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if_CS
there_EX
is_BEZ
one_CD
thing_NN
that_CS
bothers_VBZ
me_PP
about_IN
hollywood_NP
films_NNS
it_PP
's_BEZ
their_PP$
predictable_JJ
endings_NNS
._.
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
has_HVZ
the_DT
atypical_JJ
hollywood_NP
ending_NN
,_,
when_CS
everything_PN
that_CS
should_MD
happen_VB
does_DOZ
._.
unfortunately_RB
for_IN
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
,_,
this_DT
ending_NN
nearly_RB
collapses_NNS
in_IN
on_IN
itself_PPX
,_,
and_CC
ruins_NNS
the_DT
entire_JJ
film_NN
._.
nevertheless_RB
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
does_DOZ
provide_VB
two_CD
and_CC
a_DT
half_NN
hours_NNS
of_IN
pure_JJ
entertainment_NN
(_(
note_NN
to_IN
self_NN
:_:
kill_VB
whomever_WP
was_BEDZ
in_IN
charge_NN
of_IN
the_DT
previews_NNS
for_IN
this_DT
film_NN
)_)
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
think_VB
i_PP
was_BEDZ
quite_RB
prepared_VBN
for_IN
this_DT
movie_NN
because_CS
the_DT
trailers_NNS
made_VBN
it_PP
appear_VB
to_TO
be_BE
some_DT
supernatural_JJ
horror_NN
film_NN
about_IN
satan_NP
._.
well_RB
,_,
it_PP
does_DOZ
contain_VB
this_DT
element_NN
,_,
but_CC
what_WDT
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
mentioned_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
ads_???
is_BEZ
the_DT
other_JJ
plot_NN
elements_NNS
(_(
and_CC
seemingly_RB
more_DT
interesting_JJ
ones_NNS
at_IN
that_DT
)_)
._.
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
begins_VBZ
in_IN
florida_NP
with_IN
an_DT
ongoing_JJ
trial_NN
in_IN
session_NN
._.
kevin_NP
lomax_NN
(_(
keanu_???
reeves_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
the_DT
defense_NN
attorney_NN
,_,
working_VBG
for_IN
a_DT
client_NN
whom_WP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
accused_VBN
of_IN
raping_VBG
a_DT
young_JJ
girl_NN
._.
he_PP
ends_VBZ
up_RP
with_IN
a_DT
not-guilty_NN
verdict_NN
,_,
despite_IN
an_DT
emotional_JJ
testimony_NN
from_IN
the_DT
victim_NN
(_(
heather_NP
matarazzo_NP
)_)
._.
he_PP
leaves_VBZ
the_DT
courthouse_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
lovely_JJ
wife_NN
mary_NP
ann_NP
(_(
charlize_NP
theron_NN
)_)
where_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
approached_VBN
with_IN
an_DT
offer_NN
to_IN
travel_NN
to_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
city_NN
to_IN
help_NN
choose_VB
a_DT
good_JJ
jury_NN
._.
he_PP
accepts_VBZ
(_(
mainly_RB
after_IN
seeing_VBG
the_DT
paycheck_NP
he_PP
will_MD
receive_VB
)_)
and_CC
he_PP
flies_VBZ
to_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
with_IN
his_PP$
wife_NN
._.
after_IN
proving_VBG
his_PP$
worth_NN
for_IN
selecting_VBG
juries_NNS
(_(
and_CC
his_PP$
perfect_JJ
winning_JJ
streak_NN
in_IN
court_NN
)_)
,_,
the_DT
head_NN
of_IN
the_DT
firm_NN
,_,
john_NP
milton_NP
(_(
al_NP
pacino_NP
)_)
,_,
asks_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
work_VB
permanently_RB
as_IN
a_DT
criminal_JJ
lawyer_NN
._.
he_PP
graciously_RB
accepts_VBZ
,_,
where_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
treated_VBN
almost_RB
as_IN
a_DT
god_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
given_VBN
an_DT
incredible_JJ
apartment_NN
(_(
which_WDT
is_BEZ
bigger_JJR
than_CS
my_PP$
entire_JJ
house_NN
now_RB
)_)
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
hefty_JJ
paycheck_NN
._.
his_PP$
life_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
on_IN
the_DT
rise_NN
._.
and_CC
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
his_PP$
life_NN
suddenly_RB
begins_VBZ
to_IN
waver_VB
and_CC
slowly_RB
decline_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
attracted_VBN
to_IN
fellow_NN
employee_NN
christabella_NN
(_(
connie_NP
nielson_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
wife_NN
begins_VBZ
to_IN
feel_NN
very_RB
lonely_JJ
in_IN
her_PP$
large_JJ
apartment_NN
._.
mary_NP
ann_NP
takes_VBZ
up_RP
a_DT
friendship_NN
with_IN
a_DT
neighbor_NP
who_WP
always_RB
gives_VBZ
advice_NN
,_,
especially_RB
if_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
wanted_VBN
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
kevin_NP
nabs_???
a_NN
case_NN
surrounding_JJ
alexander_NP
cullen_NP
(_(
craig_NP
t_NN
._.
nelson_NP
)_(
who_WP
apparently_RB
murdered_VBD
three_CD
people_NN
._.
he_PP
spends_VBZ
hours_NNS
upon_IN
hours_NNS
with_IN
this_DT
case_NN
,_,
while_CS
forgetting_VBG
his_PP$
loving_JJ
wife_NN
,_,
who_WP
may_MD
or_CC
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
going_VBG
insane_JJ
._.
all_PDT
of_IN
this_DT
while_NN
john_NP
milton_NP
may_MD
or_CC
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
the_DT
devil_NN
himself_PPX
._.
after_IN
a_DT
while_NN
,_,
things_NNS
turn_VB
completely_RB
upside-down_JJ
,_,
as_CS
kevin_NP
's_POS
wife_NN
claims_NNS
to_IN
have_HV
seen_VBN
monstrous_JJ
images_NNS
superimposed_JJ
on_IN
her_PP$
friends_NNS
._.
a_DT
fellow_NN
employee_NN
is_BEZ
murdered_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
park_NN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
mother_NN
(_(
judith_NP
ivey_???
)_(
reveals_VBZ
information_NN
about_IN
kevin_NP
's_POS
real_JJ
father_NN
._.
is_BEZ
it_PP
all_PDT
just_RB
a_DT
big_JJ
nightmare_NN
?_?
or_CC
is_BEZ
john_NP
milton_NP
really_RB
satan_NP
,_,
playing_VBG
tricks_NNS
with_IN
kevin_NP
's_POS
life_NN
?_?
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
plays_VBZ
out_RP
fairly_RB
straight-forward_JJ
,_,
but_CC
for_IN
some_DT
odd_JJ
reason_NN
,_,
the_DT
screenwriters_NNS
wanted_VBD
to_TO
surprise_VB
everyone_PN
by_IN
giving_VBG
us_PP
something_PN
we_PP
don't_DO
expect_VB
._.
is_BEZ
this_DT
surprise_NN
conclusion_NN
supposed_JJ
to_IN
make_NN
us_NP
feel_VB
good_JJ
and_CC
go_VB
home_NN
without_IN
feeling_NN
depressed_JJ
or_CC
disturbed_JJ
?_?
if_CS
so_RB
,_,
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
messes_NNS
up_RP
completely_RB
,_,
and_CC
ironically_RB
,_,
i_PP
felt_VBD
more_DT
depressed_JJ
because_CS
of_IN
the_DT
ending_NN
as_IN
is_BEZ
now_RB
,_,
than_CS
i_PP
would_MD
have_HV
if_NN
it_NN
had_HVD
ended_VBN
ten_CD
minutes_NNS
early_JJ
._.
i_PP
went_VBD
into_IN
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
expecting_VBG
a_DT
shocking_JJ
horror_NN
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
is_BEZ
exactly_RB
what_WDT
i_PP
got_VBD
._.
i_PP
was_BEDZ
settled_VBN
in_IN
to_IN
be_BE
disturbed_JJ
mentally_RB
and_CC
emotionally_RB
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
is_BEZ
what_WDT
i_PP
got_VBD
._.
but_CC
what_WDT
was_BEDZ
the_DT
most_DT
disturbing_JJ
and_CC
horrible_JJ
aspect_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
poor_JJ
ending_NN
(_(
did_DOD
i_CD
mention_NN
that_CS
i_PP
didn't_DOD
like_IN
the_DT
ending_NN
?_?
)_)
._.
the_DT
producers_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
take_VB
you_PP
on_IN
a_DT
thrilling_JJ
roller_NN
coaster_NN
ride_NN
and_CC
just_RB
as_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
ending_VBG
,_,
they_PP
pull_VB
the_DT
rug_NN
out_RP
from_IN
under_IN
you_PP
._.
films_NNS
like_IN
se7en_???
and_CC
the_DT
usual_JJ
suspects_NNS
can_MD
survive_VB
with_IN
this_DT
surprise_NN
ending_NN
because_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
expected_VBN
,_,
more_DT
or_CC
less_RBR
._.
we_PP
know_VB
it_PP
is_BEZ
going_VBG
to_TO
end_VB
in_IN
an_DT
unpredictable_JJ
way_NN
._.
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
ends_NNS
unpredictably_RB
,_,
not_XNOT
from_IN
us_PP
knowing_VBG
a_DT
lot_NN
,_,
but_CC
knowing_VBG
nothing_PN
at_IN
all_PDT
._.
if_CS
that_DT
is_BEZ
confusing_JJ
,_,
i_PP
recommend_VB
watching_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
reading_VBG
that_DT
again_RB
._.
as_CS
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
overall_JJ
,_,
i_PP
enjoyed_VBD
the_DT
entire_JJ
first_OD
two_CD
hours_NNS
,_,
being_BEG
drawn_VBN
in_IN
by_IN
a_DT
terrific_JJ
character_NN
study_NN
and_CC
then_RB
adding_VBG
the_DT
supernatural_JJ
plot_NN
to_IN
increase_NN
the_DT
tension_NN
build_VB
from_IN
the_DT
character_NN
study_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
runs_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
well-built_JJ
clock_NN
,_,
slowly_RB
building_NN
until_CS
finally_RB
exploding_VBG
with_IN
a_DT
highly_RB
charged_VBN
climax_NN
(_(
and_CC
an_DT
unpredictable_JJ
one_CD
at_IN
that_DT
)_)
._.
and_CC
then_RB
you_PP
settle_VB
in_IN
for_IN
a_DT
nice_JJ
resolution_NN
,_,
which_WDT
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
occur_VB
._.
it_PP
was_BEDZ
at_IN
this_DT
point_NN
that_CS
i_PP
felt_VBD
cheated_VBN
._.
taking_VBG
us_PP
on_IN
a_DT
terror_NN
ride_NN
of_IN
intrigue_NN
,_,
we_PP
follow_VB
kevin_NP
lomax_NN
around_IN
,_,
as_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
centerpiece_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
everything_PN
occurs_VBZ
from_IN
his_PP$
perspective_NN
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
our_PP$
representation_NN
on_IN
screen_NN
(_(
sort_NN
of_IN
)_)
._.
but_CC
we_PP
are_BER
forced_VBN
to_IN
witness_NN
a_DT
conclusion_NN
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
seem_VB
like_IN
a_DT
game_NN
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
want_VB
to_IN
spoil_NN
the_DT
ending_NN
,_,
so_RB
all_PDT
i_PP
can_MD
say_VB
is_BEZ
go_NN
see_VB
the_DT
film_NN
and_CC
decide_VB
for_IN
yourself_PPX
._.
perhaps_RB
the_DT
most_DT
shocking_JJ
thing_NN
about_IN
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
extreme_JJ
amount_NN
of_IN
everything_PN
._.
it_PP
earned_VBD
its_PP$
r_NN
rating_NN
for_IN
a_DT
reason_NN
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
plenty_PN
of_IN
nudity_NN
,_,
sex_NN
,_,
violence_NN
,_,
gore_NP
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
you_PP
have_HV
gore_NP
,_,
violence_NN
,_,
sex_NN
,_,
and_CC
more_DT
nudity_NN
._.
this_DT
film_NN
really_RB
isn't_BEZ
subtle_JJ
about_IN
anything_PN
,_,
showing_VBG
us_PP
everything_PN
._.
it_PP
actually_RB
surprises_NNS
me_PP
that_RB
this_DT
film_NN
did_DOD
not_XNOT
receive_VB
an_DT
nc-17_???
rating_NN
,_,
as_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
quite_RB
harsh_JJ
._.
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
does_DOZ
have_HV
its_PP$
merits_NNS
,_,
and_CC
nudity_NN
and_CC
sex_NN
are_BER
among_IN
those_DT
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
condone_VB
sex_NN
and_CC
nudity_NN
in_IN
films_NNS
,_,
but_CC
if_CS
its_PP$
there_RB
,_,
i_PP
might_MD
as_RB
well_RB
enjoy_VB
it_PP
._.
the_DT
biggest_JJS
merit_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
the_DT
most_DT
interesting_JJ
to_IN
watch_NN
._.
the_DT
confrontations_NNS
between_IN
kevin_NP
lomax_NN
and_CC
john_NP
milton_NP
are_BER
entertaining_JJ
,_,
but_CC
what_WDT
stands_VBZ
out_RP
amidst_IN
this_DT
extreme_JJ
hatred_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
decline_NN
of_IN
the_DT
wife_NN
,_,
mary_NP
ann_NP
._.
portrayed_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
extremely_RB
effective_JJ
charlize_JJ
theron_NN
,_,
mary_NP
ann_NP
's_POS
problems_NNS
are_BER
incredibly_RB
intense_JJ
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
found_VBD
myself_PPX
wanting_VBG
to_IN
witness_NN
her_PP
decline_VB
._.
this_DT
may_MD
sound_VB
uncaring_JJ
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
wanted_VBD
to_IN
watch_NN
because_CS
i_PP
felt_VBD
sorry_JJ
for_IN
her_PP$
._.
she_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
interesting_JJ
character_NN
on_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
forced_VBN
into_IN
a_DT
world_NN
where_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
wanted_VBN
._.
something_PN
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
contained_VBD
actually_RB
shocked_JJ
me_PP
for_IN
reasons_NNS
other_JJ
than_CS
extreme_JJ
violence_NN
and_CC
nudity_NN
,_,
especially_RB
for_IN
a_DT
film_NN
of_IN
this_DT
nature_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
actually_RB
has_HVZ
something_PN
to_TO
say_VB
about_IN
humanity_NN
._.
in_IN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
last_OD
scenes_NNS
,_,
john_NP
milton_NP
explains_VBZ
to_IN
kevin_NP
lomax_NN
the_DT
game_NN
god_NN
plays_VBZ
with_IN
his_PP$
children_NNS
(_(
he_PP
is_BEZ
satan_JJ
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
)_)
._.
he_PP
comments_NNS
that_RB
it_PP
is_BEZ
human_JJ
nature_NN
to_IN
lust_NN
and_CC
loathe_VB
in_IN
vanity_NN
._.
then_RB
,_,
god_NP
sets_NNS
up_RP
rules_NNS
which_WDT
contradict_VB
human_JJ
nature_NN
._.
this_DT
semi-religious_JJ
bashing_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
humorous_JJ
than_CS
frightening_JJ
._.
what_WDT
milton_NP
says_VBZ
is_BEZ
so_RB
true_JJ
about_IN
our_PP$
society_NN
that_CS
i_PP
found_VBD
myself_PPX
laughing_VBG
out_RP
loud_JJ
,_,
partially_RB
thinking_VBG
it_PP
was_BEDZ
funny_JJ
,_,
but_CC
patially_RB
realizing_VBG
it_PP
was_BEDZ
true_JJ
._.
these_DT
moral_JJ
dilemmas_NNS
are_BER
present_JJ
throughout_IN
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
,_,
giving_VBG
it_PP
an_DT
added_JJ
depth_NN
many_DT
films_NNS
skip_NN
over_IN
in_IN
their_PP$
writing_NN
(_(
but_CC
i'm_???
sure_JJ
they_PP
came_VBD
straight_RB
from_IN
the_DT
novel_NN
it_PP
was_BEDZ
based_VBN
on_IN
)_)
._.
when_CS
a_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
something_PN
to_TO
say_VB
about_IN
our_PP$
society_NN
,_,
it_PP
deserves_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
watched_VBD
._.
the_DT
cast_NN
of_IN
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
highlights_NNS
,_,
as_CS
we_PP
see_VB
memorable_JJ
faces_NNS
,_,
and_CC
they_PP
put_VB
spins_VBZ
on_IN
those_DT
memorable_JJ
faces_NNS
we_PP
don't_DO
expect_VB
._.
heather_NP
matarazzo_NP
makes_VBZ
a_DT
brief_JJ
appearance_NN
as_IN
the_DT
terrorized_JJ
victim_NN
in_IN
the_DT
opening_NN
court_NN
case_NN
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
does_DOZ
a_DT
great_JJ
job_NN
._.
probably_RB
the_DT
big_JJ
surprise_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
keanu_???
reeves_NP
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
proven_VBN
himself_PPX
an_DT
uneven_JJ
actor_NN
(_(
successes_NNS
such_DT
as_IN
speed_NN
and_CC
bombs_NNS
such_DT
as_IN
johnny_NP
mnemonic_JJ
)_)
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
tops_NNS
himself_NN
with_IN
this_DT
performance_NN
._.
i_PP
have_HV
never_RB
seen_VBN
him_PP
more_DT
believable_JJ
to_IN
date_NN
._.
al_NP
pacino_NP
is_BEZ
of_IN
course_NN
the_DT
scene_NN
stealer_NN
._.
his_PP$
devilish_JJ
performance_NN
is_BEZ
equal_JJ
to_TO
those_DT
of_IN
jack_NP
nicholson_NP
(_(
the_DT
witches_NNS
of_IN
eastwick_NP
)_)
and_CC
max_NP
von_NP
sydow_NN
(_(
needful_JJ
things_NNS
)_)
._.
he_PP
could_MD
have_HV
easily_RB
gone_VBN
too_RB
far_RB
over_IN
the_DT
top_NN
in_IN
many_DT
scenes_NNS
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
remains_VBZ
completely_RB
believable_JJ
(_(
if_CS
that_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
correct_JJ
term_NN
)_)
._.
jeffrey_NP
jones_NP
(_(
mostly_RB
known_VBN
as_IN
the_DT
principal_JJ
in_IN
ferris_NP
bueller_NP
's_POS
day_NN
off_IN
)_)
also_RB
gives_VBZ
a_DT
good_JJ
performance_NN
as_IN
eddie_NP
barzoon_NN
._.
judith_NP
ivey_???
manages_VBZ
a_NN
credible_JJ
performance_NN
as_IN
the_DT
mother_NN
who_WP
holds_VBZ
a_DT
secret_JJ
to_IN
kevin_NP
's_POS
past_NN
._.
connie_NP
nielson_NP
is_BEZ
very_RB
effective_JJ
in_IN
her_PP$
role_NN
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
also_RB
appears_VBZ
naked_JJ
several_DT
times_NNS
._.
one_CD
familiar_JJ
face_NN
with_IN
a_DT
twist_NN
was_BEDZ
"_"
coach_NN
"_"
star_NN
,_,
craig_NP
t_NN
._.
nelson_NP
,_,
who_WP
gives_VBZ
a_DT
very_RB
good_JJ
performance_NN
._.
the_DT
devil_NN
's_POS
advocate_NN
is_BEZ
rated_VBN
r_NN
for_IN
sexuality_NN
,_,
nudity_NN
,_,
violence_NN
,_,
language_NN
,_,
and_CC
some_DT
gore_NP
._.
at_IN
144_CD
minutes_NNS
,_,
this_DT
film_NN
moves_VBZ
along_IN
fairly_RB
quickly_RB
._.
for_IN
the_DT
first_OD
two_CD
hours_NNS
,_,
i_PP
sat_VBD
completely_RB
engaged_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
good_JJ
performances_NNS
and_CC
strong_JJ
characters_NNS
._.
the_DT
technical_JJ
quality_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
remarkable_JJ
,_,
with_IN
great_JJ
special_JJ
effects_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
good_JJ
musical_JJ
score_NN
._.
director_NN
taylor_NP
hackford_NP
has_HVZ
managed_VBN
to_IN
create_VB
a_NP
very_RB
disturbing_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
,_,
only_RB
to_IN
ruin_NN
a_DT
good_JJ
chunk_NN
of_IN
tension_NN
with_IN
the_DT
final_JJ
fifteen_CD
minutes_NNS
._.
i_PP
guess_VB
my_PP$
biggest_JJS
problem_NN
with_IN
the_DT
ending_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
i_PP
went_VBD
into_IN
the_DT
theater_NN
expecting_VBG
a_DT
disturbing_JJ
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
hackford_NP
gave_VBD
me_PP
just_RB
that_CS
for_IN
a_DT
long_JJ
time_NN
._.
but_CC
just_RB
before_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
he_PP
got_VBD
jitterish_JJ
and_CC
relied_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
hollywood_NP
safety_NN
net_NN
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
make_VB
his_PP$
film_NN
more_DT
mainstream_JJ
._.
personally_RB
,_,
i_PP
would_MD
have_HV
preferred_VBN
it_PP
ending_VBG
fifteen_CD
minutes_NNS
early_JJ
._.
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