We suspect that The Words was a hit at Sundance more for its ensemble cast than anything else.
The Words stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, and Olivia Wilde in a drama about a young writer (Cooper) that plagiarizes a lost manuscript by an enigmatic old man (Irons) in an attempt to live up to the expectations of his beautiful wife (Saldana). Narrated by Quaid, during a conversation with the flirtatious Wilde, the film is supposed to deliver a surprise ending that is so obvious by the end of the film it causes the whole affair to fall flat, despite the best effort by its talented cast. The only real redeeming quality of The Words is the story behind the manuscript, based on Irons' character's real life experiences in France during World War II, which offers a breath of fresh air (and heartbreak) in a film that is otherwise absent much emotion. The film may be ok for a date night if there's nothing else in the theaters.