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Eddie Murphy needs more than A Thousand Words 

Comedy vehicle flawed, confusing and not very funny

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Big-shot publisher Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) makes a questionable choice signing a book deal with a meditation guru, Sinja (Cliff Curtis), and a tree pops up his backyard (literally), shedding its leaves with each word Jack speaks; he is the tree, slowly dying. Of all A Thousand Words’s flaws, this is its loudest; the karmic lesson is convoluted and Sinja’s own ethics are unclear. Confusing and boring as it is, it’s not offensive, perhaps to a fault (no real boundary-pushing here)---you hold out hope Murphy has some funny left in him, but he provides only one, maybe two, laughable moments (including a two-minute sequence in which he’s accidentally stoned at a business meeting). Instead of pursuing greater lessons about how to live a righteous life, Murphy should stick to rubber-faced humour, though at this point, his heyday is well over.


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