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A Thousand Words Family Movie Review

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MPAA Rating

for sexual situations including dialogue, language and some drug-related humor


Brian Robbins

Eddie Murphy, Cliff Curtis, Kerry Washington, Clark Duke, Allison Janney

Paramount Pictures

Release Date/In Theaters

A Thousand Words Movie Summary

A Thousand Words Movie Review: What would you say if you only had 1,000 words left before you die? Eddie Murphy plays a smooth-talking guy, in a comedy, who discovers he has a limited time and words left before he dies.

A Thousand Words Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger

            Our words have weight and no one knows that better than Jack McCall. After stretching the truth, just a little, with a spiritual guru, Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. With every word that Jack speaks, the Bodhi tree losses a leaf. When all of the leaves have fallen, Jack’s life is over. Jack must choose his words carefully, as the tree only has 1,000 leaves. This family movie review considers A Thousand Words to be a delightful comedy but one that may not be appropriate for children of all ages. After all, it does star Eddie Murphy.

            The antics of this movie create non-stop comedy as Jack tries to keep his mouth shut. Jack gets himself into quite a few predicaments and it seems that everyone wants to hear more from him, for once. Like many Eddie Murphy movies, the film is filled to the brim with clever lines and situations. It is absolutely hysterical, but the question that this parental guide to the movies must ask is if it is a good movie for the kids.

            The answer to whether this movie is a good kid’s movie can be answered by two words, “Eddie Murphy.” Although he is, in many opinions, absolutely one of the funniest comedians on earth, he does not have a reputation for family friendly movie content. The movie was rated a PG-13 for sexual situations, which included dialogue and language. True to form, this movie also contains some drug-related humor.

            The final verdict is that this movie may be appropriate for those 13 and older, but it all depends on your own family values. Everyone will see this movie differently. Some may consider it to be appropriate for your preteens and teens, while other parents would not be happy campers. This family movie review rated this movie closer to the R side of the scale due to Eddie Murphy’s tendency towards sexual jokes and drug related jokes. It does not cross the line to an R (technically) but as with many Eddie Murphy movies, it is not far off. Whether you decide to allow your kids to see this one is really up to the individual, but if you do, don’t say that we did not warn you.

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