MAYBE it's due to our already long summer of diarrhea jokes, but I developed a soft spot for the clunky bookishness of "Words and Pictures."
This is an inspirational teacher movie in the Mr. Chips/Mr. Holland vein, which doubles down on the inspirational teachers - an English teacher (Clive Owen) and an art teacher (Juliette Binoche) lead a student-body debate on the relative merits of writing and painting.
It's also a love story - Jack (Owen) is a blocked writer and an alcoholic, Dina (Binoche) is a prominent painter whose work is now compromised by rheumatoid arthritis. Their struggles with the creative process are meant to link them.