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Norbit (Eddie Murphy) has never had it easy. As a baby, he was abandoned on the steps of a Chinese restaurant/orphanage and raised by Mr. Wong (Eddie Murphy). Things get worse when he’s forced into marriage by the mean, junk food-chugging queen, Rasputia (Eddie Murphy). Just when Norbit’s hanging by his last thread, his childhood sweetheart, Kate (Thandie Newton), moves back to town. In the comedy Norbit, he’ll show them all that nice guys sometimes finish first.

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Eddie Murphy stars and stars in this very broad and raucous comedy that finds the Oscar-nominated Dreamgirls actor revisiting the multiple-character shtick that worked so well for him in Coming to America and The Nutty Professor. The latter's makeup-effects artist, Rick Baker, once again transforms Murphy into a variety of grotesques and caricatures, including the hugely fat, monstrous Rasputia, the Asian Mr. Wong, and the timorous Norbit, a nervous orphan raised by Wong and married to Rasputia. The latter, a member of a construction family with a plan to turn Wong's orphanage into a strip club, is a relentlessly narcissistic shrew who puts the screws on Norbit at every turn, especially when he rediscovers his love for an old friend, Kate (Thandie Newton). Kate's wish to buy and maintain the orphanage herself is secretly compromised by her fiancé (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), who is in cahoots with Rasputia's family and using Norbit to further their agenda.

Extraordinarily silly, frequently crude and mean-spirited to an extreme, Norbit is far more sour than The Nutty Professor. But there are moments of inspiration, especially a wedding interrupted by wannabe pimps who launch a profane gospel groove, and a dog that talks to Norbit while he is semi-conscious. For the most part, though, Norbit impresses as a technical marvel utilizing careful shot design and skillful editing. Murphy participates in several remarkable, three-character scenes in which he happens to be all three characters, and those moments move so briskly it's easy to forget one is looking at a comic stunt. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (430 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PC6G92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pumpkin Man on October 13, 2008
Format: DVD
I thought this was a really good funny movie! Eddie Murphy is back doing what he does best! He plays Norbit Rice, and his mistreating obese wife, Rasputia. In the middle of the movie, Norbit's childhood girlfriend, Kate comes back to town, hoping to buy the orphanage that she and Norbit grew up in. Kate's fiance and Rasputia's brothers try to stop Kate so they can open a strip club. Later, Norbit finally gets courage with the help of some friendly pimps, and Mr. Wong to tell Kate the truth and win her love. If you love comedies, and Eddie Murphy, you'll love NORBIT!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E.Most on March 8, 2008
Format: DVD
I gave this movie three stars, because it is not really a great movie. It is just hilarious in so many ways! Eddie Murphy is excellent in all his three roles in this movie! You will laugh out loud from beginning to end. This movie was just made to entertain and make you laugh loud- nothing else! So if you to laugh or love Eddie Murphy, give this movie a try!
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Well admittedly the movie does deliver a few half decent laughs, and if I'm honest at times this is quite an entertaining movie. The scene at the water park with Rasputia along with the bathing suit joke was quite funny. The movie also at times gets a great dark streak at times but it's also quite funny. To say Eddie Murphy is not entertaining at all would be a complete lie. If Murphy does anything good its doing his fast talk in a fat suit. And with Rasputia he manages to pull that off almost perfectly. The character of Rasputia isn't brilliant, but she's bearable and quite amusing at times. Murphy gives his all in that role, and also does quite a good, if slightly racist performance, as Mr. Wong. Unfortunately I was very against the role of Mr Wong due to the racism in his scenes.

So where does Norbit go wrong? Well while the jokes manage to be alright, the main romance and actual storyline is as dull as hell. Whenever Rasputia is off screen you really could not care less about the rest of the movie. Matters are not even remotely helped by the fact that Norbit is an extremely boring and irritating character. His relationship with Thandie Newton's Kate is just boring. It tries to aim at touching but it seems so unrealistic and forced it feels more ludicrous than touching. The movies biggest mistake is when it decides to focus purely on their relationship with Rasputia popping in for brief periods of times. This is the middle section, and the movie is dragged down to almost rock bottom. The middle section is dangerously boring, its in that moment my eyes wandered from the screen on many occasions. Thankfully the story picks up slightly before the end, but the movie had already bored me long before the ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Duckett VINE VOICE on June 11, 2007
Format: HD DVD
You can usually bet that you are in for a treat when the first four actors in the rolling credits is Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy. Much like he did in Coming to America, he is playing a large diversity of roles in this movie. Not only is he Norbit, but he is Norbit's wife, his adoptive father, the man cheating with his wife, and others.

Eddie Murphy, the biggest box office producer (Norbit and Shrek 3 put him past Tom Hanks for #1), is always a treat to watch. What is really amazing is how it is hard to pick him out of the character of actors. He is funny and very comfortable in front of a camera. His acting does not disappoint in this movie in all of the roles.

Like Martin Lawrence's Big Momma's House and somewhat like his own role in Nutty Professor, there is a lot of time where the skinny Eddie Murphy is stuck in the body suit of a large woman. But this movie has taken it to a whole new level. While you could tell Lawrence was in a body suit (which you were supposed to), it was actually difficult to tell that Eddie was wearing a suit. There was even a lot (too much?) screen time where Laticia was at a water park in a bathing suit and it was very hard to tell that you weren't looking at flesh. This is not only a credit to the way Eddie moved but to the costume designers.

The only thing lacking in this movie was a good script. The writers wanted to focus too much on the gross-out humor and forgot to tell a good story. Some of the content was too over the top and there were a lot of missed opportunities to have some fun with one of the best comedic actors of our time, Eddie Murphy.

I checked this movie out on HD-DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Hutchinson on July 13, 2007
Format: DVD
Funny man Eddie Murphy tackles a big role in "Norbit" - literally. That is of course Rasputia, an obese woman with a whole lot of attitude. As in previous Eddie Murphy films, multiple roles are played by Murphy. The title-character Norbit, a meek man who gets more than he bargained for when at age 10 he is rescued from bullies by 10 year old Rasputia, and Mr. Wong, Norbit's "father" at the adoption center.

After giving a quick and often funny insight to Norbit's young life, the film kicks off with Norbit and Rasputia's wedding ceremony, then delves into the complications that arise in their lives as Norbit's childhood sweetheart Kate (Thandie Newton) moves back into the neighbourhood to by the orphanage - which is also what Rasputia's powerful brothers want to do. Norbit also disapproves of Kate's fiancée Deion (Cuba Gooding Jr).

While Norbit is an enjoyable thing, there is an awful lot going on, which is not a bad thing, just a tad distracting at times. The acting is pretty good all-round, especially from Murphy, in all three of his roles. Eddie Griffin is hilarious as Pope Sweet Jesus. Pat Crawford Brown (from "Depserate Housewives") has a small but memorable role, and Laura Ortiz (from the Hilsl Have Eyes remake) has a blink and you'll miss her part.

There may be some who may get offended at "Norbit", perhaps thinking that it makes fun of fat people, but really, Rasputia's weight is hardly made fun at. Rasputia is incredibly funny in a trailer-trash kind of way. Most of the laughs I got came from her, however some of the comedy in "Norbit" is not that funny, but it's still an enjoyable film.
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