In "The Words," Rory (Bradley Cooper) aspires to be a famous writer but the words he seeks simply do not come to mind. His best attempt at a novel is declined by his publishing house leaving Rory and wife Dora (Zoe Saldana) discouraged and broke. Everything changes however when Rory stumbles upon an old satchel Zoe purchased for him on their Paris honeymoon and the amazing manuscript hidden inside.
Rory takes that manuscript, types it into his computer then presents it as his own. It becomes an instant hit and rockets him to stardom but he soon meets an Old Man in Central Park (Jeremy Irons) who forces him to reflect long and hard about the unethical choice he made. Dennis Quaid, Olivia Munn and Ben Barnes all co-star in the film which weaves between three separate realities with painful similarities.
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"The Words" twists and turns as the thriller leaves audiences wondering which story is real and which is fiction. For a little something more straight forward, try other great 2012 movies such as "Lawless," "Cosmopolis," "Premium Rush," "Hit and Run," "ParaNorman," "Sparkle," "The Expendables 2" and "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."
Price to Pay
The Old Man: "You think you can just steal a man's life and expect there to be no price to pay? ... We all make difficult choices in life. The hard thing is to live with them."This Old Man is quite wise and though he often comes off as threatening, he also forces Rory to think about his decision to steal a manuscript and pass it off as his own.
Choice Between Life and Fiction
Clay: "You have to choose between life and fiction. The two are very close but they never actually touch. They are two very, very different things."Speaking with obsessed literary fan Danielle, Clay comments on how everyone has a choice between living in a fantasy land full of lies or living life as it really is.
Rory: "I'm not who I thought I was and I'm terrified that I never will be. I look at my life. I look at everybody's life. It's not right!"Stressed out and about to break, Rory has a fight with wife Dora as well as a small breakdown in the street. He has doubts about himself and his lack of success writing is only making that worse.
Start Taking Responsibility
Mr. Jansen: "Maybe now this should be a hobby, just until you get your feet on the ground."
Rory: "Dad, it doesn't work like that. I have to pay my dues."
Mr. Jansen: "No, I gotta pay your dues. You gotta start taking responsibility for your life."