Words, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde. Drama. Written & directed by Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A writer seeking fame and fortune finally finds it with his most recent book. Alas, he didnít write it. His wife had bought him a vintage briefcase and wouldnít you know it, he found a typed novel in a hidden compartment of the case. Itís an unpublished novel! A brilliant novel!! Itís so good, he just wants to copy it into his computer, pretending for a moment that he actually wrote it himself. But when his wife accidently reads it and thinks the world of her husband for this brilliant writing effort, well, what can he do but take the credit. Oh, nothing can go wrong with that idea.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Despite the farfetched premise, I enjoyed the storytelling and the adult subject matter. By adult subject matter I mean there are no car chases or super guys in capes. Itís a morality tale concerning what the lead is willing to do and what he will sacrifice by stealing another manís work.

Though I donít want to give anything away, surely you must know heís going to meet the real writer. So, let me just reveal the fact that the real author is now an old man who had lived in Paris as a writer after WWII and met a French girl who became the love of his life until she lost this very story. Hmmm? Sound a little like A Moveable Feast?

Imagine, writing a novel you know is great work, only to have it lost by your spouse. It did happen to Ernest Hemingway.

At the screening, I leaned over and mentioned this to Valessia Smith, a colleague of mine. She brought up an interesting point. ďSo, the filmmakers are actually stealing someone elseís story.Ē She was right. The filmmakers take a fact from one of Hemingwayís adventures without ever giving him the credit.

Ah, Hollywoodís view of morality. Itís a very bendable concept, morality. I guess it rather depends on what your definition of is is.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
CBS Films

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Around 10 obscenities.

Profanity: I caught three profane uses of Godís name.

Violence: None

Sex: There are a couple of brief sexual situations, but neither become overly graphic.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Lots of drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Mature viewers

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