‘A Thousand Words’ Trailer: Eddie Murphy Strikes Out Again

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 1:18 pm,

eddie murphy a thousand words A Thousand Words Trailer: Eddie Murphy Strikes Out Again

It’s been a rough week for Eddie Murphy, all things considered. First, the (former) comedic superstar’s latest film, Tower Heist, only managed a decent opening weekend gross at the U.S. box office. Then, Murphy called it quits as the 84th Oscars host, following the departure of (onetime) show producer Brett Ratner.

Now, there’s a trailer out for the long-delayed comedy, A Thousand Words – and, put bluntly, it makes the movie looks like yet another lackluster flick that features Murphy in the lead.

A Thousand Words is what one would call a “high-concept” movie, where the “concept” is as follows: Murphy plays a deceitful businessman who ends up being cursed so that he can only say (you guessed it) one thousand more words before he dies.

Cue scene after scene of Murphy mugging shamelessly as he tries to communicate with people while not speaking a single word… rather than, say, carrying around a mobile device (or, heck, even a good old-fashioned pen and paper pad) and claiming that he’s suffering from laryngitis or something along those lines.

Gaping plot holes like that are (of course) irrelevant in movies like this; what matters is whether or not the film is actually funny. So, does A Thousand Words look to deliver the comedy goods?

Decide what you think by watching the trailer for A Thousand Words below:

Most people would probably agree: just about every joke in this preview for A Thousand Words falls somewhat flat. Whether it’s Clark Duke (Kick-Ass) going with the overused “white guy tries to be hip” shtick, or Murphy desperately attempting to prevent a blind man from being killed while he crosses the street… this trailer makes it quite obvious why the film has been sitting on the shelf for over a year now.

If that’s not evidence enough, marinate on this for a moment: A Thousand Words was helmed by Brian Robbins (Good Burger, Norbit, Meet Dave) and scripted by Steve Koren (Bruce Almighty, Click, this week’s Jack and Jill). That resume doesn’t exactly inspire much confidence, to say the least…

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A Thousand Words is currently scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on March 23rd, 2012.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Ouch!!

    I am not disagreeing… but (Peter Griffin)

    hsssssss… ooowwwwww…hssssss…ooowwwwww

  2. haaa how is this any different than adam sandler movies?

  3. Oh come on. That looks funnier than half the crap that he’s been putting out recently lol. I think it actually might not be half bad. I liked that, “I like my baby back, baby back, baby back ribs” scene. For the record, I thought ‘Bruce Almighty’ and ‘Click’ were actually pretty good. And ‘Good Burger’ is a classic for 90′s kids (like me) lol. So by saying those credentials, it made me want to see it more.

  4. I don’t think its comeback material, but I would rather watch Eddie Murphy movies like this than any adam sandler movie in the last 15 years.

  5. Actually, this looks funnier than anything he’s done since Boomerang. I laughed at least 4 times, which is 4 times more than any Nutty Professor movie combined. Think this has promise, mainly b/c it’s just Eddie, no frills, no gimmicks, no fatsuit. Will give him a chance to do real physical comedy for once. Maybe a “Chaplin” moment?

  6. I don’t really follow Murphy, but this really doesn’t look that bad. Yeah, it’s not Oscar material or anything, but it’s not trying to be. I’d watch it.

  7. I heard Eddie Murphy hasn’t done stand up since he was 27. And listening to Ben Stiller and Ratner on Stern it sounds like he is still living off of the comedic genius from early in his career. Sad he doesn’t seem to try anymore.

  8. Reminds me of Liar Liar. Doesn’t look that horrible.

  9. Jesus.

  10. Like Chaps said, it’s reminds you of Liar Liar. I was expecting worse than what I saw, reading the article, but this doesn’t look all that bad to me. I might give it a shot.

  11. Okay, yeah, it’s stupid…but who’s quibbling? :)

  12. looks good to me

  13. Looks okay people need to lighten up also Bruce Almighty & Click were pretty godod films

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