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5.0 out of 5 stars A film about writers for writers, November 22, 2012
This review is from: The Words [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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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Initial post: Mar 16, 2013 8:10:09 PM PDT
L. Bernstein says:
Agreed.

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 3:14:03 PM PDT
D. L. Teamor says:
I am a writer and I couldn't agree more. Excellent film - - definitely one to add to the collection!

Posted on May 13, 2013 5:04:44 PM PDT
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Last edited by the author on Aug 14, 2014 10:20:54 PM PDT
nina says:
Well, I'm a published author and I HATED this movie. It was one of the most boring, slowest films I've seen in years.
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