The Words is directed by first-timer Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, with the later writing the screenplay as well. It is a well-acted movie but the character just can’t connect with the audience. The movie tries to blur the line between reality and fiction but the result is not believable.
The story of The Words revolves around Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a novelist who wants to borrow money from his father (J.K. Simmons) so that he can publish his first book. While he is on his honeymoon with wife Dora (Zoe Saldana), Rory finds an old leather satchel at a small antique shop. Inside is a manuscript for a novel.
Rory reads the manuscript and decides to type it word for word on his laptop, just to get the feel of how it is to write the excellent words. But his wife reads it and thinks that he is the one who has written it. Next thing we know, The Window Tears is publish and becomes a best seller.
Then the actual writer of the manuscript hunts Rory down. Jeremy Iron plays the writer with no name. He tells Rory about how he comes up with the idea of the story and as you could have expected, Rory feels guilty for taking credit for something that’s not his.
But the director and writer decide to make things confusing by adding a third author in the story. Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) reads from his novel about a struggling writer named Rory Jansen. When he is not reading, he is seen flirting with a beautiful fan (Olivia Wilde).
The plot can be confusing but it is easy to follow. But the storytelling of The Words is not that effective. Quaid’s character seems to exist just to be a narrator to Rory’s story. Klugman and Sternthal should be commended for guiding the actors to perform well in The Words but story-wise, it is not a must-watch.