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when_CS
i_PP
first_OD
saw_VBD
the_DT
previews_NNS
for_IN
ron_NP
howard_NP
's_POS
latest_JJS
film_NN
,_,
my_PP$
expectations_NNS
were_BED
discouragingly_RB
low_JJ
._.
a_DT
show_NN
about_IN
nothing_PN
?_?
sounds_NNS
like_IN
"_"
seinfeld_NP
._.
"_"
a_DT
guy_NN
whose_WP$
entire_JJ
life_NN
is_BEZ
broadcast_VBN
24_CD
hours_NNS
a_DT
day_NN
?_?
sounds_NNS
like_IN
"_"
the_DT
truman_NP
show_NN
._.
"_"
what_WDT
is_BEZ
it_PP
with_IN
hollywood_NP
that_CS
no_DT
sooner_RBR
than_CS
one_CD
production_NN
company_NN
puts_VBZ
out_RP
an_DT
animated_JJ
feature_NN
about_IN
ants_NNS
,_,
another_DT
puts_VBZ
one_CD
out_RP
about_IN
bugs_NNS
?_?
which_WDT
is_BEZ
why_WRB
i_PP
was_BEDZ
pleasantly_RB
surprised_JJ
by_IN
"_"
edtv_???
,_,
"_"
which_WDT
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
fresh_JJ
,_,
insightful_JJ
,_,
and_CC
often_RB
times_NNS
hilarious_JJ
film_NN
about_IN
the_DT
follies_NNS
of_IN
instant_NN
celebrity_NN
._.
the_DT
writing_NN
,_,
by_IN
howard_NP
's_POS
longtime_JJ
collaborators_NNS
lowell_NP
ganz_???
and_CC
babaloo_NP
mandel_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
right_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
money_NN
and_CC
howard_NP
himself_PPX
should_MD
be_BE
credited_VBN
for_IN
giving_VBG
the_DT
subject_NN
matter_NN
a_DT
fresh_JJ
focus_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
hands_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
less-experienced_JJ
director_NN
,_,
"_"
edtv_???
"_"
could_MD
easily_RB
have_HV
had_HVN
all_PDT
the_DT
flavor_NN
of_IN
yesterday_RB
's_POS
meatloaf_???
._.
with_IN
their_PP$
'true_VB
tv_NN
'_"
cable_NN
ratings_NNS
being_BEG
threatened_VBN
by_IN
'the_???
gardening_NN
channel_NN
'_"
(_(
apparently_RB
people_NN
would_MD
rather_RB
watch_VB
soil_NN
)_)
,_,
the_DT
northwest_NN
broadcasting_NN
company_NN
is_BEZ
looking_VBG
for_IN
a_DT
novel_NN
concept_NN
to_IN
attract_VB
viewers_NNS
._.
program_NN
director_NN
cynthia_NN
topping_NN
(_(
ellen_NP
degeneres_NNS
)_)
comes_VBZ
up_RP
with_IN
the_DT
idea_NN
of_IN
putting_VBG
a_DT
nobody_PN
on_IN
the_DT
air_NN
and_CC
broadcasting_NN
his_PP$
every_DT
waking_NN
and_CC
sleeping_NN
moment_NN
._.
the_DT
hook_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
find_VB
a_DT
regular_JJ
guy_NN
,_,
someone_PN
normal_JJ
that_RB
people_NN
can_MD
relate_VB
to_IN
._.
while_CS
scouting_VBG
possible_JJ
candidates_NNS
,_,
cynthia_NN
's_POS
camera_NN
crew_NN
discover_VB
ed_NN
pekurny_???
and_CC
his_PP$
pig_NN
brother_NN
ray_NP
(_(
woody_NP
harrelson_NN
)_)
in_IN
a_DT
bar_NN
,_,
where_CS
ray_NP
believes_VBZ
he_PP
has_HVZ
what_WDT
it_NN
takes_VBZ
for_IN
his_PP$
fifteen_CD
plus_IN
minutes_NNS
of_IN
fame_NN
._.
but_CC
on_IN
watching_VBG
the_DT
videotape_NN
,_,
the_DT
show_NN
's_POS
producers_NNS
are_BER
more_DT
taken_VBN
with_IN
ed_NN
than_CS
with_IN
ray_NP
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
cute_JJ
,_,
he_PP
says_VBZ
all_PDT
the_DT
wrong_JJ
things_NNS
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
100_CD
%_NN
usda_???
hick_NP
._.
cynthia_NN
's_POS
boss_NN
,_,
played_VBD
by_IN
rob_NP
reiner_NN
,_,
gives_VBZ
the_DT
show_NN
a_DT
week_NN
to_IN
deliver_VB
the_DT
goods_NNS
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
tough_JJ
going_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
early_JJ
stages_NNS
._.
the_DT
most_DT
exciting_JJ
thing_NN
that_CS
happens_VBZ
is_BEZ
ed_NN
brushes_NNS
his_PP$
teeth_NNS
._.
"_"
action_NN
shot_NN
!_!
"_"
wags_???
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
production_NN
assistants_NNS
when_CS
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
pop_NN
tarts_NNS
jump_VB
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
toaster_NN
._.
you_PP
get_VB
the_DT
idea_NN
._.
but_CC
soon_RB
enough_RB
,_,
things--nielsen-boosting_VBG
kinds_NNS
of_IN
things--start_NP
to_IN
happen_VB
to_IN
this_DT
unassuming_JJ
san_NP
francisco_NP
video_NN
store_NN
clerk_NN
and_CC
the_DT
'true_VB
tv_NN
'_"
cameras_NNS
are_BER
right_JJ
there_RB
to_TO
document_VB
it_PP
._.
ed_NN
's_POS
privacy_NN
is_BEZ
no_DT
longer_JJR
his_PP$
own_DT
,_,
his_PP$
newfound_NN
fame_NN
starts_VBZ
having_HVG
a_DT
negative_JJ
impact_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
family_NN
life_NN
,_,
and_CC
what_WDT
little_JJ
dignity_NN
he_PP
has_HVZ
left_VBN
is_BEZ
trampled_JJ
on_IN
by_IN
the_DT
media_NN
._.
who_WP
should_MD
ed_NN
go_VB
out_RP
with_IN
?_?
you_PP
can_MD
be_BE
sure_JJ
the_DT
pollsters_NNS
have_HV
a_DT
list_NN
._.
not_XNOT
only_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
film_NN
exceedingly_RB
well_RB
cast_VBN
,_,
but_CC
its_PP$
performers_NNS
are_BER
consistently_RB
excellent_JJ
._.
matthew_NP
mcconaughey_NP
provides_VBZ
the_DT
face_NN
,_,
the_DT
body_NN
language_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
lovable_JJ
texan_???
accent_NN
to_IN
fill_NN
the_DT
shoes_NNS
of_IN
america_NP
's_POS
latest_JJS
phenomenon_NN
._.
he_PP
and_CC
harrelson_NP
look_VB
like_IN
they_PP
really_RB
could_MD
be_BE
brothers_NNS
._.
sally_NP
kirkland_NP
is_BEZ
noteworthy_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
difficult_JJ
role_NN
as_IN
ed_NN
's_POS
mother_NN
,_,
and_CC
martin_NP
landau_NP
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
highlights_NNS
as_IN
al_NP
,_,
ed_NP
's_POS
ailing_JJ
stepfather_NN
._.
jenna_NP
elfman_NN
(_(
from_IN
tv_NN
's_POS
"_"
dharma_NN
and_CC
greg_NP
"_"
)_)
proves_VBZ
herself_PPX
surprisingly_RB
worthy_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
company_NN
of_IN
kirkland_NP
and_CC
landau_NP
,_,
although_CS
those_DT
alpine_JJ
eyebrows_NNS
of_IN
hers_PP$
get_VB
a_NN
little_JJ
distracting_VBG
._.
even_RB
degeneres_NNS
and_CC
reiner_NN
are_BER
better_RBR
than_CS
you'd_???
expect_VB
._.
in_IN
1979_CD
,_,
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
/_SYM
comedian_JJ
albert_NP
brooks_NP
made_VBD
a_DT
zany_JJ
little_JJ
film_NN
called_VBN
"_"
real_JJ
life_NN
"_"
in_IN
which_WDT
a_DT
small-time_NN
opportunist_NN
makes_VBZ
a_DT
real-time_JJ
documentary_NN
about_IN
a_DT
typical_JJ
american_JJ
family_NN
._.
the_DT
scenes_NNS
of_IN
ed_NN
's_POS
family_NN
sitting_VBG
around_IN
the_DT
dinner_NN
table_NN
feasting_VBG
on_IN
kentucky_NP
fried_JJ
chicken_NN
and_CC
waxing_VBG
idiotic_JJ
play_NN
like_IN
a_DT
big-budget_NN
variant_NN
on_IN
that_DT
film_NN
,_,
paralleling_VBG
its_PP$
wickedly_JJ
inventive_JJ
humor_NN
._.
as_CS
with_IN
most_DT
films_NNS
by_IN
albert_NP
brooks_NP
,_,
"_"
real_JJ
life_NN
"_"
was_BEDZ
funny_JJ
,_,
but_CC
absurd_JJ
._.
the_DT
funniest--and_NN
scariest--thing_VBG
about_IN
"_"
edtv_???
"_"
is_BEZ
that_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
absolutely_RB
believable_JJ
._.