The movie A Thousand Words stars Eddie Murphy as a wisecracking executive who doesn't pay attention to what he says or who he says it in front of. As a literary agent, Jack, played by Eddie Murphy, relies on his ability to persuade others using his ability to turn a phrase. The publishing company Jack works for is interested in acquiring the rights to a new book soon to be released by a prominent self-help guru named Dr. Sinja. Dr. Sinja has a very mellow approach to life which he tries to help Jack with.
Through a bizarre series of events, Jack finds himself entwined with the spirit of a tree. The tree magically relocates itself from the meditation center to Jack's residential property. Despite Dr. Sinja's advice, Jack refuses to believe he is entwined with the spirit of the tree and tries to chop it down, only succeeding to injure himself. The real condition begins to manifest as the tree starts dropping leaves at an incredible rate. As events unfold it appears the leaves the tree drops are in direct relation to every word uttered by Jack. Dr. Sinja assesses the problem by telling Jack that when the final leaf drops from the tree, Jack's life will be over.
What ensues is a hilarious sequence of events in which Jack tries desperately to live his life using as few words as possible. Dr. Sinja tries to help by advising Jack to mend his relationships in order to heal the dying tree. As the story progresses it appears there is nothing Jack can do to save the dying tree, which continues to drop its leaves with every word Jack utters. Eventually, the story begins a countdown with the remaining one thousand leaves left to fall. Jack has some major decisions to make before the last leaf falls from the tree and his life ends.