By: Mary Fran Bontempo

Oh, how tempting.

As a writer who starts out every project staring at a blank page, waiting for inspiration to strike and feeling the terror when it doesn’t, I’ve thought about how wonderful it would be to have the next great American novel drop into my lap out of thin air.

How wonderful to just have a finished, brilliant work appear, and be able to put my name on it, reaping all the benefits the words would bring.

But of course, it’s never that easy. No one is dropping anything into my lap, and even if they did, I couldn’t claim it. Because part of being a writer is, of course, the blood, sweat and tears that go along with wringing every word out an all-too-frequently empty head.

Yet, in the new movie, The Words, opening in theaters today, writer Rory Jansen, played by the always handsome and charming Bradley Cooper, receives just such a gift.

At least, he thinks it’s a gift.

Rory, suffering from a lack of cold, hard cash, as many writers do, claims a found manuscript as his own and suddenly finds that he’s the writer he always dreamed he was. Except he isn’t.

And, since nothing in life is this easy, Rory must pay the price for his deception.

The Words, boasting a great cast, including Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, and Zoe Saldana, among others, looks riveting. But, as I’m writing this, it’s Thursday night, and though movie-going is on my “to do” list for the weekend, I’ve yet to see the film, but I promise a review asap!

Until then, take a look at the trailer below and should you see the movie before I do, please drop us a line and let us know what you think!