• The Words (2012)

The Words

Release Date: September 7th, 2012

DVD Release Date: December 24th, 2012

PG-13 |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

When shallow wannabe-writer Rory (Bradley Cooper) finds an old manuscript tucked away in a bag, he decides to pass the work off as his own. The book, called "The Window Tears," brings Rory great acclaim, until the real author (Jeremy Irons) shows up and threatens to destroy Rory's reputation. Cut to Clayton Hammond (Dennis Quaid), a writer whose popular novel "The Words" seems to mirror Rory's story, leading to speculation that the tome is Hammond's thinly veiled autobiography.

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Nora Arnezeder, J.K. Simmons, Michael McKean

Director: Brian Klugman , Lee Sternthal

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Also Known As Pictures

Distributors: CBS Films

Keywords: 2010s, Brooding, Temptation, New York City, Wife

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune

    It's more or less a grown-up picture, and not bad at that, though its muted and patient style has both its merits and its drawbacks. Still, as I say: not bad. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Amazingly, though, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, cowriters and codirectors of The Words, have the audacity - and the skill sets - to pull this all off. They wrest emotional truth out of hokum. They also wrest intelligent, nuanced performances from their cast. show more

  • 60
    Ella TaylorNPR

    The Words founders on a spurious dichotomy between love and art. Which is a pity, because the movie is smart and persuasive on the casually incremental way in which plagiarism becomes an option for people like Rory - and perhaps for anyone. show more

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