First trailer arrives for Eddie Murphy's A Thousand Words

Words fail us...

It’s been a fairly rough week for Eddie Murphy. With talk of a comeback boosted by favourable Tower Heist reviews and the promise of Hollywood’s hottest gig as host of the Oscars, the rug was swiftly pulled away thanks to Brett Ratner’s foot-in-mouth “rehearsals” moment.

Now, not only has Eddie stepped down from Oscar-hosting duties, but a new trailer has arrived to promote upcoming comedy A Thousand Words. And quite frankly, it’s an out and out stinker.

Murphy stars as Jack McCall, a literary agent whose stock in trade is the ability to close any deal with a torrent of silver-tongued yammering. However, an encounter with a New Age guru and a magic tree (yes, really) means Jack only has a thousand words left to say before he, er, dies.

Check out the trailer below. It might not be intentionally funny, but we found ourselves chuckling away regardless…

The coffee-ordering scene alone would seem to explain Eddie’s recent decision to turn his back on half-baked, family friendly comedies. In fairness to him, this one has been made for almost a year now, but the trailer couldn’t have arrived at a worse time.

A Thousand Words also stars Kerry Washington and Alison Janney, and arrives in UK cinemas on 6 April 2012. Let’s hope they’ve saved back the best jokes for the finished film. That’s usually how trailers work, right?


Are we being too harsh on this, or not harsh enough? Tell us what you think!


    • blade32

      Nov 11th 2011, 13:33

      George Wales, were you in a bad mood when you wrote this? Trailer looks ok. Not the best in the world, but entertaining. Looks better than Pluto Nash or Norbit. and why couldnt it have arrived at a worse time? Murphy pulling out of the oscars isnt going to stop people watching his movies

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    • clearwriter

      Nov 11th 2011, 15:10

      Why wouldn't a trailer for a comedy be intentionally funny? That's nonsensical. I think the writers on here are now deliberately writing in such a way, so as to get a rise out of the readers, a negative one.

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    • gwales

      Nov 11th 2011, 15:22

      @clearwriter - My point was that any laughs it gets are unintentional. I genuinely don't think it's a funny trailer, but I may well be in the minority!

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    • marc96

      Nov 11th 2011, 17:20

      i think it looks okay, not one i would go watch at the cinema though and you know its going to have a sentimental ending where he's learnt the error of his ways... basically its going to be liar liar lol

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    • FBALyta

      Nov 12th 2011, 20:54

      Download films in HD

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