The Words

Theatrical Release: September 7, 2012
The Words


Starring Bradley Cooper, Oscar®-winner Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Zoë Saldana, the layered romantic drama The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There’s only one catch – he didn’t write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man’s work and for placing ambition and success above life’s most fundamental three words.

Dove Review

This movie makes a point that each person’s own story is…well, each person’s own story! Jeremy Irons plays an old man who experienced the ups and downs of life during and following World War ll in Paris. An American soldier, he falls in love with a French girl named Celia and marries her and they have a daughter. They are very happy but a tragedy spoils it and soon the young soldier deals with his pain by writing a novel about the experience.

Years later Rory Jansen, a struggling writer in New York, comes across an old manuscript and is fascinated by it. Presenting the book as his own work, it is published and one of his own genuine works follows. The first published book makes a name for Rory and he is adored by his wife Dora and many others. However, one day an old man in the park sits on a bench next to Rory and soon Rory comes to know the true author of the book he published as his own.

This is an interesting story but unfortunately very strong language spoils it for family viewing.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Unmarried couple has implied sex but later marry; clothed woman straddles clothed man; clothed man lies on top of woman and they kiss and he kisses her on the neck.
Language: GD-4; G/OMG-1; F-1; BS-4; S-4; A-2; H-1; Pi*s Ant-1; Fool-1
Violence: Wife slaps husband.
Drugs: Smoking in a few scenes; drinking of wine; talk of drinking wine.
Nudity: Shirtless man; cleavage.
Other: Tension between a father and son and a husband and wife; a young child dies and there is great grief; a man steals another writer's work and publishes it as his own.


Company: CBS Films
Writer: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal
Director: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 96 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter