Dinner and a Movie: 'The Words' Is Too Complicated for Its Own Good

Bradley Cooper plays a writer who rips off another writer who just happened to be Jeremy Irons. Bad idea? Oh, I think so...

Dinner: For a truly unique experience, we recommend checking out  at 7305 Fair Oaks Blvd in Carmichael. There's a reason D'Millers' has been around for 17 years. This little hole-in-the-wall has been perfecting its home recipe for BBQ longer than this restaurant has been around. For a truly unique experience, you won't leave diasppointed. Cautionary note: A bib might not be a bad idea - this BBQ can get messy!

Showtimes: To check out The Words, one only needs take a quick drive over to the Century Greenback Theaters at 6233 Garfield Avenue. The movie is playing at 11:30 a.m., 1:55 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.

Review: Bradley Cooper wants to be a professional writer but he can't because, well, he's not good enough. He comes across a manuscript shelved for years, publishes it, and tells the world it's his work when we all know it's not in 'The Words.'

Jeremy Irons plays the writer who actually wrote the book. He confronts Cooper's character, accusing him of plagiarism, and then proceeds to tell him his back story, thus slowing down the film to a turtle's pace.

Other actors in the film include Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde. Despite a talented cast, the film seemed a bit jumbled towards the middle. You see, there are actually three different stories going on in this film, making it difficult to follow because they are not chronological. This can be especially  confusing if you step out for a snack or bathroom break. 

The movie then ends with a thud. It's too bad because the film, unlike Cooper's character, had so much potential.

So the flick-o-meter gives 'The Words' a three out of five.

This movie is a story, within a story, within another story. That's a heck of a juggling act and for me, it just doesn't work.

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