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A Thousand Words (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 9 March 2012 (USA)
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After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word he speaks.

Director:

Brian Robbins

Writer:

Steve Koren
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Jack McCall
Kerry Washington ... Caroline McCall
Emanuel Ragsdale Emanuel Ragsdale ... Tyler McCall
Jill Basey ... Woman in Starbucks
Greg Collins ... Construction Worker
Robert LeQuang Robert LeQuang ... Starbucks Customer
Michael G. Wilkinson Michael G. Wilkinson ... Starbucks Customer
Lyndsey Nelson Lyndsey Nelson ... Starbucks Customer
Michael Cody Gilbert Michael Cody Gilbert ... Starbucks Customer
Lou Saliba ... Shrink
John Gatins ... Valet
Clark Duke ... Aaron Wiseberger
Cliff Curtis ... Dr. Sinja
Mitchell Fink ... Male Agent
Edi Patterson ... Young Female Agent
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Storyline

Jack McCall, played by Eddie Murphy, finds an unusual tree in his yard after an encounter with a spiritual guru. After discovering that with each word he speaks, a leaf drops off of the tree, Jack refuses to speak at all, as doing so will keep the tree, and him, alive. However, his work, marriage, and friendships are all affected by his choice. Can Jack figure out an alternative method of survival? Or will he simply have to live the rest of his life to the fullest? Written by Spikiki

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Taglines:

He only has 1000 words left to discover what matters the most. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual situations including dialogue, language and some drug-related humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Mil Palavras See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,176,280, 11 March 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,438,149, 27 May 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 2008, not released until 2012. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 3 mins) In the restaurant when Jack and Dr Sinja are talking, the woman behind the Dr, her hair changes from untied to tied and back to untied again throughout the shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack McCall: My name is Jack McCall. If you can hear me, what you're listening to is not the sound of my voice. It's the sound of my inner voice, the one inside my head. I'd like to talk to you, but I can't. Because if I say just one more sentence out loud... I'll die.
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Connections

References SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Lost Without U
Written by Robin Thicke and Sean Hurley
Performed by Robin Thicke
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Brutally Honest Review
29 June 2012 | by Diet Bacon ColaSee all my reviews

You will find reviews here using thousands of words in order to flame this movie, clearly they didn't understand it. You will know why after seeing it.

People are disappointed because they wanted to see an Eddy Murphy style comedy, the problem is this ain't a comedy it is a drama with a very good message. I loved Eddy Murphy in his first movies, he was a fast talking joke machine, he still is but the jokes are the same and comedy has moved on. For that matter I didn't like the comedy portion of this movie too much but I was deeply touched by the drama version. The solution to his problem is right in front of him and anyone who is willing to give this movie a fair chance will see it too and exactly this is what made the movie so strong because he is doing it all wrong and you want to scream at the screen and tell him what to do and how to do it.

In my opinion Eddy Murphy gave a partially brilliant performance. As I said I didn't enjoy the comedy too much, it was some sort of best of Eddy Murphy but when you are willing to accept that this is actually a drama and understand the comedy part as the metaphor that it is you will love this movie and maybe pull something valuable out of the message. For the concept of the message Eddy Murphy was the best possible actor for this role.


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