on_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
thematic_JJ
narrative_NN
is_BEZ
rather_RB
dubious_JJ
._.
if_CS
anything_PN
,_,
two_CD
girls_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
guy_NN
serves_VBZ
as_IN
a_DT
showcase_NN
for_IN
the_DT
phenomenal_JJ
talents_NNS
of_IN
mr_NN
._.
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
,_,
whose_WP$
versatility_NN
is_BEZ
put_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
test_NN
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
he_PP
plays_VBZ
the_DT
gamut_NN
from_IN
indignant_JJ
to_IN
humbled_VBN
,_,
from_IN
self-assured_JJ
to_IN
disconcerted_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
his_PP$
acting_JJ
gears_NNS
shift_VB
so_RB
smoothly_RB
as_CS
to_IN
not_XNOT
be_BE
registered_VBN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
wonderful_JJ
performance_NN
in_IN
a_DT
role_NN
custom-tailored_VBN
for_IN
him_PP
;_;
mr_NN
._.
toback_NN
wrote_VBD
the_DT
screenplay_NN
in_IN
four_CD
days_NNS
shortly_RB
after_IN
mr_NN
._.
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
was_BEDZ
arrested_VBN
on_IN
drug_NN
charges_NNS
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
hard_JJ
not_XNOT
to_TO
see_VB
echoes_NNS
of_IN
reality_NN
seeping_VBG
into_IN
his_PP$
character_NN
--_???
in_CD
a_NP
monologue_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
mirrored_VBD
reflection_NN
,_,
blake_NP
's_POS
self-chiding_NN
to_IN
"_"
get_VB
[_???
his_PP$
]_???
shit_NN
together_RB
"_"
is_BEZ
disquieting_JJ
in_IN
its_PP$
resonance_NN
._.
while_CS
mr_NN
._.
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
's_BEZ
showstopping_NN
performance_NN
is_BEZ
undoubtedly_RB
the_DT
primary_JJ
strength_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
both_RB
actresses_NNS
are_BER
solid_JJ
in_IN
more_DT
broadly-observed_VBD
roles_NNS
._.
ms_NN
._.
graham_NP
is_BEZ
quickly_RB
becoming_VBG
one_CD
of_IN
america_NP
's_POS
more_DT
daring_JJ
actresses_NNS
,_,
involving_VBG
herself_PPX
in_IN
three_CD
successive_JJ
risky_JJ
projects_NNS
--_???
two_CD
girls_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
guy_NN
and_CC
boogie_NN
nights_NNS
are_BER
both_RB
quite_RB
sexually_RB
frank_JJ
,_,
while_CS
lost_VBN
in_IN
space_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
screenplay_NN
penned_VBN
by_IN
akiva_NN
goldsman_NN
._.
she_PP
's_BEZ
quite_RB
appealing_JJ
here_RB
,_,
playing_VBG
a_DT
character_NN
at_IN
once_RB
both_RB
dainty_JJ
and_CC
sultry_NN
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
ms_NN
._.
gregson_NN
wagner_NP
initially_RB
portrays_VBZ
lou_NP
with_IN
such_DT
an_DT
unwarranted_JJ
spunk_VBN
that_DT
audiences_NNS
are_BER
likely_JJ
to_TO
find_VB
it_PP
either_RB
annoying_VBG
,_,
or_CC
,_,
like_IN
me_PP
,_,
endearing_JJ
._.
she_PP
tones_NNS
it_PP
down_NN
substantially_RB
as_IN
the_DT
film_NN
progresses_VBZ
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
found_VBD
her_PP$
more_DT
fun_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
as_IN
the_DT
artificially_RB
excitable_JJ
chatterbox_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
reportedly_RB
shot_VBN
in_IN
eleven_CD
days_NNS
,_,
filmed_VBN
mostly_RB
in_IN
sequence_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
resultant_JJ
artifacts_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
rapid_JJ
shoot_NN
are_BER
evident_JJ
throughout_IN
._.
two_CD
girls_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
guy_NN
has_HVZ
an_DT
agile_JJ
,_,
spontaneous_JJ
sort_NN
of_IN
feel_NN
,_,
and_CC
one_CD
senses_NNS
that_CS
mr_NN
._.
toback_NN
encouraged_VBN
a_DT
good_JJ
deal_NN
of_IN
improvisation_NN
from_IN
his_PP$
three_CD
actors_NNS
._.
while_CS
the_DT
film_NN
could_MD
be_BE
transposed_VBD
directly_RB
to_IN
the_DT
stage_NN
more_DT
or_CC
less_RBR
intact_JJ
,_,
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
feel_VB
constricted_JJ
;_;
the_DT
expansive_JJ
apartment_NN
setting_NN
is_BEZ
well-used_JJ
to_TO
vary_VB
the_DT
background_NN
,_,
and_CC
mr_NN
._.
toback_NN
allows_VBZ
his_PP$
camera_NN
to_IN
wander_VB
and_CC
linger_VB
on_IN
his_PP$
characters_NNS
in_IN
an_DT
effective_JJ
manner_NN
._.
two_CD
girls_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
guy_NN
falls_VBZ
short_JJ
of_IN
its_PP$
potential_NN
,_,
but_CC
thanks_NNS
to_IN
some_DT
stellar_JJ
work_NN
by_IN
mr_NN
._.
downey_NP
jr_JJ
._.
,_,
it_NN
's_POS
still_RB
often_RB
an_DT
enjoyable_JJ
,_,
bitingly_RB
funny_JJ
romp_???
,_,
particularly_RB
as_CS
we_PP
watch_VB
the_DT
surprisingly-resilient_NN
blake_NP
evasively_RB
try_VB
to_IN
rationalize_JJ
his_PP$
behaviour_NN
and_CC
even_RB
turn_VB
the_DT
tables_NNS
on_IN
his_PP$
girlfriends_NNS
._.
"_"
i'm_???
an_DT
actor_NN
,_,
"_"
he_PP
tells_VBZ
them_PP
at_IN
one_CD
point_NN
,_,
using_VBG
the_DT
ol_???
'_"
tried-and-tested_JJ
occupational-hazard_NN
defense_NN
._.
"_"
actors_NNS
lie_VB
._.
"_"
but_CC
not_XNOT
,_,
they_PP
all_PDT
seem_VB
to_TO
agree_VB
,_,
denzel_???
washington_NP
._.