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directed_VBN
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written_VBN
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albert_NP
brooks_NP
._.
lost_VBN
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america_NP
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defending_NN
your_PP$
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two_CD
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my_PP$
favorite_JJ
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his_PP$
humor_NN
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of_IN
a_DT
kind_NN
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not_XNOT
very_RB
prevalent_JJ
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movies_NNS
today_RB
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inundated_VBN
as_IN
we_PP
are_BER
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films_NNS
which_WDT
revel_VB
in_IN
their_PP$
aim_NN
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the_DT
lowest_JJS
common_JJ
denominator_NN
._.
you_PP
will_MD
rarely_RB
see_VB
any_DT
slapstick_NN
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an_DT
albert_NP
brooks_NP
film_NN
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while_CS
the_DT
dialog_NN
will_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
as_IN
oppressive_JJ
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in_IN
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
independent_JJ
"_"
talk_NN
films_NNS
"_"
which_WDT
are_BER
finding_VBG
their_PP$
way_NN
into_IN
theaters_NNS
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the_DT
situations_NNS
in_IN
which_WDT
his_PP$
characters_NNS
find_VB
themselves_PPX
are_BER
ones_NNS
we_PP
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often_RB
identify_VB
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,_,
but_CC
even_RB
if_CS
we_PP
can't_MD
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brooks_NP
has_HVZ
the_DT
talent_NN
to_IN
make_VB
them_PP
comfortable_JJ
,_,
and_CC
therefore_RB
we_PP
laugh_VB
._.
teenagers_NNS
and_CC
jim_NP
carrey_NP
fans_NNS
probably_RB
won't_MD
find_VB
an_DT
albert_NP
brooks_NP
movie_NN
very_RB
funny_JJ
,_,
but_CC
people_NN
who_WP
look_VB
for_IN
more_DT
than_CS
what_WDT
we_PP
could_MD
find_VB
on_IN
television_NN
probably_RB
will_MD
._.
put_VB
simply_RB
,_,
brooks_NP
'_"
comedy_NN
is_BEZ
intelligent_JJ
._.
mother_NN
is_BEZ
albert_NP
brooks_NP
'_"
latest_JJS
film_NN
,_,
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it_PP
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
disappoint_VB
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brooks_NP
plays_VBZ
john_NP
henderson_NP
,_,
a_DT
middle-aged_JJ
science_NN
fiction_NN
writer_NN
just_RB
coming_VBG
off_RP
his_PP$
second_NN
divorce_NN
._.
he_PP
makes_VBZ
an_DT
attempt_NN
at_IN
dating_VBG
,_,
but_CC
fails_VBZ
miserably_RB
._.
he_PP
then_RB
has_HVZ
dinner_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
brother_NN
jeff_NP
(_(
rob_NP
morrow_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
successful_JJ
sports_NNS
agent_NN
who_WP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
live_JJ
the_DT
ideal_JJ
life_NN
._.
jeff_NP
has_HVZ
a_DT
good_JJ
job_NN
,_,
a_DT
loving_JJ
family_NN
,_,
and_CC
most_DT
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all_PDT
,_,
a_DT
warm_JJ
relationship_NN
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their_PP$
mother_NN
beatrice_NP
(_(
debbie_NP
reynolds_NP
)_)
._.
after_IN
dinner_NN
,_,
john_NP
witnesses_NNS
a_DT
telephone_NN
conversation_NN
between_IN
jeff_NP
and_CC
beatrice_NP
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
at_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
amazed_JJ
and_CC
sickened_JJ
by_IN
how_WRB
hunky-dory_NN
the_DT
dialog_NN
is_BEZ
._.
in_IN
comparison_NN
,_,
beatrice_NP
always_RB
hints_VBZ
at_IN
a_DT
fault_NN
in_IN
john_NP
and_CC
his_PP$
career_NN
every_DT
time_NN
she_PP
talks_NNS
with_IN
him_PP
,_,
and_CC
john_NP
gives_VBZ
it_PP
right_JJ
back_NN
to_IN
her_PP$
._.
at_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
one_CD
of_IN
their_PP$
conversations_NNS
where_CS
beatrice_NP
has_HVZ
just_RB
picked_VBN
apart_RB
john_NP
's_POS
life_NN
,_,
she_PP
says_VBZ
,_,
"_"
i_PP
love_VB
you_PP
,_,
"_"
and_CC
john_NP
replies_NNS
with_IN
,_,
"_"
i_PP
know_VB
you_PP
think_VB
you_PP
do_DO
._.
"_"
the_DT
thing_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
beatrice_NP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
overt_JJ
with_IN
her_PP$
criticisms_NNS
,_,
but_CC
instead_RB
gives_VBZ
them_PP
in_IN
that_DT
mothering_NN
way_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
tantamount_JJ
to_TO
nit-picking_NN
and_VB
guilt_NN
loading_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
kind_NN
that_CS
goes_VBZ
something_PN
like_IN
,_,
"_"
yes_UH
,_,
dear_UH
,_,
i_PP
think_VB
you_PP
do_DO
that_CS
wonderfully_RB
,_,
but_CC
._.
._.
._.
._.
"_"
it_PP
seems_VBZ
as_CS
though_CS
nothing_PN
he_PP
does_DOZ
makes_VBZ
her_PP$
happy_JJ
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
always_RB
the_DT
big_JJ
but_CC
._.
john_NP
believes_VBZ
that_CS
his_PP$
mother_NN
is_BEZ
somehow_RB
connected_VBN
to_IN
his_PP$
failed_JJ
relationships_NNS
with_IN
women_NNS
,_,
either_RB
because_CS
of_IN
his_PP$
flawed_JJ
self-esteem_NN
caused_VBN
by_IN
his_PP$
need_NN
for_IN
validation_NP
,_,
or_CC
perhaps_RB
because_CS
he_PP
tends_VBZ
to_IN
unconsciously_RB
seek_VB
out_RP
women_NNS
who_NP
remind_VB
him_PP
of_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
in_IN
an_DT
oedipal_JJ
manner_NN
._.
he_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
conclusion_NN
that_CS
since_CS
his_PP$
problems_NNS
are_BER
rooted_VBN
in_IN
his_PP$
boyhood_NN
home_NN
,_,
he_PP
should_MD
move_VB
back_RP
in_IN
with_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
for_IN
a_DT
while_NN
just_RB
to_IN
see_NN
what_WDT
kinds_NNS
of_IN
feelings_NNS
come_VB
out_RP
,_,
and_CC
by_IN
that_DT
be_BE
able_JJ
to_TO
sort_VB
out_RP
why_WRB
his_PP$
life_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
way_NN
it_PP
is_BEZ
._.
"_"
a_DT
great_JJ
experiment_NN
"_"
,_,
he_PP
calls_VBZ
it_PP
._.
brooks_NP
'_"
own_DT
brand_NN
of_IN
humor_NN
really_RB
shines_VBZ
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
especially_RB
in_IN
the_DT
interaction_NN
john_NP
has_HVZ
with_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
scene_NN
where_CS
john_NP
has_HVZ
just_RB
arrived_VBN
at_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
's_POS
house_NN
,_,
and_CC
after_IN
having_HVG
driven_VBN
from_IN
los_NP
angeles_NP
to_IN
sausalito_NP
,_,
and_CC
having_HVG
explained_VBN
to_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
about_IN
the_DT
"_"
great_JJ
experiment_NN
"_"
,_,
beatrice_NP
asks_VBZ
,_,
"_"
now_RB
explain_VB
to_IN
me_PP
again_RB
why_WRB
you_PP
don't_DO
want_VB
to_IN
stay_NN
at_IN
a_DT
hotel_NN
._.
"_"
she_PP
still_RB
doesn't_DOZ
get_VB
it_PP
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
absolutely_RB
hilarious_JJ
._.
in_IN
the_DT
same_DT
scene_NN
,_,
we_PP
get_VB
little_DT
glances_NNS
at_IN
the_DT
life_NN
his_PP$
mother_NN
leads_VBZ
when_CS
she_PP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
feed_NN
him_PP
food_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
no_DT
longer_JJR
fresh_JJ
._.
she_PP
apparently_RB
buys_VBZ
in_IN
great_JJ
quantities_NNS
and_CC
refrigerates_NNS
it_PP
until_CS
the_DT
lettuce_NN
is_BEZ
wilted_VBN
and_CC
the_DT
sherbet_NN
is_BEZ
iced_JJ
over_IN
._.
when_CS
john_NP
points_NNS
out_RP
the_DT
ice_NN
on_IN
the_DT
sherbet_NN
,_,
beatrice_NP
tells_VBZ
him_PP
not_XNOT
to_TO
worry_VB
about_IN
the_DT
protective_JJ
glaze_NN
._.
"_"
you've_???
named_JJ
the_DT
ice_NN
?_?
"_"
asks_VBZ
john_NP
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
also_RB
surprised_JJ
at_IN
the_DT
variety_NN
of_IN
items_NNS
beatrice_NP
keeps_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
refrigerator_NN
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
a_DT
twenty-pound_NN
block_NN
of_IN
cheese_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
freezer_NN
was_BEDZ
a_DT
good_JJ
invention_NN
,_,
"_"
says_VBZ
john_NP
,_,
"_"
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
supposed_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
used_VBN
for_IN
everything_PN
._.
that_DT
's_BEZ
why_WRB
it_PP
's_BEZ
smaller_JJR
than_CS
the_DT
refrigerator_NN
._.
"_"
it_PP
's_BEZ
something_PN
most_DT
of_IN
us_PP
find_VB
strangely_RB
familiar_JJ
._.
brooks_NP
is_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
master_NN
at_IN
employing_JJ
the_DT
non_JJ
sequitur_???
._.
for_CS
example_NN
,_,
in_IN
defending_VBG
your_PP$
life_NN
,_,
his_PP$
and_CC
meryl_NP
streep_NP
's_POS
characters_NNS
are_BER
in_IN
a_DT
comedy_NN
club_NN
having_HVG
a_DT
discussion_NN
._.
when_CS
they're_???
finished_JJ
and_CC
walk_VB
out_RP
,_,
brooks_NP
cuts_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
comic_NN
on_IN
stage_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
just_RB
at_IN
the_DT
point_NN
of_IN
delivering_VBG
his_PP$
punch_NN
line_NN
,_,
"_"
and_CC
so_RB
the_DT
moral_JJ
is_BEZ
,_,
if_CS
you_PP
have_HV
to_TO
fart_NN
,_,
go_VB
outside_IN
!_!
"_"
you_PP
don't_DO
know_VB
what_WDT
the_DT
joke_NN
was_BEDZ
because_CS
you_PP
couldn't_MD
hear_VB
him_PP
during_IN
the_DT
entire_JJ
scene_NN
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
must_MD
have_HV
laughed_VBN
for_IN
the_DT
next_OD
five_CD
minutes_NNS
,_,
it_PP
seemed_VBD
so_RB
out_RP
of_IN
context_NN
._.
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
brooks_NP
uses_VBZ
the_DT
same_DT
trick_NN
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
times_NNS
to_IN
open_JJ
or_CC
close_JJ
a_DT
scene_NN
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
want_VB
to_IN
give_VB
them_PP
away_RB
,_,
but_CC
suffice_VB
it_PP
to_IN
say_NN
they_PP
work_VB
just_RB
as_IN
well_RB
as_CS
they_PP
have_HV
in_IN
the_DT
past_NN
._.
john_NP
's_POS
purpose_NN
for_IN
staying_VBG
with_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
learn_VB
,_,
and_CC
we_PP
as_RB
the_DT
audience_NN
learn_VB
right_JJ
along_IN
with_IN
him_PP
._.
his_PP$
mother_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
the_DT
fascinating_JJ
type_NN
to_IN
begin_VB
with_IN
,_,
but_CC
as_CS
john_NP
spends_VBZ
more_DT
time_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
,_,
we_PP
learn_VB
things_NNS
about_IN
her_PP$
personality_NN
and_CC
her_PP$
lifestyle_NN
that_CS
give_VB
her_PP$
depth_NN
._.
watching_VBG
the_DT
character_NN
of_IN
beatrice_NP
unfold_VB
is_BEZ
every_DT
bit_NN
as_IN
enjoyable_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
humor_NN
that_CS
accompanies_VBZ
it_PP
each_DT
step_NN
of_IN
the_DT
way_NN
._.
on_IN
screen_NN
,_,
brooks_NP
does_DOZ
an_DT
excellent_JJ
job_NN
playing_VBG
this_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
character_NN
:_:
you_PP
get_VB
the_DT
feeling_NN
he_PP
often_RB
believes_VBZ
he_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
only_RB
sane_JJ
person_NN
in_IN
an_DT
insane_JJ
world_NN
._.
in_IN
a_DT
way_NN
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
very_RB
much_DT
like_IN
yosarian_JJ
of_IN
catch-22_NN
,_,
expect_VB
with_IN
something_PN
of_IN
an_DT
attitude_NN
._.
casting_NN
debbie_NP
reynolds_NP
as_IN
beatrice_NP
is_BEZ
perfect_JJ
._.
she_PP
assumes_VBZ
the_DT
part_NN
with_IN
ease_NN
,_,
even_RB
moving_VBG
and_CC
speaking_VBG
a_DT
little_JJ
slowly_RB
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
just_RB
so_RB
adorable_JJ
it_PP
's_BEZ
hard_JJ
to_TO
get_VB
mad_JJ
at_IN
her_PP$
character_NN
._.
this_DT
only_JJ
helps_VBZ
the_DT
audience_NN
to_IN
share_NN
the_DT
frustration_NN
john_NP
feels_VBZ
when_CS
dealing_VBG
with_IN
her_PP$
._.
as_CS
his_PP$
first_OD
choice_NN
,_,
brooks_NP
originally_RB
wanted_VBD
to_TO
lure_VB
nancy_NP
reagan_NP
out_RP
from_IN
her_PP$
acting_JJ
retirement_NN
to_IN
play_NN
beatrice_NP
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
former_DT
actress_NN
and_CC
first_OD
lady_NN
could_MD
not_XNOT
leave_VB
her_PP$
husband_NN
,_,
who_WP
was_BEDZ
beginning_VBG
to_IN
show_NN
symptoms_NNS
of_IN
alzheimer_NN
's_POS
disease_NN
._.
that_CS
may_MD
be_BE
just_RB
as_CS
well_RB
,_,
since_CS
reynolds_NP
lends_VBZ
a_DT
softness_NN
to_IN
the_DT
character_NN
which_WDT
enhances_VBZ
it_PP
immensely_RB
._.
rob_NP
morrow_NN
also_RB
does_DOZ
a_DT
good_JJ
job_NN
at_IN
playing_VBG
the_DT
younger_JJR
brother_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
always_RB
been_BEN
mother_NN
's_CD
favorite_IN
and_CC
,_,
for_IN
all_PDT
his_PP$
success_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
job_NN
and_CC
family_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
slowly_RB
exposed_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
mama_NN
's_POS
boy_NN
._.
the_DT
only_JJ
things_NNS
that_CS
hold_VB
this_DT
movie_NN
back_NN
from_IN
being_BEG
better_RBR
are_BER
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
plot_NN
holes_NNS
._.
a_DT
solid_JJ
connection_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
really_RB
made_VBN
between_IN
john_NP
's_POS
troubles_NNS
and_CC
his_PP$
reasons_NNS
for_IN
living_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
._.
additionally_RB
,_,
the_DT
end_NN
results_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
experiment_NN
do_DO
not_XNOT
necessarily_RB
jibe_???
with_IN
the_DT
stated_JJ
goals_NNS
,_,
and_CC
although_CS
this_DT
may_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
sloppy_JJ
screenwriting_NN
,_,
how_WRB
can_MD
you_PP
be_BE
mad_JJ
at_IN
the_DT
guy_NN
who_WP
also_RB
wrote_VBD
this_DT
?_?
:_:
beatrice_NP
:_:
you_PP
must_MD
think_VB
i'm_???
some_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
moron_NN
._.
john_NP
:_:
no_DT
,_,
i_PP
think_VB
your_PP$
someone_PN
who_NP
thinks_VBZ
i'm_???
a_DT
moron_NN
._.
beatrice_NP
:_:
well_RB
,_,
it_PP
takes_VBZ
one_CD
to_IN
know_VB
one_CD
._.