(I apologize for the horrid formatting of this review. Nothing seemed to work!) It's a shame that this movie is so under appreciated for what it really is: a work of art. This isn't a mindless film full of violence and sexual content that so many today crave. It isn't silly or crude.
It is a thoughtful, meaningful and powerful theatrical production that touches the writer in all of us. It's a work of fiction that bends our perception of a movie and fools us - and delights in it. It artistically portrays the realistic and unavoidably consequences of life and it does it to some of the finest music composed.
If you aren't willing to put some brain power and attention into the movie, you will be like all the rest of the nay-sayers. However, if you are willing to open up your mind and think a little, this movie will sweep you off your feet and take you away.
Superb acting and writing round out this creative movie. A must watch for writers, readers, and those who are willing to keep up with the daring, shameless movie "The Words."
CONTENT (reiterating Common Sense Media's review)
Sexual content: There is plenty of kissing between couples (married or courting), but nothing more than that is shown. No nudity.
Violence: Little to no violence. A wife slaps her husband out of a surge of emotion. A dead, charred man is carried out of a burnt building on a stretcher, covered in a cloth - only his arm is visible.
Language: There seems to be two versions of this movie. The version I saw, which I believe was the "normal," theatrical version, contained only a single F-word. Other profanity is scattered throughout the movie, namely the S-word and BS. It is relatively infrequent and thus is not jarring. Apparently in another version (a director's cut, maybe?), there are eight F-words, though I've not been able to confirm this.
Drinking and smoking: A lot of smoking, though most of it is shown back in the day when it was common to smoke. A few times, a character is drunk and/or drinking.
Other content: Really, other than the language (which is deserving of a PG-13 rating), the movie is clean.