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The Words (2012)

September. 07,2012
| Drama Thriller

The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words.


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Excellent but underrated film


Best movie ever!


The film makes a home in your brain and the only cure is to see it again.


A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.


Cheesy. Lukewarm acting. Amateur script. Painful to watch and not even sure why we wasted the time to finish it. Metacritic score and reviews were spot on.


The WordsOne would assume that a tale that depicts multiple authors with parallel plotline that goes deep into a narration within a narration, would wind up with making some sense or point, one is wrong. The writers may have an idea to begin with but that is not what gets you on the other side of the road and in here there are way too many ups and downs with a congested traffic where there is no room of art or craft. The feature is poorly executed with not a single lose thread to offer to the audience for them to hold on to this overlong journey. Unfortunately, the performance is dull too, which comes as a bit of a shock considering the cast it contains like Bradley Cooper, Denis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde. The Words is an expired slow pill with a character driven tone that has to offer a wafer thin script, which pretty much tells you why it never reaches its destination.


The Words is a storytelling drama based within the reality of storytelling within a story. It has received below to average reviews, and was a box office underachievement. Through the film, it appears to goes nowhere other than to take a left turn from disappointment into total mess in the final thirty minutes which are weighed down with false drama and ambiguous character motivations that I just wanted someone to get hit by a truck. The Words takes a few turns and becomes somewhat uninteresting once The old man appears. The film turns into another story and becomes tiresome when he gets into his "story".What we realize is the basic of the plot which is Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) whom is a successful author that is reading passages from his latest novel to a rapt audience that includes Daniella (Olivia Wilde). The story he tells is that of Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) and his wife Dora (Zoe Saldana). Rory wants to be a writer. Further into the story, Rory faces rejection from publishers, dismissal by his father (J.K. Simmons), and begins to think that he may have to give up on his dream. As Rory whines, walks out of dinners, and generally bemoans the fact that he may not watch his dreams comes true, he stumbles upon a manuscript in a French briefcase and his life is forever changed. The stories within that case are mesmerizing. And Rory decides to take them as his own. Then their original author (Jeremy Irons) shows up. Their appears to be theories suggesting the Old man was not real, and that Clay (Dennis Quaid) simply made up the story of the Old man in his novel (as the plagiarism plot) to have something more to write. The film may be confusing at times, but it still isn't too good. Though this films, are for a specific audience.


Loved the movie. It is very deep and thoroughly engaging. Loved every minute of it. The 3 layers of the movie are beautifully presented. It is definitely a very neat story with excellent screen play. I definitely did not expect the end. The suspense has been woven in very well. I also really liked the message that the story tells, in the words on the old man, when he reflects on the reasons for his pain in life.Amazing performance by all the actors.Surprised the movie was rated bad on rotten tomatoes. Guess, critiques' judgments are not always right. The movie definitely deserves an 8 or more.