Eddie Murphy stars in “A Thousand Words,” a movie about a well-paid literary agent, Jack McCall, who does not read books. McCall is good at the hard sell and believes he can make a deal with anyone, including a famous-around-the-world guru, Dr. Sinju (Cliff Curtis), who has written a book that McCall’s company wants to represent, sight unseen.
At the retreat Dr. Sinju runs, McCall receives a splinter from a special tree. That night, while McCall and his wife, Caroline (Kerry Washington), are discussing moving to a more child friendly neighborhood and house, the tree pops up in the backyard. It turns out that with every word McCall utters or writes, a leaf falls from the Bodhi tree. Sinju tells McCall that when the leaves are all gone he will die, so he better stop talking…The rest is less ridiculous, somewhat amusing, but totally predictable. Other notable characters are McCall’s mother (sweet Ruby Dee), who has Alzheimer’s and keeps mistaking him for his father, his dorky assistant (Clark Duke), and his boss (Allison Janney).
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.