Monday, June 18, 2012

A Thousand Words (2012)

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This film is sort of an Eddie Murphy attempt at a Tyler Perry movie without Madea. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I happen to be a fan of several Tyler Perry Films and Eddie Murphy movies for that matter. Eddie seems to be trying to blend a little crude humor with the daunting presence of family fun found within most of his recent movies. Tower Heist was also one of these films. While I appreciate the message of A Thousand Words, I would have rather watched Tower Heist again.

This movie also stars the lesbian from Hot Tub Time Machine. He again has nerd nailed and provides another amusing performance. This movie makes me wonder if Eddie has a comedy as satisfying as Beverly Hills Cop was when it came out left within his career, or as many have criticized can we just expect variations of a formula known to please and undoubtedly satisfy a certain profit margin but ultimately dance with mediocrity. A Thousand Words is worth the "date night" ticket price, but both Eddie and film unsurprisingly play it safe with the audience. I found the boundary pushing of a PG-13 rating commendable, and I got a little man misty on occasion.

3.2 Stars.