The writing duo behind The Words, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, go through such pains to make their film (which is about novelists) feel like a novel that it loses sense of its more cinematic qualities. The Words moves at a glacial pace. It's overwritten and the stately score and incredibly formal look make the entire exercise feel almost inhuman. Basically, the film needed to be more dynamic, even a bit messier. It might keep your interest because its concept is inherently compelling, but it's hard to imagine the film leaving much of a positive impression on anyone.