Saturday, May 24, 2008

FILM: Eddie Murphy is speechless in "A Thousand Words"

Eddie Murphy is sort of an extremist. He either picks a really good part (Dreamgirls) or a really bad part (Norbit). So if you're not excited about his summer alien comedy Meet Dave, maybe you'll be interested in seeing the next movie he's about to start shooting called A Thousand Words. It's about a guy who learns that he only has a 1,000 words that he can say before he dies. Obviously it's a dramedy, since it sounds fantastical enough to be funny, but it's still kind of depressing.

The plot sort of plays on that game that everyone has had to have played in their life, "What would you do if you only had 24 hours to live?" But instead of spending 2hrs of a movie in a strip club/Las Vegas, they upped the ante by adding a more definitive cause of death--a self-inflicting one. I don't know about you, but I've never seen a speechless Murphy. I think it sounds like it could be good. However, Steve Koren is writing and he doesn't exactly have a great track record when it comes to comedies. I mean, if you liked Evan Almighty, Click, Bruce Almighty, Superstar, and Night at the Roxbury, then you might find it hilarious. But I'm not exactly a fan of his work, so hopefully Murphy puts the fat suit away and helps him bring the funny.

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