By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
he Words” is, as its name suggests, a wordy melodrama about a young writer, Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), who finishes his first novel, three years in the making — which is promptly rejected. Maybe, he wonders, he’s not who he thought he was — a writer. Then he stumbles across a yellowed, unpublished manuscript from long ago and sees his salvation, his shortcut to fame. Maybe, he realizes, he’s not who he thought he was — an ethical, honest man.
ever write. His ador“Words” is a pleas- I F Y O U G O ing wife (the lumiant but too complex nous Zoe Saldana) variation on an idea What: “The Words” ★★ Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, can tell him “You are Woody Allen toyed Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia everything you alwith in his stumbling Wilde, Nora Arnezeder, Ben Barnes ways wanted to be,” “You Will Meet a Tall Directed by: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal but Rory knows betDark Stranger,” this ter. notion of counterfeit Running time: 91 minutes “The Words,” in a literary fame. What Rated: PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking fit of ambition, goes co-writer/directors after its themes by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal attempt to do with it is get telling three stories, each existing at the guilt that comes with ill-gotten within the others. There’s the dull framework of the glory. Rory is cursed with being good enough piece, a book reading by a novelist, to recognize the gem he’s stumbled Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid), who across in an attache case bought in a delivers the beyond-banal lines from his Paris antique shop, cursed with knowing this novel is better than anything he’ll See WORDS, Page 17
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