A Thousand Words (2012)

Plot: Famous for his rapid-fire talking and his sly ways, the self-centred top-shelf literary agent, Jack McCall, can surely talk his way out of almost anything. However, in an attempt to seal the deal with the quiet and peaceful New-Age guru, Dr Sinja, the spiritual leader sees right through Jack, and a magical tree sprouts up in his garden, bearing a strange connection with him. Now, for the first time in his life, Jack needs to be frugal with words, as the mysterious plant sheds a leaf with every word Jack chooses to squander. But, what would happen if the tree lost all its leaves? Can Jack understand the meaning of words, and above all, the essence of life?

Alternative Plot: Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) is a selfish literary agent whose fast-talking ways allow him to close any deal. His next target is New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis), but the savvy doctor sees right through Jack. A magical tree appears in Jack's yard, and, according to Dr. Sinja, the tree and Jack are connected; every time Jack says a word, a leaf falls from the tree. When the last leaf drops, Jack will die. With just a thousand leaves left, Jack must learn to curb his speech or he's a goner.

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