The Words

The Words

DVD - 2012
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Struggling writer Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) rockets to fame after passing off a brilliant found manuscript as his own, but experiences an acute crisis of conscience after his stint in the spotlight changes him in ways he never expected.

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akirakato
Jan 11, 2018

Written and directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, this mystery-and-love-story drama delves into the anatomy and psychology of the mixture of lie and truth and explores the life based on the lie.
The structure of a story within a story seems quite intersting.
The plot of this drama appears similar to that of the 2004 novel "Lila Lila" by Martin Suter, which was made into the German film released in 2009.
In the novel a young unsuccessful author discovers an old manuscript, which is published and becomes enormously successful, but later confronted by an old man---the original author, and then publishes a second book about how this all happened.
Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal say that they knew nothing of Suter, his work, or Lila Lila.
This episode makes the movie even more interesting and intriguing.

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JohnBigDaddyCool
Dec 31, 2017

Great film. The different storylines that weave through the movie make it worth it to watch.

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tenet
Apr 15, 2017

Rated 5/10.

Besides the strong kissing scenes and brief language, it was a good movie. One of Bradley's better movies.

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firefly5
Feb 18, 2016

Good movie!

Parineeta Jul 10, 2015

This movie was going so well until the introduction of Olivia Wilde's character. That woman is stuck in a rut playing the same character over and over again in every film, the minute I saw her I guessed what she was up to and I was right by the climax of the film. Fine acting by the brilliant cast excluding the type-cast queen Wilde.

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rslade
Jul 13, 2014

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.

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VelosterChick
Mar 19, 2014

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

lasertravis Mar 09, 2014

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.

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JeanieG
Dec 05, 2013

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.

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btmslt May 23, 2013

Other: Intense and mature subject matter

Dimmu16 Feb 27, 2013

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

Dimmu16 Feb 27, 2013

Coarse Language: There are a few F*cks.

Dimmu16 Feb 27, 2013

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

Dimmu16 Feb 27, 2013

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

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ElainaL
Nov 12, 2014

ElainaL thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

btmslt May 23, 2013

btmslt thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Dimmu16 Feb 27, 2013

Dimmu16 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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okrah
Jul 01, 2013

Dimmu16, you're all wet with your choices.

Dimmu16 Feb 27, 2013

You must live with you're choices.

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Dimmu16 Feb 27, 2013

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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