A Thousand Words movie poster

A Thousand Words

In theaters March 9, 2012

91 minutes

What can be said of A Thousand Words? Certainly not a thousand kind words. A Thousand Words had its fair share of laugh-out-loud moments but, an equal amount of dull as well.
This film was to me, going to be Eddie’s continued triumphant return to comedy. After his long string of family comedy, Tower Heist may have falsely given me hope that Eddie had returned to his 48 Hours, or even Beverly Hills Cop comedic style. This is not to say A Thousand Words isn’t a departure from the last fifteen years, just not the edgy Eddie I appreciate.
A Thousand Words is about a fast-talking super agent Jack McCall (Murphy) who’s self-interest in signing a health guru trumps what’s truly important and neglected in his life, family and forgiveness. While “connected” to the life of a rare Bodhi tree, the more Jack talks, the closer the tree and Jack come to dying. Jack must figure out what he is missing in life or he risks losing his.
To Murphy’s defense, no amount of comedic talent could have turned this dull idea into a gem. The real problems lie in the plot as it is not only overworked, it’s just not that interesting. The message loses its value in bad storytelling. There is a point in the film’s resolve where you’ve determined you were really there just to witness Eddie Murphy do something funny, and that’s just not worth my money. Come to think of it, what is the point of having the fast-talking comedic genius of Eddie Murphy in a film about… shutting up?   Save your cash.

Movie Reelist Contributor: Chris Giroux
Chris Giroux is founder and editor-in-charge at Movie Reelist, an entertainment news and review blog serving the most fanatic moviegoers. Chris started his publication in Detroit in 2010 and has since reviewed hundreds of films and interviewed numerous talent across the country. He is an avid film festival attendee and red carpet photographer, having shot the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bill Murray, Mark Hamill, and more. Chris grew up in New Mexico, where he studied mass media writing while working in post-production and multimedia authoring. It is also where he discovered Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York, resulting in an unhealthy Kurt Russell obsession.

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