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After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word we speak.
Let's face it folks ... when a movie finishes filming in 2008, andisn't released until 2012, it ain't gonna be Oscar material. Not by along shot. That's FOUR years.More Eddie Murphy drek, which, combined with the horrible "Norbit,"negates any positive thoughts of his "Dreamgirls" performance and isjust about the final nail in the coffin. Eddie, retire with what littledignity and legacy you have left. The laughs and soaring career endedin the 1980s.The only good thing about this film is that Eddie speaks less and lessas the movie progresses.Don't waste your money, or your bandwidth when it rockets onto the homemedia formats. A movie that cost $40 million to make and has so farbrought in $16 million after 3+ weeks in theaters isn't exactly "Gonewith the Wind" ... or even "Gone in 60 Seconds," for that matter.
This movie is a missed opportunity. One of the universal traumas oflife is confronting impending loss, whether of one's own powers orthose of others about whom we care. Humor can bring insight andmitigate the pain of this challenge. "A Thousand Words" lacked dramaticdepth and focused on playing for laughs. There is a 2009 children'sstory, "82 Words" with the same dramatic theme--a young boy, findinghimself with only 82 words left before he will become mute, respondsinitially with protest and denial, and then with efforts to cope andthrive. It is more likely than this movie to provoke reflection andoptimism about the challenges of life.On the other hand, Murphy's movie is not as bad as several people havesuggested. It did offer some suspense and laughter; Kerry Washingon isluscious and was believable in her role as Murphy's wife; Clark Dukewas brilliant as the timid sycophant assistant who rises bodaciously tofill his fired boss's shoes; and Ruby Dee, as Murphy's mother, eliciteda touch of dramatic tenderness from him.I think Eddie Murphy is a talent. If he can dig deeper and mature as anartist, say as Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen have done, he mightachieve greatness.
Think of the book called The Giving Tree, a book about a tree thatgives and gives and asks nothing in return, mixed together with themovie Click, starring Adam Sandler with basically the same premise.Eddie Murphy finally ended up in a good movie for once. It was more ofwhat he use to do, such as Coming to America. His performance wasgreat. Being able to act a part out without words or noises, but stillshow expressions and have people care or laugh is pure talent. ClarkDuke, what can you say about him? Seems to play the same part in everymovie, a moronic but caring sidekick. Cliff Curtis was actually prettygood in the part he played. With Murphy's past with movies, this hasbeen a step up in the right direction. I am hoping this gets his careerback on track. While the movie was very short, any longer it might nothave been that good and there were no open ends or unanswered questionsleft at the end. A great movie to sit through, though probably not morethan twice unless it ends up on TV and there is nothing else on. I dohave to say, this was better than expected! The storyline was simple tofollow, but was able to get the moral and meaning out to everyone. Thetheater I was in erupted in applause after the movie. Not because itwas over, but because it was that good.
Very funny movie in the first part. The bad thing about the movie iswhen Eddie in no talking. The best part is when he make sounds like abird. The guy from Starbucks is playing very good. His wife is hot. Theguru guy is a bit annoying with his English (like me). The ratingshould be higher. His secretary is playing good but hi need to changehis face. The wasted part of the movie is his mother, no need thosescenes. I repeat one scene many times "let me be a big bird! lol Theidea of the movie is brilliant, the message is good, but is not thebest choice Eddie Murphy, this guy is talking more then a thousand perhour. I want to see him talking all the time, never stops, a movie allabout him, like a stand up comedy.
I had previously seen Tower Heist last year with Eddie Murphy in it andabsolutely loved it. I know it wasn't the best, it had flaws, but Eddieshined in his role. I thought it was a great comeback and was even moreexcited when i heard he was coming out in yet another movie. Little didi know that he had filmed this movie some years ago, it is barelycoming out in theaters. I have to say, it is awful. Basically thebeginning is the best part of the whole movie, if there is a good part.Eddie plays a literary agent who uses his mouth to get a book deal fromjust about everyone. When he runs into a guru, played by Cliff Curtis,he sees through his lies and curses him with a tree with 1000 leaves.He spends the whole movie saying "I didn't plant that tree" and "Onlyyou can stop this curse". I found it both annoying and repetitive. Whatreally angered me, was Eddies assistant, played by Clark Duke who manyknow from hits like Hot Tub Machine or Kick Ass. While he was good inthose roles, in this one, he is utterly useless and annoying. I justwanted to leave the theater whenever he came out, it was really thatbad his performance. When Eddie loses his ability to speak, the filmtakes a turn for the worst. Even the infamous scene at starbuckscouldn't fix this movie. I couldn't believe they used starbucks in thisjunk of a movie, what was starbucks thinking. Overall, do NOT watchthis movie. If you want to have any form of respect for Eddie Murphy asan actor, watch Tower Heist and end it with that. Skip this abominationof a movie that obviously wasn't released earlier because of how awfulit is. I wish i could say it was funny at least, but it left me with abad taste in my mouth, much like last year's Jack and Jill, the moviethat ultimately made me give up hope for Adam Sandler. Hope this helps!
This movie is just more proof of how low Eddie Murphiy's career hassunk.I didn't laugh once throughout this whole film and it's borderline theworst movie i've seen all year. It was shot in 2008 and shelved tillthis year and it's really obvious why they did because it'smind-numbingly awful. It's a one note joke that's taken and stretchedinto a 90 minute movie. Every scene is just Eddie Murphy doing exactlythe same thing he's been doing in every movie he's been in the lastcouple years. The set pieces are awful and a lot of them don't evenmake any sense. It's so terrible that it gets to a point where it'sjust painful and sad to watch. I wasn't even 15 minutes into the moviebefore it was already annoying me by how bad it was. And just when youthink things can't get any worse, the movie all the sudden turns into adrama in the last 20 minutes and becomes Eddie Murphy's The Tree ofLife.There really isn't all that much more to say about A Thousand Wordsother than it's another pile of crap from Murphy. I'm done defendingEddie Murphy after this pile of crap. Not even a thousand words candescribe how bad A Thousand Words really is.
I've been an Eddie Murphy fan since I first saw him on "Saturday NightLive" back in 1980. I've laughed at most of his stuff on TV and moviesmost of that time. I haven't seen everything he's done but what I'veseen I've mostly enjoyed. So it is that I indeed enjoyed this knowingmany of the things he does and says in this movie can be quite eithersilly or stupid but what can I say, I still find him very funny. AndClark Duke who plays his assistant also got plenty of laughs from meespecially when he does his version of a street smart person. I alsofound Kerry Washington appealing as his wife and Ruby Dee as his mothernicely playing someone who seems to live in the past since she keepsmistaking her son for her since-abandoned husband. I thought AllisonJanney was wasted as his boss, however. Oh, and I also loved the comicchemistry between him and Jack McBrayer as a Starbucks employee. Insummary, A Thousand Words is no great shakes, but it was stillentertaining enough for me.
Wow. So stupid. Blowing leaves 'out cho mouth'. Should've blown em' outhis...well you get the push back here to such a stupid movie. Nothingwrong with the message - the importance of family really only thingthat matters - over money and success, but so completely, painfully,ridiculously demonstrated in a non sensical plot idea and childish,unfunny Murphy-mannerisms that really pushes ones limits in not walkingout on this...bad, and I mean pap-bad movie presentation. The endingmakes the point about these important things of life, but getting thereis about as painful of a movie watching experience that you'll sufferfor quite some time. Note too, that I didn't resort to being too cruelhere and completely sarcastic, like one might feel as revenge forwatching this movie. This movie simply does not deliver.
The central idea of the movie, a magical tree with its life linked tothat of Jack, that dies when Jack speaks a thousand words, thus forcinghim to think hard before he says anything, forcing him to bepredominantly quiet from a boisterous agent, is not only unique butalso endearing.The movie refrains from any slapstick comedy which has becomecharacteristic of Eddie Murphy. It was this I was fearing the most anddid not watch the movie for more than a couple of months even afterdownloading it.It leaves you with these thoughts: are you introspecting enough? areyou in touch with who you really are? do you know what makes you happy,or are you just going through the motions of life, doing what youbelieve the society respects and your family wants from you.Maturely handled, the movie refrains from being self-help andsermonizing. It has a power packed messaged, wrapped in the capsule ofentertaining fiction.Easily one of the better Murphy movies.
The movie has a great message for showing actions speak louder thanwords. However, the idea of the tree was most certainly not my choiceon the delivery. A better idea and better writers could have done thetrick. The movie was good as far as keeping my attention and havingsome great action scenes. It was entertaining and brought a tear to myeye with regard to it's family values. In reference to the acting, itwas the same old Eddie Murphy, average acting in a poorly writtenstory. Even though he is in the top ten highest earning actors thisyear.I only give it a 6 for the message it sends.
Eddie Murphy brings his acting chops in the latter half of the film,and the beginning bit where he can talk is also pretty spot on. Thereis lots of Starbucks tho, product placement or what? Sassy Eddie -classic!!!In conclusion, 9.0/10.0.P.S This film also had a lot of flaws including, but not limited too,it wasn't very entertaining, it didn't really work as a film, it hadclunky script, barely any nudity and not enough explosions. But asidefrom this, it was a very competent and capable waste of 90 minutes. P.P.S This film is better than Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2.
Here is a comedy which could have fell flat with another actor in thelead. In other words, Murphy is ideal for the role of a man who issuddenly cursed with a tree whose leaves keep track of the lastthousand words he speaks. This is actually an original concept. Isthere any other movie about a man cursed by (or with) a tree? If thereis, I've never heard of it. Of course, critics will pan these kinds ofcomedies (especially when they take a couple years to be released). Whycritics are so susceptible to hating movies is beyond me. The endinghowever, feels tacked on. *** out of ****
This movie was reminiscent of Eddies Murphy's "Trading Places" for me.It's kind of a modern fable/comedy/light social commentary. In bothmovies, Murphy's character is a successful businessman who is a littlelost personally and spiritually (which is an immediately recognizablesensation for almost anyone at some point in their lives). External,and vaguely spiritual forces intervene (in the Case of Trading places,2 bosses who take their roles from God and Satan from the story of Job)and in the case of 1000 words, this external force takes the form anew- age spiritual guru played by Cliff Curtis. New-age spiritual gururoles are traditionally played for laughs, but Curtis displays somecomedic- inspired subtle turns here and the film overall displays asurprising sensitivity towards spiritual matters in general. As intrading places, Murphy's character has problems to overcome, difficultdecisions to make, and ultimately has the chance to complete a personaland spiritual transformation of his own.The writing is not Oscar-worthy and at times low-brow but (at least tome) frequently hilarious--especially in scenes where Murphy's silencedraws people in to saying things about themselves they really weren'tintending to. As in other Murphy movies, there is some gentle socialcommentary and nerdy white people are often played for laughs--Murphy'sassistant is especially hilarious as he inverts the common logic of theuncool/uptight white guy at times to assume a "gangsta" persona to takeover Murphy's job duties while Murphy can only watch, wide-eyed, as thesilent straight man.This film ultimately won me over with it's good-natured, intelligent,writing and acting. Comedy bits, while while often off-color, neversteer into the clichÃ©d or mean-spirited. Don't go in expecting too muchand you might leave the theater with a warm, if slightly fuzzy,spiritual feeling of you own.
Eddie Murphy has always been one of my childhood favorites, when itcomes to Hollywood comedians. But it turns out that his career mightrun out of gas too soon with "A Thousand Words". This is a painful,depressing, tasteless, unfunny, and annoying excuse for cinema, orbetter yet, existence. It's just flat-out terrible! Eddie Murphy playsJack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who believes he can talkhis way into making a major book deal, without even reading a book. Butwhen trying to win a deal from an Indian self-help guru, a Boddhi treesuddenly grows in his backyard, and it immediately puts a curse on poorJack. Every time Jack speaks a word, a leaf will fall off the tree. Themore he talks, the more leaves will fall, and if all the leaves fallfrom the tree, the tree will die, and if the tree dies, Jack will die.This isn't a Nolan mind-freak movie, this is just flat-out ridiculous.Every single minute of this movie, I was sitting in such anuncomfortable stage, while I was brutally tortured by this mess. Theentire 91-minute movie is just complete nonsense, it's not funny, it'snot entertaining, but it's just there to waste your time...or to justinsult your everlasting intelligence. This movie hardly had any funnymoments, I sat through the entire thing, not laughing at a single jokethat came out somebody's mouth. The writing is just lazy anduninspired, and the directing is just flat-out unnecessary. Somemoments are totally unbelievable, unrealistic, unremarkable, andincredibly terrorizing. When this movie tries it's best to beheartwarming and sympathetic, in some of the more dramatic scenes, itjust does not work, since this movie was filled with just awful comedy.Besides, the idea of removing Eddie Murphy's voice for an entire 90minutes, and having him act it out, is just not a smart idea. I justlearned that this movie was filmed in 2008, but the release date hasbeen delayed plenty of times, until finally released in 2012. Wow,that's weak. Eddie Murphy's best years are behind him. His most recentfilms, "Meet Dave", "Imagine That", and "Tower Heist" were all prettydisappointing. Now, this once iconic comedian that brought us "TradingPlaces", "Beverly Hills Cop", and "Coming to America", has now been apart of one of the worst movies of this or any other year. "A ThousandWords", in my review, "painfully unfunny, and depressingly awfultrain-wreck".
With all the technical and sci-fi craps going on and on around, here uget a feel free, light movie which will steal your heart. Don't prepareyourself for anything in the movie, instead just go out and watch. Iwould not take it as a great comedy movie, not an inspirational one,not a drama. I will not take it into any genre. A movie with goodperformances, may not have the logic one looks out for, some good funnyscenes, light background music, decent cinematography, may not beflawless but above average screenplay and moreover a good message. Youwouldn't call that a message, but something of that sort. You want alight time pass after hard work and pressure at your workplace, this isone such movie.....
What happened to Eddie Murphy? He was such a fabulous comedian/actor inthe 1980's with stuff like 48 Hrs., the first 2 Beverly Hills Copmovies, Saturday Night Live, his comedy specials and stuff like Comingto America. But since then he's gone and done absolutely terriblegarbage like this movie. Needs to get his edge back and stop doing allthese safe family films.I guess that it could be worse, it's not quite as bad as Norbit oranything like that but nevertheless doesn't change the fact that Murphyis pretty much on pace to set a Razzie record for most nominationsever.The one redeeming value in this movie was being able to see the ever sobeautiful Kerry Washington dressed or actually not that dressed forthat one scene in this movie.
Captivating, unpredictable, thematic.This is a movie not the deep psychological inner exploration of ethicalhuman behaviour and how it affect friends and families. Not sure whylow rating on a great movie with great acting. There may not be enoughstory development but still the story has a straight target throughoutthe movie. It is fun filled story. Cativating all along the story. Tryfast forward random sections and you would know what I mean. Thespiritual context may not be realistic but still proves the point.There is enough ups and downs. What gets the most of the attention isthe relationship breakdown that he had with the farther and mother.
...not close to a thousand words for this one. I've enjoyed EddieMurphy pictures, but this one...not so much. It was an interestingstory line, but I found it to lack "substance"; it felt very void ofheart/interest...just a series of actions linked together with a uniqueconcept. If I weren't compulsive about seeing the ending of movies Istart viewing, I would have left.There were a few touching or funny moments. For example, the finalscene between Eddies' character and his mother; Starbucks scenes; Additionally, there were redeeming aspects at conclusion of the movie.I appreciated the themes of "healing" and "family".
Eddie has been involved in a lot of crap since the release of "Raw".It's almost as if he felt a debt to society and his family to startmaking cheesy, family films. The results have been under-whelming tosay the least.This is Eddie's best film in many years. The plot is ridiculous as withmuch of what he's been associated with of late, but Eddie is on top ofhis game here. This film is right up there with Eddie's best over thelast 2 decades WHICH ISN'T saying much, but it does make it worth theprice of admission at the very least. That's to say it's nearly as goodas "The Nutty Professor" or "Boomerang", but a clear notch above filmslike "Bowfinger" and "Norbit".He's genuinely funny here, but the script isn't all that funny overall.He carries much of the weight with his expressions and physical comedy.The other saving grace is the heart of the film. The film does carrynice message, and tugs the heartstrings for those who make the timeinvestment on this one.I was surprised, but that might have had as much to do with myexpectations as it did anything else.I can marginally recommend this for those who like a light-heartedcomedy.Eddie still has it! He does! You get glimpses of it here. All usol'timer's are still waiting for him to tackle a great project with an"R" rating, but this film is far better than it's score here oranywhere else.Not that I blame the audience - but it seems as if the reputation ofEddie making bad films has put a seriously negative spin on what isactually a decent little film here. Let's not trample on the guy.My biggest gripe was with one particular scene where the CGI isover-blown and unnecessary but other than that, this film wasn't bad atall.Scoring it exactly the same as another rental from yesterday, "ThinIce", 65/100, and rounding it to 7. I don't feel bad about it either.Not nearly as bad as I had anticipated.You might like this if you liked: Yes Man(slightly better or even), TheNutty Professor(slightly better or even), and Bruce Almighty(slightlybetter).
I know there are a stack of Eddie Murphy fans out there who wouldn'tunderstand the crux and meaning of this film if you paid them to, andin a way I felt that Eddie Murphie was out of his depth with this film.Imagine for one tiny little moment that a doctor told you that he/sheknew that from today, every false, loose, and shallow word you spoke,pushed you nearer and nearer to your death, and that you had at least1,000 words left to speak before you died, try and imagine how youwould feel ?, what you would do ?, and what words and to whom, youwould say them, from today ?.This is the crux of Eddie Murphy's plight. Again I did not like Murphyin this film, I felt this type of "thinking person's" film was out ofhis league, and in my view I was proved correct.So when you, whomever you are, and where ever you are, stop reading myreview, remember the lesson from this film is that words are tools tolife, ie the minute you open your mouth you will either possiblyoffend, or make someone's day.And remember you have a life to live, and I wonder how many words youwill use, but not carefully construct, throughout your short existenceon this planet ?So, when you next say "have a nice day" to someone, mean it. And don't"tell" your wife, girlfriend, husband or boy friend you love them, showit, prove it, because well thought out words lead to actions, shallowmeaningless words, do not. And that's the difference.I believe Nicholas Cage produced this film. He should have taken thelead role. In my opinion.