Professor Marcus is a scoundrel, but a charming one. Professor Delsanto is the Ice Queen, with a warm heart. The two bicker and defend what is more important, "Words" or "Pictures?" A philosophical war is declared, with the outcome being decided by the student body of an Ivy League prep school.
The head games between Binoche and Owen are a delight to watch and listen too. Being adults, the two strike each other like a fire poker, but know when to cool off in a moment of serious crisis. One sees both professor's professionalism rise to the occasion when two students are involved with harrasssment charges.