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Norbit has never had it easy. As a baby, he was abandoned on the steps of a Chinese restaurant/orphanage and raised by Mr. Wong. Things get worse when he’s forced into marriage by the mean, junk food-chugging queen, Rasputia. Just when Norbit’s hanging by his last thread, his childhood sweetheart, Kate, moves back to town.
Comedy - This is a broad, silly, crude comedy aimed at the young adult
moviegoer. This is definitely one for Eddie Murphy fans as he plays
three different roles here. Fans of supporting players Thandie
Newton and Cuba Gooding Jr. may be disappointed by their limited
screen time. Parents be warned of the raunchy humor.
PROFANITY: 7 S-words, 9 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Non-sexual nudity; some sexual situations and humor. VIOLENCE: Comic fighting. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Comic chases and fights. COMEDY: Silly slapstick and dialogue; raunchy jokes; fat jokes.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 103 moviegoers:VERY MIXED OPINIONS!
TEENS:Males and females rated it about the same. A little over half thought it was great but several didn't care for it at all. So, chances are fairly good that you will enjoy "Norbit," at least to some degree. Recommended, but certainly not strongly.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:There aren't many opinions for this group and they're very mixed. About half enjoyed it very much. Most of the remaining half rated it as average. A few truly disliked it. Too mixed to make any recommendation.
ADULTS:The adult opinions aren't very good at all, especially from the females. Only a few of them enjoyed it. Most rated it very low. The male opinions are somewhat better. A little over half rated it "Very Good," which indicates above average. Unfortunately, most of the remaining opinions are low to very low. For once the professional critics are right, "Norbit" is not the funny movie it appears to be. Not recommended.
"My name is Norbit Albert Rice, and I was an orphan…” Thus begins the story of Norbit (Eddie Murphy), who was brought up by Mr. Wong (Eddie Murphy) at the Golden Wonton Restaurant and Orphanage. There, Norbit met his true soulmate, the lovely Kate (Thandie Newton). The two became inseparable – that is, until Kate was adopted and left Norbit to begin her new life.
One day, the lonely and easily intimidated nine-year-old Norbit is rescued on the school playground from the taunts of three bullies by hefty Rasputia (Eddie Murphy), age ten, who wields a mean right hook. As Norbit and Rasputia grow up, they marry and Norbit becomes part of her family.
Dysfunctional at best, Rasputia and her three brothers – Big Jack (Terry Crews), Earl (Clifton Powell) and Blue (Lester "Rasta ” Speight) – run the Latimore Construction Company, an outpost from which the brothers try to run the town of Boiling Springs, Tennessee. They spend most of their time running the good, hard-working people ragged, badgering, them and extorting money from them.
An employee of the construction company, the meek and downtrodden Norbit is treated with disdain by his brutish brothers-in-law and even more contemptuously by his wife. The ravenous Rasputia often sends him to the local Rib Shak – owned by ex-pimps Pope Sweet Jesus (Eddie Griffin) and Lord Have Mercy (Katt Williams) - to pick up her supersized dinner.
Such is Norbit's lot, until his world undergoes a dramatic change when the grown-up and beautiful Kate returns to Boiling Springs. Kate has come back to buy the orphanage from the retiring Mr. Wong. But she is being bamboozled. Her seemingly adoring fiancé, Deion (Cuba Gooding, Jr. ) turns out to be a phony. He is secretly in cahoots with the conniving Latimores. They are planning to turn the orphanage into a strip club – The Nipplopolis.
But steadfast Norbit sees through their façades with a dawning realization that all is not right in Boiling Springs and in the Norbit household. With the reawakening of his feelings for Kate, Norbit gains a newfound assertiveness, rejecting the role of downtrodden, exploited milquetoast in favor of the crusading hero who knows how to dress sharp, please the ladies and ride a bike.
Will he finally stand up to the Latimores and save his true love from marrying the wrong guy? Will the mild-mannered mouse find his inner lion and set things right in Boiling Springs? And will he ever lose the yoke of servility imposed by the overwhelming, overpowering and overeating Rasputia? Therein lies a tale that can only be told by a masterful storyteller.