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A Thousand Words (2012) Movie Information

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Brian Robbins


Eddie Murphy
Ariel Winter
Cliff Curtis
Allison Janney
Clark Duke
Kerry Washington





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A man learns he only has a thousand words left to say before he dies.

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Matthew Brady 08/27/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Just playing awful.

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Daniel Corleone 11/15/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Eddie plays Jack McCall, a cocky agent from a publishing firm who uses his words to close deals. One day he becomes one with a tree that grew in-front of his house. Some films tend to confuse because of the way it wants to go, this one tried to be a fantasy, drama, comedy all in one. This flick also reminded this critic of Forrest Gump, with lousy artists and direction. Eddie Murphy was good as always but the rest of the supporting characters felt unbelievable. Overall, not really one of the worst films Eddie Murphy was in, it was just way too ludicrous and preachy for a comedy.

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mitchellyoung 07/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Chalk this up to another in the string of Eddie Murphy duds. Here, Murphy sleepwalks through a mostly joyless role, going through the motions in a mess of a leaky plot. There are, it should be said, a handful of redeeming scenes that would be meaningful in a better movie, but the bulk is both stupid and unfunny.

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05/24/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Come on! It is not as bad as you think.

Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) is one business man who gets whatever he wants as he uses his words to deceive people. One day, he speaks lies to a spiritual guru and finds himself with a magical tree as his life indicator. Each time he says a word, a leaf falls.


OKAY. I see that most people do not appreciate this film. I would say that nothing was really great about this film, but ALSO, I should say that when I saw this one, it surprises me, I expected less but it gave something that exceeded my expectations. GREAT MESSAGE, yes! The story passed on my criteria. Eddie Murphy and the rest of the gang entertained me enough. I cannot give so much praise on it, but it was a decent watch for me. I guess, this was more of a family drama, I think. Something that a family will enjoy watching...

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01/12/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Make each word count!!

Eddie plays Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent who will do and say anything to close a deal. When he goes after the most sought after author, spiritual self-guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis), the guru sees through his deceit and agrees to the deal, only to later deliver a five-page book. Later that night Jack goes home to find an unusual tree in his yard. . After finding out that the tree loses a leaf every time Jack says a word he refuses to speak at all, as doing so will keep the tree, and him, alive but soon his work, marriage, and friendships are all affected.

I was entertained. There is a core of message there, of being true to yourself and those important to you, spouse, children, parents and friends. Worth a look if you’ve got nothing better to look at.

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08/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

with or without words Murphy is still hilarious!

Ok seeing the reviews of this film would normally make film goers run for their lives. mind you i will say that it definatly wasn't worth the price of admission although it wasn't as bad as some might say either. I have always liked Eddie Murphy, he doesnt make the blockbuster films that he once made during the 80/90's however always is a comfortable presence on the big screen. now let's not put all the blame upon Eddie himself as he didn't write or direct this film. He just acts his way through what he believes to be a good acting choice in the long run.

This time around Eddie plays Jack, a fast talking literary agent who after signing a new age self help guru named Dr. Sinja ( Cliff Curtis) Now Sinja's claim to fame is he can see through anyone's lies and or curse that has been cur...

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Got a chance to talk to actor Ariel Felix about his role in "A Thousand Words." Here's what he said:

Tell me about your role in A THOUSAND WORDS

Ariel: I play a Jr. Agent who has a couple of dealings with Eddie Murphy's character.  He plays a high profile literary agent and it follows him after he stretches the truth on a deal.  Aside from the film being funny, it holds a good lesson on the consequences of every word we speak. And for the record, I didn't pattern my character after my agents. ;-)

In real life, are you similar or different from your character's personality?

Ariel: I try to inject a little bit of myself in the characters I play, so there's some similarity.

Was it hard trying to keep a straight face on set with Eddie Murphy?

Ariel: At times, definitely.  At times, definitely.  I'm a big fan and there were times when they'd be setting up a shot and I'd look over to Eddie who looks to be focusing on what he has to do in the upcoming scene, and all these great characters he played would come to mind and it would crack me up.  This one instance I remember a crew guy asking me what was so funny and I was like, "...Any boob can run a daycare center...!" 

How was working with director Brian Robbins?

Ariel: It was cool, man.  I actually ended up auditioning for a TV project he was directing months after filming for "A Thousand Words" wrapped. We talked about it a little bit.    

Any funny or unusual stories you can tell us about from behind the scenes?

Ariel: There's one scene in particular where I had to go up and down this long staircase in "the agency" to say something to Eddie.  I don't even know how many takes we did, but after the 5th time, I remember thinking that I could definitely be in better cardio shape!

What's your favorite movie snack?

Ariel: Large popcorn with butter, KitKat or Nestle Crunch bar (or both) and a Coke.  

Overall, I'm not so sure about the film, but Ariel sure was a good sport!

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