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Norbit (Full Screen)

4.2 out of 5 stars 527 customer reviews

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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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Special Features

  • 14 Deleted Scenes
  • Man of a Thousand Faces
  • Power Tap (Marlon Wayans Mock Infomercial)
  • The Stunts of Norbit
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (527 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PATZJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Norbit (Full Screen)" on IMDb

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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.

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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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Eddie Murphy nails it again; this is the genre of comedy that Murphy shines in. If you're looking for an intellectual drama this isn't it. That being said, Murphy masters the nuances of the characters he plays with a level of precision unrivaled by his competitors. He invented this style, and is truly the only one who has ever been able to make the characters he plays believable.
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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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The movie is quite deceiving being rated PG13. I did not expect all the gross antics and unpleasant language. The plot and idea was a good one but the cursing and the gross antics made it less than great. I really wish I had not watched it. People seem to think they have got to have cursing and gross antics in a movie to make it good but all it does is show what kind of people are involved in creating it. It would have been just as good without all the gross antics and cursing; so, I gave it a three stars. It really should have received a one star. Any who if you are a Christian or just prefer wholesome shows this is not for you.
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Eddie Murphy... you either love him or hate him. I loved him in the role of Norbit and Rasputia in this hilarious comedy! Poor Norbit got picked on a lot in this movie but it was hilarious!!! I can't praise this enough. Unlike some movies you will want to watch this again from time to time.
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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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Most under-rated movie of all time on blu ray. I loved this movie when it first came out and now even more on blu-ray. Eddie Murphy was great as Norbit. I suppose that if it came out 10 years earlier then it would have had much better reviews. It's kind of politically/socially incorrect...but I love that and you will too !!!!!
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