In the film, The Words, actor Bradley Cooper portrays a struggling writer who finds an old manuscript in a briefcase he bought in Paris and publishes it as if it was his own work. What is most intriguing about this film is it's thematic focus on one's past decisions and how that not only affects our future, but how it also affects our internal views of ourselves. The performances are real strong, in particular Jeremy Irons as the original writer of the manuscript. Where the film slows down is when it deals with the storyline of Dennis Quaid's character, a writer who wrote the story of Cooper's character as a novel. Honestly though, the film is so emotionally resonant overall it overcomes its own shortcomings.