Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Thousand Words 2012

     Jack McCall is a wheeler and dealer literary agent.  He wants to sign spiritual guru Dr. Sinja to a book deal so he can publish Dr. Sinja’s book.  An interesting item Jack doesn’t know is that the book is only five pages.  A copy is sent to Jack’s office after the deal is made.  Jack doesn’t believe in anything Dr. Sinja’s is talking about until a bodhi tree shows up in Jack’s backyard.  Every time Jack speaks a word, a leaf falls off the tree and it’s possible Jack will die when the tree dies?
     I almost didn’t watch this film but it started to become interesting because of the tree theory.  Murphy is as crazy as ever in his comedy.  It is funny when he needs to talk to people with as few words as possible or no words.  He is usually belittling people and being a ‘big shot!!’  3* (This movie is OK)

91 min, Comedy directed by Brian Robbins with Eddie Murphy Cliff Curtis, Kerry Washington, Emanuel Ragsdale, Jill Basey, Greg Collins, Allison Janey.

Note:  Imdb 5.9 out of 10, 0% critic 47% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 1 ½*, Amazon 3.9* out of 5* with 191 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Bel Air and Los Angeles, California.  DreamWorks produced this film in 2008 but it was not released until 2012.  The opening in the US was a disaster.  The UK release was dropped in spite of theaters and trailers advertising the release.  At one time the dropping of the leaves doesn’t match Jack’s number of words?

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