Not that long ago, an Eddie Murphy was a box-office slam-dunk.
And then came "Meet Dave."
And "Imagine That."
DreamWorks' "A Thousand Words," which stars Murphy as a fast-talking book agent, is finally being released nearly four years after it was filmed. Paramount, which releases DreamWorks movies made at the studio before Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider's company moved to Disney, isn't expecting "A Thousand Words" to break any records.
Paramount initially hoped that "A Thousand Words" would benefit from Murphy's work in the ensemble caper comedy "A Tower Heist" and his hosting this year's Oscars. But "Tower Heist" fizzled fast, and Murphy quit as the Oscar MC when Brett Ratner (who directed "Tower Heist") was forced to resign as the Academy Awards' producer.
This week's Word of Mouth column looks at the film's troubled history, with this video preview:
Photo: Eddie Murphy. Credit: Chris Pizzello/Associated Press