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Norbit (2007)


Cast: Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Rating: PG

Run time: 102 mins

Genre: Comedy

Verdict: B.S. (see rating system)

Wow, this is junk.

After his pretty decent turn in Dreamgirls, Murphy is back to making money with a crappy assembly line comedy that managed to con moviegoers out of $160 million at the box office.

Norbit is almost "all Murphy, all the time" as he takes on three roles: Norbit, the dim, but likeable guy who's a bully magnet; Mr. Wong, the racist owner of a Chinese restaurant/orphanage who raises Norbit after his parents abandon him as an infant), and Rasputia, the fat and ugly (let's not mince words here) woman who marries Norbit and proceeds to make his life hell.

The story, such as it is, finds Norbit meeting Kate (Newton), his childhood sweettheart from the orphanage (they even pooped together side by side, eeww) who has returned to town buy the place and help other kids in trouble. Norbit senses that "old feeling", but he's married to the very jealous Rasputia and Kate's engaged to the sneaky Deion (Gooding). And Rasputia's tough, crooked brothers also have plans for the orphanage - turning it into a strip joint.

The racial stereotype and fat jokes are tiresome and so is Norbit - we’ve even seen him before - Murphy recycles him from 1999's Bowfinger, when the character was named “Jif” Ramsey.

The extras include 14 deleted scenes and a profile of Murphy.


Make that Dimwit...



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