The Words (2012)

“We all make our choices in life, the hard thing to do is live with them. ” – The Old Man

Number of Times Seen – Twice (12 Dec 2012 and 4 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An author finds fame and fortune through the work of someone else and must deal with the consequences of his actions.

My Take on it – Great idea that just doesn’t manage to work as well or as powerfully as one might hope especially given the way things play out.

The premise is quiet engaging and the great cast adds so much to the weight of things.

Dennis Quaid, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana are all able to help make things feel even more powerful.

The story within a story is also great because they leave so much open to interpretation as things unfold.

The way that they deal with the path to fame is done well and makes us truly believe even that transpires here.

The dialogue between characters is great because it gives us a window into their internal character and how that affects the way that they live their lives.

Irons is the most powerful character here because we get to see how the story has affected him so much based on his life and experiences up until that point.

They do a nice job keeping the story mysterious throughout which makes it more engaging to watch unfold.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lee Sternthal and Brian Klugman wrote the script back in 1999. As friends of Bradley Cooper before his The Hangover (2009) fame, they ask him to play the lead, he accepted then, and kept his word more than ten years later. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)



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