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'A Thousand Words': Smashing hopes of Eddie Murphy comeback

A movie review of "A Thousand Words," starring Eddie Murphy as a fast-talking literary agent who must learn to be a better person after a Bodhi tree sprouts in his back yard and loses a leaf with every word he says. When the tree's branches are bare, he will keel over dead.

The Miami Herald

Movie review 1 stars

'A Thousand Words,' with Eddie Murphy. Directed by Brian Robbins, from a screenplay by Steve Koren. 82 minutes. Rated PG-13 for vulgar language, sexual situations, adult themes. Several theaters.

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In "Tower Heist," Eddie Murphy seems energized and poised for a comeback. In "A Thousand Words," the actor smashes all those hopes to bits.

Maybe he just doesn't read his scripts, much like his character Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent who doesn't read manuscripts. Jack just knows how to package books so they sell. The premise of "A Thousand Words" is that Jack must learn to be a better person after a Bodhi tree sprouts in his back yard and loses a leaf with every word he says. When the tree's branches are bare, Jack will keel over dead.

"A Thousand Words" was directed by Brian Robbins, who also worked with Murphy on "Norbit" and "Meet Dave." Suddenly, those two movies feel like career high points.

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