Though filmed in 2008, Eddie Murphy’s comedy A Thousand Words has just been released this weekend. The film follows a fast-talking literary agent, Jack (Murphy), who has developed the ability to get everything that he needs or wants whenever he needs or wants it, but he is suddenly faced with a life or death situation when he realizes he only has a thousand words left to speak before he dies. Having gotten used to using words to get into or out of anything he wants, Jack needs to learn when words are truly necessary, which will transitively make Jack realize what parts of his life are most important and most valuable.
From the film’s previews and commercials, A Thousand Words appears to be another of Murphy’s throw-away comedies, and Rotten Tomatoes seems to agree with that. The site’s consensus states, “Dated jokes (A Thousand Words was shot in 2008) and removing Eddie Murphy’s voice — his greatest comedic asset — dooms this painful mess from the start,” and the film has earned a critical consensus of 0%.
While this will make many Eddie Murphy fans groan again, I have decided that it is more worthwhile to look back at the films that made us fall in love with him instead of lament over the ones that have made us hate him. These ten films are worth revisiting because of their impact on Murphy’s career or because of how they utilize the undeniably talented Murphy. Here are the Top 10 Eddie Murphy Films.