"Words and Pictures" rates 3.5 stars. You can enjoy this film, eat popcorn, and relax. You won't have to concentrate on understanding the witty lines (and they are truly witty) spoken by actors Clive Owen (playing an English teacher) and Juliette Binoche (playing an art teacher).
The humorous and entertaining English teacher, who likes to play clever word games (e.g., I say a 5-syllable word beginning with the letter A and you have to give me back a 5-syllable word beginning with B.) and is under fire from the school administrators who want to fire him, is attracted to the new art teacher, who has a bad case of rheumatoid arthritis. For the pair to get together, the Art teacher has to overcome her unforgiving, severe judgments and self-doubt about herself. For his part, the English teacher has a terrible case of alcoholism and has to overcome his bad case of self- and over-indulgence.
This is a solid but not heavy film, and I recommend it to the people whose immense intelligences are able to relax and enjoy. Did you know that Wittgenstein loved Westerns? The director of "Words and Pictures" knew where it was going and got us there and didn't take himself au grand serieux as too many directors (and movie critics) do.