The Words is the second movie I’ve seen in which Bradley Cooper plays a guy who wants to be a novelist but is having a difficult time getting started. In both movies, his character cheats in some way to get over the initial hump, but in Limitless, at least the creativity is his. Oh, and Limitless is not a waste of two perfectly good hours.
The lessons of The Words are, basically:
1. The publishing industry is so fucked up that it kind of, sort of, forces otherwise well-meaning writers to plagiarize.
2. Always save duplicate copies of your manuscript, even if you don’t keep them all in safe places.
Also: Jeremy Irons needs to learn a better American accent. Dude, if you don’t like the way we sound, then don’t play us in movies.