Release Date: February 09, 2007
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton,
Cuba Gooding, Jr., Eddie
Griffin, Clifton Powell, Terry
Crews, Lester "Rasta" Speight,
and Katt Williams
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 102 minutes
Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount
Director: Brian Robbins
Executive Producer: Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and
Producer: John Davis and Eddie Murphy
Writer: Eddie Murphy, Charles Murphy,
Jay Scherick and David Ronn
Address Comments To:Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO
(A Viacom company)
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000
The movie opens with Norbit telling viewers how he was abandoned by his parents and literally thrown at the doorstep of the Golden Wonton Restaurant and Orphanage. Taken in by Mr. Wong, the Chinese man running the orphanage with his wife, Norbit finds happiness as a child with his playmate Kate. They pretend to get married under the oak tree, but soon Kate is whisked out of his life when she is adopted.
Bullied by other boys, Norbit is rescued by an overweight girl named Rasputia, who claims Norbit as her boyfriend, Norbit's protestations to the contrary. Norbit marries her, but her large and mean brothers take turns with Rasputia bullying him. In fact, Rasputia's whole family bullies everyone in the town, not just Norbit. They even extort money from the other business owners (Rasputia's brothers own the local construction and real estate company).
Norbit finds out that Rasputia is cheating on him with her aerobics instructor. Then, Kate returns to town interested in buying the orphanage from Mr. Wong. Kate has a fiancé, however, and the fiancé is secretly plotting with Rasputia's evil brothers to turn the orphanage into a strip joint.
Eddie Murphy not only plays Norbit. He also dons a large fat suit to play Rasputia and more makeup to play Mr. Wong. All the makeup is excellent, and Murphy does a fantastic job of disappearing into each of these very different characters. The script could use a bit of tightening up. Regrettably, although the movie has a light Christian worldview with some moral elements, the comedy is accompanied by lots of foul language and off-color, offensive humor and situations. Most of the crude, loutish behavior comes from the villains, but two of the people who help Norbit are former pimps, dressed in stereotypical, colorful street clothes. Although they own a rib joint, the two men take over a kissing booth at the town fair and talk about their former lifestyle a lot.
Eddie Murphy not only plays Norbit. He also dons a big fat suit to play Rasputia and more makeup to play Mr. Wong. The makeup is excellent, and Murphy does a fantastic job of disappearing into each of these very different characters. Regrettably, although the movie has a light Christian worldview with some moral elements, the comedy is accompanied by lots of foul language and off-color humor.
** HOLLYWOOD BABYLON SECTION **