Words and Pictures

2013 PG-13 1h 51m Blu-ray / DVD

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Words and Pictures

2013 PG-13 1h 51m Blu-ray / DVD
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A picture is worth a thousand words -- or is it? That's the question prep school students must answer as their teachers egg them on in this diverting romantic comedy starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as the instructors who spark the debate.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Words and Pictures is a somewhat atypical romantic drama, diverging from the typical Hollywood model by focusing on some serious issues: One of the characters in the central couple is an alcoholic (he gets drunk in bars, at home alone, and even on his lunch break), and the other has a debilitating disease. What's more, not everything is resolved in the end, and there's some real fallout from the characters' choices. In addition to the strong drinking content, there's also some swearing (mostly variations on "s--t"), kissing, implied sex (though no graphic nudity), and a scene that revolves around a sketch of a naked woman.

Sexual Content

A couple flirts frequently until they finally kiss. They're shown in bed, apparently after having sex, engaging in suggestive banter. One sequence revolves around a graphic drawing of a nude woman.


High school students get into a shoving match that leaves some on the ground. A male student verbally harasses a female classmate using racist and sexist language.


A fair bit of swearing, mostly variations of "s--t."

Social Behavior

It's possible to turn yourself around, even after serious setbacks -- including debilitating illness or substance abuse. Things may not be perfect, but once you accept how things are instead of how you wish they were, you can start to appreciate them.


Several characters have Apple phones and computers.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One character is an alcoholic who's frequently seen drinking and quite drunk. He drinks at work, he gets wasted at home after work, and he gets quite disorderly at local bars.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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