The Words

2012 PG-13 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD

The Words

2012 PG-13 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD
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After finding a brilliant unpublished manuscript in an old briefcase, struggling writer Rory Jansen claims the novel is his work -- setting in motion events that leave him facing an ethical quandary he could never have imagined.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Words, some of which takes place in an earlier time period, leans heavily on the idea of consequence, a subject that can be weighty but is also of value for young teens learning to consider the impact of their decisions and behavior. Expect a bit of swearing (one "f--k," a few "s--t"s, etc.) and kissing/making out. There's also some drinking, mostly in social settings (though occasionally to excess), and smoking (accurate for the earlier era that some of the movie takes place in). An infant's death is devastating to his parents.

Sexual Content

Couples kiss and make out, but there's no nudity.


Couples have heart-wrenching arguments; an infant dies from illness, leaving his parents devastated. A man throws his belongings around in a fit of anger.


Relatively infrequent swearing includes one "f--k," plus "s--t," "goddamn," "hell," "ass," and "bulls--t."

Social Behavior

You can't run away from the past or bury it. Neither should you co-opt another person's history; you should instead embrace it and own it and try to learn from it. Every choice has a consequence.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Mostly social drinking by adults at parties and restaurants, though a few scenes show characters drinking and upset while inebriated. Lots of period-accurate smoking in the scenes set in the past.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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