It tells three stories, and it's up to the viewer to determine how much they intersect and who's responsible for what fabrication. Dennis Quaid starts things off, which is good, because this is one of his best recent performances, full of sly charisma and an undercurrent of gnawing insecurity. He plays a successful novelist delivering a public reading of his latest work, "The Words."
Most of the film, however — written and directed by the debut feature team of Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal — illustrates the love story from which Quaid's character reads aloud. In that one, top-billed and executive producer
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The way "The Words" toggles back and forth between the "fictional" stories and the "real," present-day one, recalls a Nicholas Sparks "Notebook"-y affair, albeit with a lot less creamy romance and balderdash. Cooper clearly has an affinity for arrogant, somewhat shifty protagonists (a la the recent
'The Words' -- 2 1/2 stars
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and smoking)
Running time: 1:41