More news on a March release: It’s been since November since we talked about Eddie Murphy’s new movie, A Thousand Words, which was supposed to be the next step on his comeback tour. Tower Heist opened strong, but had no legs and fell off dramatically after the first week. Then there was that whole Academy Awards debacle.
The film itself seems like it’s taking an awful lot from Liar Liar, a Jim Carrey vehicle that benefitted enormously from its supporting cast, including Maura Tierney. In A Thousand Words, it’s not lies Murphy’s Jack McCall can’t utter, it’s words in general. This high concept piece of dross Otherwise it’s basically the same except we get to see Murphy playing a two hour game of charades.
“After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis), fast talking literary agent Jack McCall’s life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard. With every word Jack speaks, a leaf falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree are no more. The tree’s appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word we speak. Words have never failed Jack McCall, but now he’s got to stop talking and conjure up some outrageous ways to communicate or he’s a goner."
We have a new poster courtesy of our friends at HeyUGuys I’m very very skeptical about this. It’s been in the can for over a year. A Thousand Words was originally scheduled for January, but was moved to March to better capitalize on Murphy’s Oscar appearance. Ummm…maybe they forgot about it and just left it there. A Thousand Words costars Kerry Washington, Clark Duke, Allison Janney and Ariel Winter and is scheduled to open March 23 in the US and 6 April in the UK.