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July 1, 2015
Great dramedy starring Eddie Murphy earns its PG-13 rating. Ages 12+
June 27, 2015
No estubo mal, pero hubiese sido peor.
Es... normal.
½ June 27, 2015
Was very disappointing. I thought it would be a lot funnier.
½ June 4, 2015
It's fun, until about half way through.
June 2, 2015
why say free when its not. #nothinginlifeisfree #truestory
½ April 3, 2015
This is a movie that asks Eddie Murphy not to talk. EDDIE MURPHY NOT TO TALK!!! That's like making an action movie with no action, ridiculous. The plot, while decent, could have been better used with a different actor and not someone who's career relies on the comedic lines that come from his mouth. Granted, the times Murphy did speak were funny at times. Unfortunately there were not many of those moments. Also, the way he mimed to people and the interpretations they took from it were beyond ridiculous and annoying most times. The character of Murphy's assistant played by Clark Duke was the most annoying and cringe-worthy character in the entire film. A mediocre effort that MAYBE stood a chance in other hands...but it wasn't. It's not the worst way to kill and hour and a half but it's far from the best. Extreme fans of Murphy may enjoy it. D+
March 21, 2015
Not one of his best, and certainly not that funny like Eddie usually is.
March 21, 2015
Another less than acceptable effort from Murphy. The premise here is uninspired - especially when one of Murphy's best features (along with facial expression), his voice, is taken away for the greater part of the movie - and the story is not very interesting. Washington has nothing to do here but complain. Waste of talent in an unfunny comedy.
March 1, 2015
Nothing much to say; it's what you'll expect from a late 2000s (albeit released in 2012) Eddie Murphy comedy.
½ February 28, 2015
A thousand Words (2012)
Rating: 0/5
"A Thousand Words" isn't really the kind of movie that makes you angry but there's nothing good about it whatsoever. The film is profoundly misguided with jokes that don't seem to be aiming for any particular audience, the plot itself is ludicrous and Eddie Murphy is probably at his most irritating ever. Maybe you can detect why this movie is so bad from the premise. Eddie Murphy plays fast-talking book agent Jack McCall who doesn't read books, he just sells them. He tricks a spiritual guru into letting McCall's firm represent his latest enlightening tome, which ends up being five pages. McCall is upset at the guru for pulling a fast one on him so the guru puts a curse on McCall in return. A tree grows in McCall's backyard and whenever he utters a word, a leaf falls off the tree. When the last leaf falls, McCall will die. But wait a second! How is McCall going to do his job and take care of his wife and newborn son without talking? Perhaps through... wacky antics?

In all fairness, the guru in the film doesn't actually place a curse on Jack McCall (that would have been more interesting). The tree sort of just appears out of nowhere because the universe hates the man. Why? Because he spends time at work providing for his family, isn't enthusiastic about moving out of the beautiful house with the pool he currently lives in and hates his no-good father who abandoned him and his mother when he was a child.

The real problem is that there is not one single person that acts like a genuine human being here. Let's say that you WERE afflicted with this kind of curse and that you couldn't talk anymore. What would you do? Would you go to your psychiatrist just to stay quiet? Would you go to work? Would you go to restaurants and try to order food? Of course you wouldn't, but Jack does. His life is literally on the line and he tries to go about his day like nothing's going on. If you didn't already dislike the character because he's a liar and a jerk, you won't like him because he's an idiot.

Everyone in this film is a badly written moron. Two prime examples are his assistant Aaron (Clark Duke) and his wife Caroline (Kerry Washington). The moment that Caroline notices that Jack isn't speaking to her, she immediately assumes that they are having all kinds of problems. He can't answer her questions and was too stupid to write down on a piece of paper exactly what is going on and keep it with him at all times so here come the contrived assumptions. She thinks his silence means at various points that a) he doesn't love her anymore b) they need to spice up their marriage c) he doesn't want to move out of the house d) he doesn't care about the safety of his son. It's one of those movies where apparently these two people have just met despite being married because there is no trust whatsoever. Next is Aaron. They desperately try and make this character funny and it never works. Clark Duke does his best "black guy" impersonation for Jack and predictably, he screws up all of the business deals. I suppose it makes sense that the dumbest guy in the office hired the stupidest intern to assist him, but it isn't funny, it's infuriating.

Murphy never speaks, so he jumps around miming what he wants to say just so everyone around him can misunderstand in the most ridiculous ways. Jack goes to the Starbucks, tries to order and leaves with CDs, muffins and at least a half dozen drinks. How do you misunderstand directions for coffee into a $68 order? When McCall points towards his head and mimics a gun motion (for three shots) I thought he was telling the clerk that a) he wanted to kill himself out of frustration, which I really sympathized with or b) he wanted the guy taking the order to drop dead, which I was hoping would happen.

Who is this movie was made for? You'd think with the nutty premise that it would be for children, but no. Murphy giving the finger, Aaron talks about strippers and sex in the office, Caroline dresses up like a dominatrix and there's quite a bit of cursing. Maybe it's for adults then? But what kind of adult would be tolerant of Eddie Murphy acting like a mime on acid for an hour and a half? Any adult would also be able to see through the obvious moments of forced sentiment made to have you forget how unlikeable the main character is and would not tolerate this brain-dead story.

I'm convinced that the people who edited the movie and added the special effects knew that this was an absolute train wreck and they did everything in their power to subliminally manipulate the audience into not burning down every print of this film. From the very beginning, if you look closely you can see that in the title of the film "A THOUSAND WORDS" as it fades out, the letters "USA" takes slightly longer to disappear. Coincidence? Maybe. But I think it's yet another subliminal attempt to make you "like" this film. Further proof comes with the ending, which is overly melodramatic and forces in a "nice message" that has no place in this story. It's such a predictable, lazy conclusion that you won't believe they went there.

Like I said, the movie isn't quite as infuriating as say... wearing a suit made of poison ivy, but this movie flat-out sucks. It's cheap, it's manipulative, it's overacted, it's generic, it's not funny. Ever. I can't think of anything good about it, and can't fathom anyone having a good time with it, so it gets the lowest review possible, a 0/5. (On Dvd, June 2014)
January 11, 2015
i loved it, had a great moral
½ January 10, 2015
Awful. One of the worst movies I've ever seen. I wish I could give it 0 stars
½ December 18, 2014
I don't see anything wrong about the movie - well, except the "Billy Madison"-type moment - when it's just a funny, well-performed Eddie Murphy original with some energy. (B)

(Full review coming soon)
December 10, 2014
This is painful to watch...I mean I guess the idea is kind of cool...but the execution is miserable. A man is cursed and if he says 1000 words he dies. For each word a leaf falls off a tree.

yes you read that right...I wasted my time watching this one and man it's bad..
Super Reviewer
October 9, 2014
Another free library rental that I wouldn't have paid full price (actually, anything) for.
Wasn't expecting a great deal, but this was okay to watch once.
Ending is enough to make you vomit, but leading up to it is okay with some amusing situations and characters. In particular I liked Jack Mcbrayer as the barista.
Quite an original idea for this genre. Sounds ridiculous on paper, but actually it does work. I do agree with the comments that Eddie does not have the facial expressions to pull off silence.
October 7, 2014
One of the most underrated films with Eddie Murphy. It has some laughs and it hit you directly in the heart. This one you have to see.
September 29, 2014
In the middle of all the clichźs of this kind of comedy, 'A Thousand Words' surprises with a good premise and some laughs provide by Eddie Murphy, but don't expect nothing extraordinary or you may be disappointed.
½ September 28, 2014
This is a formulaic comedy that might have felt more at home a decade ago, but it's harmless enough and easy to watch. Murphy plays a fast talking book agent who is struck with a curse: for each word he speaks, leaves fall off a magical tree. Should all leaves fall, he may die. A complicated path to redemption - through some very carefully chosen words - follows, but where the film's intentions, and message, are good, the level of storytelling and writing is not special enough to do the concept justice.
September 24, 2014
In theaters terrible, not worth it but sad.
September 13, 2014
Loved it. I cannot recommend this movie more.
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