Words and Pictures

MOVIES 4 Star

Rated PG-13

1 hour 50 minutes

Clive OwenJuliette BinocheNavid Negahban

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) – Two of my favorite actors, Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen make up for lost time by finally co-starring in the perfect film for both of them, the smart, sophisticated comedy “Words and Pictures”

Owen plays a brilliant English teacher who has a lot of bad habits.  Owen and Binoche become rivals at an exclusive prep school, but we know that’s only a prelude to a more romantic relationship.

“Words and Pictures” is the kind of love story Hollywood gave up on years ago. A pity they did, because seeing adults in the throes of passion can be so much fun.

Owen and Binoche challenge each other to make the best argument that It’s either words or pictures that have the greatest Influence on civilization.

But for all of his brilliance and his gift for motivating his adoring students, Owen’s erratic behavior may yet be his undoing.

He confides in Binoche that he knows he’s under review by the school board, but If he’ll be reviewed the way I’m reviewing this movie, Owen has nothing to be worried about.

And neither will you, because “Words and Pictures” is a perfectly marvelous comedy presented with sweetness and genuine feeling.

The kind of movie I’m proud to give four stars.

Let’s just say “Words and Pictures” is just too picture perfect for words.

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