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"He had unveiled another much deeper and darker secret within himself."

"You are everything you always wanted to be."

"We all make choices in life. The hard thing is living with them."

"My tragedy was that I loved words more than I loved the woman who inspired me to write them."

"Maybe he can write, create, but he'll never believe it."

Like Caesar's Gaul, The Words is a film divided into three parts and deals with a specific kind of theft – plagiarism.

We know it as the taking of someone's ideas or work and trying to pass it off as original.

Doing this is an avenue for humiliation, disgust toward the perpetrator, and often results in legal action for the guilty party.

In Act One of The Words, the hopes, desires and frustration of aspiring author, Rory Jansen (played by Bradley Cooper) are revealed as he struggles with the difficulty of writing a great piece of fiction.

He labors long and hard and when he presents his book for publication is devastated when it's not accepted.

Jansen is fiercely supported by his gorgeous wife Dora (Zoe Saldana) who stands by him in his efforts to achieve fame and fortune through his words.

The two marry and enjoy a honeymoon in France where they discover an old and worn leather briefcase in an antique shop.

They take it home and it is forgotten... until…you guessed it: Rory opens it late one night and tucked in a pocket is a handwritten script detailing the adventures of a young American in Paris at the end of World War II.

The script is a magnificent piece, captivating the reader from the first page, and is the fulfillment of the kind of novel Jansen has worked so hard for and hopes to achieve.

With rejection, he sees his aspirations disappear leaving him desperate for something, anything that will define him as a success. The temptation that comes from the script is overwhelming.

In a very brief Act Two, Jeremy Irons appears as an old man who meets Jansen on a park bench and tells him a tale that stuns the supposed author, leading viewers to wonder what kind of resolution is to follow – or if there is one.

In the final Act Three, Dennis Quaid arrives on the scene as the writer Clay Hammond who has compiled a very successful book about Rory Jansen.

He dazzles the crowd at a reading of his novel and relishes the kudos and applause that comes from his work.

Hammond is attracted to graduate student Danielle (played by Olivia Wilde) who says she's been following his career and wants to know him better.

This announcement prompts an intimate sequence in his bachelor pad where he is challenged by as Danielle, who questions his sincerity and honesty as an author.

She walks out on him when he can't answer her questions, leaving him wondering about his life and whether his choices were worth it.

The Words is an interesting look at the consequences of plagiarism and its effect, touching many lives.



The Words opens September 7th in wide release.

Click here to view the film's trailer.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for for brief strong language and smoking.

Photos ©2012 CBS Films, Inc.



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