If you enjoy watching Eddie Murphy playing multiple roles and don’t mind racially insensitive and politically incorrect jokes, you’ll probably be excited to see the comedy Norbit. When Norbit (Eddie Murphy) was a baby he was thrown out of a car and left for dead only to be raised by Mr. Wong (Eddie Murphy) owner of an orphanage-restaurant. (Maybe he landed on his head when he was thrown out of the car which would explain why he looks and sounds whipped.) His only friend at the orphanage was Kate (Thandie Newton) but she’s lucky and someone adopts her. When Kate leaves, a big bossy girl named Rasputia (Eddie Murphy) becomes Norbit’s girlfriend and later, his wife. She protected Norbit when he was a kid but after they’re married she becomes mean, overbearing and extremely overweight while Norbit is skinny, weak and oppressed. After what seems an eternity, Kate comes back to town to buy the orphanage from Mr. Wong, Norbit sees her and falls back in love. There are two big problems: Kate has a fiancée named Deion (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and the biggest problem (no pun intended) the huge Rasputia who will not allow him to leave. (Yes, all she has to do is sit on him.) Eddie Murphy’s portrayal as a fat woman is funny and makes for some good slapstick comedy. There are even some colorful characters but with a lousy script the movie just isn’t very funny. This film is offensive, distasteful and full of juvenile toilet humor. It was originally rated R (I guess for Raunchy) but was edited down to a PG13 rating. I heard comments about some of the scenes being crude and several of them sounded just as bad. I’m not sure if it would be better to be deaf or blind for this movie. I’m giving this outlandish comedy a C- rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.