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the_DT
relaxed_JJ
dude_???
rides_VBZ
a_NN
roller_NN
coaster_NN
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
a_DT
film_NN
review_NN
by_IN
michael_NP
redman_NP
copyright_NN
1998_CD
by_IN
michael_NP
redman_NP
the_DT
most_DT
surreal_NN
situations_NNS
are_BER
ordinary_JJ
everyday_JJ
life_NN
as_IN
viewed_VBN
by_IN
an_DT
outsider_NN
._.
when_CS
those_DT
observers_NNS
are_BER
joel_???
and_CC
ethan_NP
coen_???
,_,
the_DT
surreal_NN
becomes_VBZ
bizarre_JJ
._.
when_CS
the_DT
life_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
of_IN
jeff_NP
"_"
the_DT
dude_???
"_"
leboswki_???
,_,
the_DT
bizarre_JJ
falls_NNS
over_IN
the_DT
edge_NN
into_IN
the_DT
world_NN
of_IN
"_"
what'sgoingonaroundhere_NN
"_"
._.
the_DT
marvelous_JJ
sound_NN
of_IN
"_"
the_DT
stranger_NN
"_"
(_(
sam_NP
elliot_NP
)_)
's_BEZ
voice-over_RB
introduces_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
._.
at_IN
least_DT
it_PP
does_DOZ
until_IN
he_PP
forgets_VBZ
what_WDT
he_PP
was_BEDZ
going_VBG
to_IN
say_NN
and_CC
gives_VBZ
up_RP
._.
the_DT
dude_???
(_(
jeff_NP
bridges_NNS
)_)
is_BEZ
described_VBN
as_IN
the_DT
"_"
laziest_NN
man_NN
in_IN
los_NP
angeles_NP
,_,
possibly_RB
the_DT
world_NN
"_"
,_,
although_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
so_RB
much_DT
slothful_JJ
as_IN
he_PP
is_BEZ
relaxed_JJ
._.
spending_NN
the_DT
last_OD
30_CD
years_NNS
with_IN
a_DT
roach_NN
clip_NN
in_IN
one_CD
hand_NN
and_CC
a_DT
white_JJ
russian_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
,_,
he_PP
doesn't_DOZ
have_HV
much_DT
of_IN
a_DT
life_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
having_HVG
a_DT
good_JJ
time_NN
._.
when_CS
asked_VBN
what_WDT
he_PP
does_DOZ
for_IN
fun_JJ
,_,
he_PP
responds_VBZ
"_"
bowl_NN
,_,
drive_NN
around_IN
and_CC
the_DT
occasional_JJ
acid_NN
flashback_NN
"_"
._.
lebowski_NP
's_POS
passion_NN
is_BEZ
bowling_NN
._.
when_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
rolling_JJ
the_DT
ball_NN
down_IN
an_DT
alley_NN
towards_IN
a_DT
strike_NN
,_,
things_NNS
just_RB
happen_VB
to_IN
him_PP
._.
arriving_VBG
home_NN
one_CD
night_NN
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
beaten_VBN
by_IN
thugs_NNS
attempting_VBG
to_IN
collect_VB
money_NN
that_CS
his_PP$
wife_NN
owes_VBZ
them_PP
._.
even_RB
worse_JJR
,_,
they_PP
urinate_VB
on_IN
his_PP$
rug_NN
._.
the_DT
problem_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
the_DT
dude_???
doesn't_DOZ
have_HV
a_DT
wife_NN
._.
his_PP$
assailants_NNS
realize_VB
that_CS
their_PP$
target_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
different_JJ
lebowski_NP
when_CS
they_PP
glance_VB
around_IN
at_IN
his_PP$
apartment_NN
._.
the_DT
"_"
big_JJ
"_"
lebowski_NP
(_(
david_NP
huddleston_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
multi-millionaire_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
dudeness_NN
lives_NNS
in_IN
two-room_NN
squalor_NN
._.
the_DT
next_OD
day_NN
,_,
our_PP$
ragtag_NP
hero_NN
visits_NNS
his_PP$
namesake_NN
's_POS
mansion_NN
attempting_VBG
compensation_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
soaked_JJ
rug_NN
._.
the_DT
carpet_NN
is_BEZ
important_JJ
to_TO
him_PP
because_CS
it_PP
pulls_VBZ
the_DT
room_NN
together_RB
:_:
not_XNOT
surprisingly_RB
since_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
virtually_RB
the_DT
only_RB
object_NN
there_RB
._.
when_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
denied_VBN
any_DT
money_NN
,_,
he_PP
picks_VBZ
up_RP
a_DT
replacement_NN
rug_NN
off_IN
the_DT
floor_NN
._.
on_IN
his_PP$
way_NN
out_RP
,_,
he_PP
runs_VBZ
into_IN
lebowski_NP
's_POS
trophy_NN
babe_NN
wife_NN
bunny_NN
(_(
tara_NP
reid_NP
)_)
who_WP
offers_NNS
to_TO
perform_VB
a_DT
sexual_JJ
act_NN
that_CS
,_,
according_VBG
to_IN
rumor_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
bill_NN
clinton_NP
's_POS
favorites_NNS
for_IN
a_DT
thousand_NN
bucks_NP
._.
the_DT
penniless_NN
dude_???
wisecracks_NN
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
heading_NN
for_IN
the_DT
cash_NN
machine_NN
._.
later_RBR
he_PP
gets_VBZ
an_DT
unexpected_JJ
phone_NN
call_NN
enlisting_VBG
his_PP$
aid_NN
in_IN
being_BEG
the_DT
bag_NN
man_NN
to_IN
deliver_VB
a_NP
ransom_NN
to_IN
bunny_NN
's_POS
kidnappers_NNS
._.
this_DT
begins_VBZ
the_DT
trademarked_JJ
coen_???
brothers_NNS
crimes-gone-wrong_VB
sequences_NNS
._.
the_DT
kidnappers_NNS
are_BER
impossibly_RB
inept_JJ
._.
the_DT
dude_???
and_CC
his_PP$
cronies_NNS
are_BER
even_RB
worse_JJR
._.
every_DT
plan_NN
goes_VBZ
awry_RB
._.
you_PP
can_MD
almost_RB
see_VB
lebowski_NP
's_POS
brain_NN
churning_NN
in_IN
slow_JJ
motion_NN
as_IN
he_PP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
figure_NN
out_RP
the_DT
clues_NNS
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
but_CC
to_IN
tell_VB
the_DT
truth_NN
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
much_DT
matter_NN
._.
there_EX
could_MD
be_BE
almost_RB
any_DT
plot_NN
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
would_MD
be_BE
just_RB
as_CS
entertaining_JJ
._.
the_DT
narrative_NN
only_RB
exists_VBZ
so_RB
we_PP
can_MD
watch_VB
the_DT
offbeat_NN
characters_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
quirky_JJ
predicaments_NNS
they_PP
fall_VB
into_IN
._.
the_DT
dude_???
's_BEZ
bowling_NN
buddies_NNS
walter_NP
(_(
john_NP
goodman_NN
)_)
and_CC
donny_NP
(_(
steve_NP
buscemi_NP
)_)
look_VB
like_IN
people_NN
you'd_???
see_NN
on_IN
the_DT
street_NN
but_CC
,_,
like_IN
everything_PN
else_RB
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
they're_???
not_XNOT
quite_RB
what_WDT
they_PP
seem_VB
._.
walter_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
vet_NN
as_IN
stuck_JJ
in_IN
vietnam_NP
as_IN
the_DT
dude_???
is_BEZ
in_CD
the_DT
sixties_CD
._.
everything_PN
that_CS
happens_VBZ
reminds_VBZ
him_PP
of_IN
a_DT
situation_NN
in_IN
the_DT
nam_NP
._.
when_CS
a_DT
fellow_NN
bowler_NN
crosses_NNS
the_DT
foul_JJ
line_NN
but_CC
won't_MD
admit_VB
it_PP
,_,
walter_NP
pulls_VBZ
a_DT
gun_NN
on_IN
him_PP
until_CS
he_PP
marks_VBZ
a_DT
zero_NN
on_IN
the_DT
score_NN
sheet_NN
._.
donny_NP
gets_VBZ
precious_JJ
few_DT
words_NNS
in_IN
between_IN
walter_NP
's_POS
screaming_NN
and_CC
the_DT
dude_???
's_BEZ
rambling_NN
._.
when_CS
he_PP
does_DOZ
,_,
walter_NP
shouts_VBZ
him_PP
down_RP
with_IN
horrendous_JJ
albeit_CS
seemingly_RB
unintentional_JJ
bowling_NN
puns_???
._.
donny_JJ
is_BEZ
"_"
out_RP
of_IN
his_PP$
league_NN
"_"
and_CC
doesn't_DOZ
"_"
have_HV
a_DT
frame_NN
of_IN
reference_NN
"_"
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
peppered_VBN
with_IN
people_NN
for_IN
whom_WP
the_DT
term_NN
"_"
character_NN
"_"
would_MD
be_BE
an_DT
understatement_NN
._.
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
's_POS
daughter_NN
maude_NN
,_,
an_DT
avant-garde_NP
"_"
vaginal_JJ
"_"
artist_NN
,_,
paints_NNS
while_CS
swinging_JJ
naked_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
leather_NN
apparatus_NN
like_IN
an_DT
s_NN
&_???
m_NN
mary_NP
martin_NP
._.
the_DT
kidnappers_NNS
are_BER
german_JJ
techno_???
nihilist_JJ
bikers_NNS
._.
bunny_NN
lebowski_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
high_JJ
school_NN
cheerleader_NN
turned_VBD
porno_???
star_JJ
._.
most_DT
impressive_JJ
is_BEZ
john_NP
turturro_NP
in_IN
his_PP$
far_JJ
too_RB
small_JJ
role_NN
as_IN
a_DT
hispanic_JJ
bowler_NN
._.
as_CS
the_DT
flamenco_NP
music_NN
swells_NNS
,_,
we_PP
see_VB
him_PP
putting_VBG
on_IN
his_PP$
lavender_NN
hose_NN
._.
the_DT
camera_NN
pans_NNS
up_RP
to_IN
an_DT
all-purple_NN
skin-tight_NN
bowling_NN
outfit_NN
with_IN
"_"
jesus_NP
"_"
(_(
pronounced_JJ
with_IN
a_DT
"_"
j_NN
"_"
,_,
not_XNOT
an_DT
"_"
h_NN
"_"
)_)
embroidered_VBD
on_IN
the_DT
pocket_NN
._.
he_PP
addresses_VBZ
the_DT
lane_NN
with_IN
intense_JJ
seriousness_NN
and_CC
one_CD
painted_JJ
fingernail_NN
._.
his_PP$
tongue_NN
slowly_RB
snakes_VBZ
out_RP
and_CC
lovingly_RB
licks_VBZ
the_DT
glowing_JJ
bowling_NN
ball_NN
._.
bridges_NNS
works_NN
the_DT
dude_???
as_IN
if_NN
he_PP
had_HVD
been_BEN
living_VBG
him_PP
for_IN
decades_NNS
and_CC
maybe_RB
he_PP
has_HVZ
._.
i_CD
can't_MD
think_VB
of_IN
anyone_PN
else_RB
who_WP
could_MD
have_HV
done_DON
a_DT
better_NN
job_NN
._.
buscemi_NP
has_HVZ
a_DT
limited_JJ
role_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
plays_VBZ
it_PP
perfectly_RB
._.
the_DT
more_DT
that_CS
i_PP
see_VB
john_NP
goodman_NN
the_DT
more_DT
convinced_JJ
i_PP
am_BEM
that_DT
he_PP
's_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
treasures_NNS
of_IN
our_PP$
time_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
odd_JJ
to_TO
think_VB
that_DT
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
world_NN
knows_VBZ
him_PP
only_RB
as_CS
roseanne_NP
barr_NP
's_POS
television_NN
husband_NN
._.
more_DT
like_IN
the_DT
coen_???
's_BEZ
"_"
raising_VBG
arizona_NP
"_"
than_CS
their_PP$
hit_NN
"_"
fargo_NN
"_"
,_,
"_"
the_DT
big_JJ
lebowski_NP
"_"
demands_NNS
an_DT
open_JJ
mind_NN
and_CC
even_RB
more_DT
open_JJ
eyes_NNS
._.
a_DT
mark_NN
of_IN
the_DT
coen_???
brothers_NNS
is_BEZ
that_CS
even_RB
with_IN
all_PDT
wonderful_JJ
dream_NN
sequences_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
broad_JJ
slapstick_NN
physical_JJ
comedy_NN
on_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
,_,
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
humor_NN
is_BEZ
subtle_JJ
and_CC
easy_JJ
to_IN
miss_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
so_RB
much_DT
going_VBG
on_IN
that_DT
frequently_RB
it_PP
disappears_VBZ
before_IN
you_PP
can_MD
see_VB
it_PP
._.
walking_NN
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
theater_NN
,_,
i_PP
felt_VBD
that_CS
the_DT
film_NN
had_HVD
something_PN
important_JJ
to_IN
say_NN
._.
on_IN
further_JJR
examination_NN
,_,
i_PP
wasn't_BEDZ
sure_JJ
exactly_RB
what_WDT
it_PP
was_BEDZ
._.
"_"
if_CS
you_PP
meet_VB
jesus_NP
at_IN
the_DT
bowling_NN
alley_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
going_VBG
to_TO
be_BE
what_WDT
you_PP
expect_VB
"_"
?_?
"_"
when_CS
the_DT
going_VBG
gets_VBZ
weird_JJ
,_,
the_DT
weird_JJ
go_VB
bowling_NN
"_"
?_?
maybe_RB
there_EX
's_BEZ
no_DT
real_JJ
message_NN
._.
perhaps_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
just_RB
a_DT
roller_NN
coaster_NN
ride_NN
through_IN
a_DT
hilarious_JJ
world_NN
._.
maybe_RB
that_CS
's_BEZ
enough_RB
._.
(_)
michael_NP
redman_NP
has_HVZ
written_VBN
this_DT
column_NN
for_IN
23_CD
years_NNS
and_CC
just_RB
realized_VBD
that_DT
he_PP
was_BEDZ
so_RB
taken_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
dude_???
that_RB
he_PP
ran_VBD
out_RP
of_IN
space_NN
to_IN
talk_NN
about_IN
"_"
the_DT
man_NN
in_IN
the_DT
iron_NN
mask_NN
"_"
starring_NN
that_CS
favorite_JJ
of_IN
14-year-old_NN
girls_NNS
of_IN
all_PDT
ages_NNS
._.
redman@bvoice_NN
._.
com_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
eaddress_NN
for_IN
estuff_NN
._.
)_)