Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Thousand Words - My Review

A Thousand Words  -  2012  - Directed by Brian Robbins

For my money no actor had a better string of comedies in his heydey than Eddie Murphy did. 48 Hours, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming To America, Harlem Nights. All movies that continue to make me laugh. So it pains me when he keeps showing up in tired, witless so called comedies like "A Thousand Words."

Murphy stars as a literary agent who never stops talking who meets a spiritual guru who introduces him to a tree (not making this up) and then the tree begins losing leaves everytime he speaks and eventually he will die when all the leaves fall. ( Of course, no one ever tells him that would be the final result so I'm not sure how he came to this conclusion ) Along the way he realizes the error of his ways with work and family and begins to prioritize his life.

Brian Robbins, who previously directed Murphy in Meet Dave and Norbit, should officially never be allowed to direct him in anything ever again. He clearly is not helping. What made Eddie a star was his infectious charm and comedic wit mixed with great stories and competent directing. 2 of the 3 have been missing for years now.

Rating: 3 out of 10

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