Jack encounters a Bodhi tree at Dr. Sinja's compound and it mysteriously follows him home. Every time he speaks leaves fall from the tree and he moves a step closer to death. The only two people that believe him are his toolbox assistant Aaron Wiseberger (Clark Duke) and Dr. Sinja because he recognizes the tree has relocated. The health of the tree is directly connected to the life force of the literary agent. No matter how hard Jack attempts to placate the tree by rearranging his life to better suit his spouse and son, the leaves keep falling. Jack tries to limit the amount of ordinary banter which leads to laughs and some heartache, but always in the background is the realization that he will soon perish. Just what does the tree expect if anything at all? Every leaf that drops is of powerful significance.
A Thousand Words is a perfect concept for Eddie Murphy. He is normally a chatterbox. Limiting his wordplay is all but guaranteed to generate laughter. Still, Cliff Curtis, Carrie Washington and Clark Duke is a poor supporting cast that hurts more than they help. Murphy is a star and he needs to concentrate on better using his time while still young in appearance. One the uncrowned king of comedy, Eddie Murphy is now something of a sideshow. Viewers cannot help but to associate him with Donkey from Shrek. The endpoint is, A Thousand Words is a stale family film that delivers only on one promise; it showcases Eddie Murphy and perhaps that's all audiences really care about.
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