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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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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.
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Love Eddie. He really opened this style of comedy for our present comedians.Published 15 days ago by PickUp
Eddie Murphy played the female role of a mean, big, black, ghetto fabulous woman perfectly. Hilarious!Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
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