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Norbit [Blu-ray]

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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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Dreamworks
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PC6G92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Norbit [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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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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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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Format: DVD
This movie was quite comical. Eddie Murphy, once gain, outdid himself. I did find the movie to be a little foul, which is not suprising. The movie had a great lesson in it: Don't be with someone because it's comfortable but be in a relationship where you're truly happy.
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*Norbit* is funny, along with some dry parts after the first half of the movie, which, of course, could have been edited.

Regardless, if you enjoyed *Coming to America* and the *Nutty Professor*, then you'll like this. Eddie Murphy is Norbit, Rasputia and Mr. Wong, which I didn't catch on until later on in the movie. Yep, he's that good.

Orphanage life is all that Norbit knows, raised by the Asian Mr. Wong. Once his best friend, Kate, has been adopted, life for Norbit has become hell. Soon, chunky Rasputia enters the pictures and declares herself as Norbit's girlfriend.

Life is supposed to get better as you get older, eh? Well, not for Norbit, he ends up stuck getting married to Rasputia, along with her 3 brothers. They all own a construction company. Unknown to Norbit, the brothers wants to buy out the orphanage for their own illegal purposes. However, Mr. Wong is having none of it.

Well, soon enters Kate, Norbit's childhood friend, along with her fiance, Deion. Kate wants to buy the orphanage and continue the business. However, her fiance has another purpose for this building and is soon in cahoots with Rasputia's 3 brothers.

Meanwhile, Norbit is torn between his loveless marriage to Rasputia and his lifelong love for Kate.

Rasputia cracks me up. She's this huge gal who doesn't give a flying fig about what anyone thinks of her. She's this "little princess" who gets what and when she wants.

Once again, this was a funny movie. However, there were some parts that were just dry that made you looked at your watch and wished it was over already. It's those parts that make the movie from being "great!" However, still funny.
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Hey, you have to give Eddie Murphy some credit to be able to bring to life

all these characters. Especially the patience to be hours after hours in the chair for the adding /removing of the makeup and fat suits. I enjoyed the movie, did laugh here and there and like most people i thaught

Rasputia was a very mean selfish person, which made me root for Norbit.

This is not one of Eddie's best movies, but it sure is not one of his

worse. This man has quite a talent for doing multiple characters...
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The price is now $17.99; however, the Blu-Ray disc is listed as 1:33 to 1 full screen ratio. For some reason I really like this movie but do not want to buy a full screen Blu-Ray movie.
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