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The Words 

Cheese, please


When a self-absorbed white dude, Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), has writers block, it’s hard to sympathize with him as he plagiarizes an old, stumbled-upon manuscript. Cooper cannot even pass himself off as a failed novelist. But, this movie has layers: this entire story is being told through the voice of another author, Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) as he reads his novel or just talks his characters back to life and onto the screen (it works better in The Princess Bride). The dialogue matches the mediocre casting choices (save for Jeremy Irons as the old man who’s being plagiarized), and, to top that off, we’re subject to an endless stream of cheesy cinematic technique and soundtrack. In an age where anyone can self-publish, The Words strives to be a timeless moral tale, but its execution is just so…meh.

The Words
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 96 min. · 2012
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Director: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal
Writer: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal
Producer: Michael Benaroya, Tatiana Kelly, Jim Young and Antonio Calvache
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Ben Barnes, J.K. Simmons, John Hannah, Michael McKean and Zeljko Ivanek

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