Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 111 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. The film could be seen by teenagers, but it might be best for a parents’ date night. The film is about an alcoholic teacher and another with rheumatoid arthritis who fall in love, so there is the destructive nature of heavy drinking, the damage done by illness, and the attempt to find meaning in life as you grow older. Aside from those growing-older themes, some kissing, cursing, online bullying, and nude sketches for artistic purposes.
‘Words and Pictures’ wants to be a thinking person’s romantic drama, with its main characters facing off whether which is more important: literature or art. The idea is interesting and the performances from Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche solid, but the movie doesn’t feel that unique.
By Roxana Hadadi
Which is more important: words or pictures? That’s the argument this romantic drama starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche is attempting to answer, but guess what? The movie is really about Owen’s and Binoche’s characters learning to love and live again. It’s a crowd-pleaser, I suppose, but not an especially unique one. The accessories here are different, but the formula is the same.