To me, Eddie Murphy doesn’t really play a wide variety of roles in movies. He’s basically just playing different versions of Eddie Murphy but with a different name. Thankfully in A THOUSAND WORDS, Murphy didn’t take it upon himself to try and play every character (because really, how else is an actor supposed to show how versatile they are?), but that doesn’t save the movie from being a disaster.
A THOUSAND WORD is trying to be a family drama, comedy and tries to include a zillion different themes and morals at one time. Be kind to others. Don’t take your family for granted. Use your words to say things you mean. Be someone reliable. Make sure the people you love know it. All these things and more. There’s nothing wrong with trying to convey these messages, but clumping them all into one movie starring Eddie Murphy is seemingly not the best place to do it.
Eddie Murphy is, I guess, supposed to be the main form of comedic relief followed by Clark Duke, who plays Murphy’s assistant in the movie. Kerry Washington plays Murphy’s wife and gets the extra short end of the stick with playing one of the worst characters ever to be written… a woman who marries an egotistical jerk with a bachelor mentality that expects Murphy’s character to treat her like royalty only to discover that her husband is really just an egotistical jerk. Wah wah.
The characters are poorly constructed, the dialogue is pretty abysmal, the story is awful and the acting is tolerable, at best. And is anyone else not surprised by the fact that Nicolas Cage helped produce this movie?
Alternate Ending: A very cutesy alternate ending that I suppose is meant to give you a bit of a chuckle. It’s sort of in the vein of if you try to better one bad person, someone else is ready to jump into the shoes of the person who vacated them in the first place. Circle of life and all that.