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A Thousand Words
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07.27.2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
A Thousand Words order
Director:
Brian Robbins

Actors:
Eddie Murphy
Kerry Washington
Cliff Curtis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Eddie Murphy is Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who can close any deal, any time, any way. He has set his sights on New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) for his own selfish purposes. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack's life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard. With every word Jack speaks, a leaf falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree are toast. Words have never failed Jack McCall, but now he's got to stop talking and conjure up some outrageous ways to communicate or he's a goner.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Thinking back, I can’t really remember the last movie that I saw starring Eddie Murphy that I actually enjoyed. I guess the Shrek movies kind of count, but aside from that and Mulan, we have to flashback to the early 90s to get some Eddie Murphy that’s even remotely tolerable. I didn’t have high hopes for A THOUSAND WORDS, but even that couldn’t have prepared me for the level of awful that this film embodies.

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?
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: The film without the deleted scenes clocks in at 91mins, which is approximately 90ish minutes longer than really needed. The deleted scenes don’t add anything more to the film that you didn’t already see in the movie. In fact, I think that most of these scenes add to Eddie Murphy’s obnoxiousness that was already so overwhelming in the 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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I don’t need A THOUSAND WORDS to tell you whether or not you should see this movie, all I need is four: avoid at all costs.
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