The Words

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Words
A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work.


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Jul 13, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I've seen this movie at least twice, and I still can't recall, after a few weeks, what the ending is. Some interesting points about plagiarism, but nothing major.

Mar 19, 2014

A beautifully layered story with a great twist at the end - loved it. The actors did a wonderful job, bravo!

Mar 09, 2014
  • lasertravis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Above average romantic drama. Different storyline than I expected. Kind of slow, but well acted and not your run of the mill plot or ending. Dark and brooding instead of inspiring.

Dec 05, 2013
  • JeanieG rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not that great. Seems like a case of the lead actor (Bradly Cooper) producing it to give himself an acting part - maybe because no one else wanted to. Flashbacks and little plot twists are not enough to save it; a "what does it all mean" ending is pretty weak. Jeremy Irons' talent is wasted in this made-for-TV? movie.

Nov 19, 2013
  • JEarl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a terrific movie! Cooper,Quaid and Irons are the perfect storm. Recommend this to anyone who loves a great story. Would watch this again in a heartbeat.

Oct 24, 2013
  • kevfarley rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had put off seeing this film, but I actually found it to be MUCH more interesting than the trailers led had me to expect.

Oct 20, 2013
  • scrubble4 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was engaging for about 2/3 of the movie. Then it became negative and silly in our opinion. I think however, that quite a few people will probably enjoy it.

One big plus is that it is an unusual story and initially very engaging.

Oct 18, 2013
  • e278 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

5) “The Words” spoke to me about mistakes, redemption, reality and perception. Quite a good cast, a well-written plot and always a question of where's reality? Were talents wasted, or missed? Were dreams too real, too enticing, too intermingled? Is life too harsh? The mistakes were horrendous and have devastating consequences, but the intents were inadvertent, perhaps character flaws, at most indecision at crucial times. “Life happened” says one character adamantly, in defense? What can, or do, we do about mistakes? Move on – of course, a certainty concept taught from childhood. Until you've made one and been caught inside the barrel going over Niagara Falls. “Whoops” (I was disturbed when my dentist let that slip out) or “I'm so sorry”, even with genuine regret, doesn't change repercussions. Maybe nothing does, then what? It changes you, and worst, it changes someone else. Does blame matter and when does it relent? As my great-aunt said “I can understand and forgive, but I won't be able to forget.”

Oct 10, 2013
  • ashleysears rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I didn't really like this movie. The only parts I did like were of the old man, and when he was younger - the rest could have been left out and I would have liked it a lot more. It took me 2 days to watch this, 30 minutes into it I fell asleep!

Oct 06, 2013
  • movie20 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked this film. Interesting storyline. I liked the story within a story concept as well and how it all came together. I wanted to see more of the story at the end though. I guess that is a good thing.

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May 23, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Other: Intense and mature subject matter

Feb 27, 2013
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: There is a death seen that makes you're hair stand up.

Feb 27, 2013
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Lots between Rory and Dorah but you see nothing.

Feb 27, 2013
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Not much but things get thrown around because of anger.

Feb 27, 2013
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: There are a few F*cks.


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Nov 12, 2014
  • ElainaL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

ElainaL thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

May 23, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

btmslt thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Feb 27, 2013
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dimmu16 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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Jul 01, 2013

Dimmu16, you're all wet with your choices.

Feb 27, 2013
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You must live with you're choices.


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Feb 27, 2013
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) is a struggling writer. He gets married to Dorah (Zoe Saldana) on their trip to Paris. Dorah buys him this nice leather bag. Later on Rory finds a manuscript. He re-writes the entire story. Then he is given the chance to Publish it. But in the time of the success Rory is soon met by a old man who tells him that it's his story. That it was his fall in love, loss, and ended up alone.

Then the story jumps to a book reading by Clay (Dennis Quaid) who is reading his new book 'The Words'. He meets Daniella (Olivia Wilde) who goes to his apartment. They talk about the ending.

Rory goes to see The Old man and
after a fight the Old man tells him that he has to live with his choices and that he didn't want a pay out or anything. (it is mentioned that the old man dies a few weeks later).
Rory never owns up to his lies.

Daniella is asks about the ending believing that it is not truly the end. Clay tells her to tell him how it should end. She says that Rory and Dorah's marriage falls apart and Clay is left alone in his success.

In the end they hint that Clay is Rory.

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