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(2012) (Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana) (PG-13)

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes None
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) Minor
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Heavy
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Mild

Drama: A struggling writer finds a brilliant manuscript, passes it off as his own, and achieves literary fame and fortune … and then the original author comes forward.
Rory Jansen (BRADLEY COOPER) is a struggling writer looking for his first big break, but his manuscripts keep getting rejected. He wants to make his fiancée, Dora (ZOE SALDANA), proud of him and stop borrowing money from his father (J.K. SIMMONS) to make ends meet each month. On a brief honeymoon to Paris, he and his new bride happen into an antique shop and buy an old satchel. In it, Rory finds a brilliant, unpublished manuscript from decades earlier and decides to transcribe and pretend it is his own original work of fiction.

The book becomes an unqualified success, earning Rory fame, fortune, and literary respect. But one day, an elderly gentleman known simply as The Old Man (JEREMY IRONS) sits down next to him on a Central Park bench and tells him the story of himself as The Young Man (BEN BARNES), a soldier in France who falls in love with a beautiful Parisian girl named Celia (NORAH ARNEZEDER) near the end of World War II. Their story ends tragically, but not before The Young Man is able to feverishly write it down on paper and then lose the entire unpublished novel. Rory realizes that The Old Man is the author whose story he has told.

At the same time, a third storyline runs throughout the film - that of another author named Clay Hammond (DENNIS QUAID) who has written a best-seller telling of Rory's fall from grace and the disintegration of his marriage. At a book party, he meets graduate student Daniella (OLIVIA WILDE), who seeks to draw out of Clay more details about the tale of Rory and the Old Man and find out the real truth.

The film may draw some interest from older teens who are fans of Cooper, Saldana, and Barnes from other projects.
For brief, strong language and smoking.

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