The Words: Half-Hearted Literary Melodrama
Bradley CooperDennis Quaid...
Brian KlugmanLee Sternthal
In 1 Cinema
His story follows a stardom-starved writer, Rory Jensen (Cooper), who struggles to get anything done and cannot seem to get anything published. His work is often described as too ‘interior’ and too ‘subtle’, Rory is in a desperate need of a miracle.
His luck soon changes, when he comes across an old, unmarked manuscript – hidden in the lining of a worn-out leathery bag – bought in an antique store. It was love at first sight and Rory, on an impulse, re-types the ‘compelling’ story on his laptop.
The trouble begins, when his more financially sound wife Dara (Saldana) stumbles upon the story and mistakes it for her husband’s. Rory, no longer a pathetic-excuse-for-a-writer in his wife’s eyes, sends the story to a publishing agency. Big surprise, the book is a hit and Rory quickly becomes an overnight best-selling sensation.
Rory’s world soon comes crashing down though, when he meets a mysterious, nameless, elderly gentleman (Irons) who is referred to simply as the Old Man. Sure enough, the puzzling stranger turns out to be the original writer of the manuscript. The Old Man, distraught over the loss of his masterpiece, confronts Rory about stealing his work.
Ultimately, the film brings its focus back on the author Clay Hammond, where he is being stalked by an eye-catching graduate student (Wilde).
Although the script touches on some potentially worthwhile issues, such as moral principles and fame and the junction of arts and commerce, it fails to develop any true substance and very little sympathy for any of the characters.