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The Words [Blu-ray] (2012)

Bradley Cooper , Dennis Quaid , Brian Klugman , Lee Sternthal  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (498 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, John Hannah, Zoe Saldana
  • Directors: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (498 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009H3LNW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"There's more than one way to take a life..." and THE WORDS couldn't be truer. Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) has achieved his every goal: a loving wife critical success and a best-selling novel. The only problem is he didn't write it. Now as his conscience starts to haunt him and his past wrongs are revealed it's difficult to tell fact from fiction. Jeremy Irons Dennis Quaid Olivia Wilde Ben Barnes and Zoe Saldana star in this romantic thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.

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126 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film about writers for writers November 22, 2012
By S. Dean
Lay aside the critical reviews that have filleted this movie, and perhaps even your friends and family that didn't get it.

If you are a writer, you will get it.

The meat of this movie is as much about the struggles living up to expectations as it is about plagiarism. The pressures to have a "real job" and the approval you seek from those around you and what price you are willing to pay to hang on to that approval. When you feel it is your calling to be a writer, you constantly are filled with self doubt. Will I ever be good enough? Will my writing ever be good enough?

Because these are the driving forces of the film, of course it isn't some after-school special aimed at bringing an end to plagiarism. It is structured around the choices we make in building our lives. What are we willing to sacrifice for success?

While the nested stories could have gone very wrong, the film is well-executed and not hard to follow. And while Dennis Quaid was a bit of an odd casting choice for the particular role he plays, and the narration can be a little heavy-handed at times, it does not detract from the story threads.

All-in-all a splendid movie that is most certainly worth owning.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Already my wife wants another viewing. I'm prone to agree. We're 2 book addicts, drama film lovers, and this film's depth is not often seen in big screen theater. It's about sacrificing integrity for fame and money. It details how an unscrupulous decision can implode and create collateral emotional damage to cherished people. The Words is presented in storyline layers, woven together like literature, not easily tracked by those simply looking at action, FX, and adventure. THE WORDS is intellectual with a capital WOW.

Hammond (Dennis Quaid) writes a story about an ambitious, but not stellar, young writer Rory (Bradley Cooper) who has ripped-off an unpublished manuscript written by an old man (Jeremy Irons) over 60 years earlier. If you don't understand `plagiarism', stop here and don't bother viewing. It's the entire plot in one word. The story progresses in the same fashion as a bestseller novel, layers woven together, scenes jumping from 2012 to 1940 Paris, and back, from one author (reality) to the next (fictional.) Slow going, NO! Just bookish. After all, the film is about writers--and their significant others. In the end the layers converge, but leave the viewer agape.

Rory Jansen's wife, Dora, (Zoe Saldana) is one hot beauty and encouragement to a struggling author. Until... Romantic scenes remain at family viewing level. Also you will love awesome period scenes when the younger life of the old man is told primarily in narration. Actors mostly act, not speak, doing pantomime well. In a novel the words would have been italicized and the visuals would be only thoughts. The Words makes a book come to life before your eyes, like the manuscript did for the author characters in the film.

Applauds for the 3 leads, Quaid, Irons, & Cooper; but also Zoe.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'The Words' will speak to you January 17, 2013
In The Words, Bradley Cooper stars as Rory Jansen, a struggling writer that stumbles upon a briefcase which contains a story that holds the key to launching his career. Shortly after publishing the story, success launches his career. However, an old man (Jeremy Irons) confronts Jansen about publishing this 'thought to be' lost story and from there a plot line within a plot line within a plot line unfolds - all of which revolves around the overlying theme: fame/success vs. choice/consequence. Yes, there's also some romance. Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, and Dennis Quaid co-star.

It's easy to say the plot becomes predictable about half way through the film (and it does), but films don't always have to be about the sudden 'twist' ending that nobody saw coming. Sometimes it's nice to watch a film and think about the meaning behind the story - in this case it's about the choices we make that affect our lives and the lives of the people around us. It's especially interesting to see what lengths some people will go to in order to touch success.

In any event, that are several major/minor problems with this film (depending how picky your are about your entertainment) that keep it from being a great film - namely the sub-par/predictable plot, mixed with the lack of chemistry between characters (noticeably Wilde and Quaid). However, these issues don't take away from the film experience or emotional impact of the film. Bradley Cooper does a remarkable job and is slowly becoming the next Brad Pitt, while Jeremy Irons shows that even though he's aging, he still has top-notch acting ability.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible movie December 27, 2012
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Not just a movie for writers but for everyone wondering what to do in life, how to define yourself. Thought-provoking and beautiful with great performances by all of the actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Words December 27, 2012
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As a writer myself, I found this story line to be unique. I loved the acting as well as the plot and the ending was perfect. I love a story where you can't guess what will happen and can't wait until the end to figure it out. This was one of those stories. This is one of my new favorite movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Resist Seeing This Film Twice -- And Now Must Own It!
Excellent, engrossing film focusing on the lack of ethics of a plagiaristic writer, helped along beautifully by the ever-brilliant Jeremy Irons (his voice alone should have... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Joel Kovacik
5.0 out of 5 stars The Words: Not your ordinary story
As a lover of all great stories, I immediately fell in love with this one. Don't look for action, blood, or even a huge climax. Read more
Published 8 days ago by southrnsweets
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many models
There were parts of this movie that i liked. I watched the whole thing. But 1) the previews show the entire movie - if you watched the preview there is absolutely no reason to... Read more
Published 15 days ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting movie about our own aspirations
I've just finished watching The Words....have read some of the reviews both positive and negative in nature but all I know is that right now I'm haunted by this movie. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Boston Legal addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See!
Such a great movie! It keeps you thinking about how all the characters connect to one another! It's a must see
Published 29 days ago by DusMrtnz15
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
I'm a huge fan of Bradley Cooper and as a writer myself this actually sounded like a pretty interesting movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zencik
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This movie had a complex plot, great acting and was a cinematic beauty ! I loved it and would highly recommend it !
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Louise Warren-Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars a touch of class
Published 1 month ago by George Messer
3.0 out of 5 stars strange
Some what boring. Could have used more excitement. Just seemed on and on at times. Dont think I would watch again.
Published 1 month ago by anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine acting, storytelling, score.
I feel like The Words hasn't received enough credit. It is (as they state about Rory's manuscript early in the film) "A beautiful piece of art. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Vespia
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