Norbit (Blu-ray) (2007)
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|It's Eddie Murphy "as you love to see him!" (Scott Patrick, Hollywood One on One) in this gut-bustingly funny movie that displays his comedic genius in multiple roles! Murphy stars as mild-mannered Norbit, who gets a second chance at love with his childhood sweetheart, Kate (Thandie Newton, The Pursuit of Happyness). But there's one huge obstacle: jealous, mean-tempered Rasputia (Murphy), who wants Norbit all to her sizeable self. Can Norbit win the heart of Kate...before Rasputia puts the hurt on him? Will an all-star cast including Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Marlon Wayans (White Chicks), and Eddie Griffin (Date Movie), Norbit "will make you laugh 'til you cheer!" (David Foucher, Edge Boston)|
"...hysterically funny... Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...[Murphy] has a knack for bringing the physicality of his comic characters to life. Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
Editor's NoteNorbit (Eddie Murphy, channeling Buckwheat and Woody Allen) is a shy, nebbishy fellow, raised by Mr. Wong (Eddie Murphy again) in a combination orphanage/Chinese restaurant in Boiling Springs, Tennessee. As a child, Norbit comes to love Kate, a fellow orphan, but the soulmates are separated when Kate is adopted. Enter Rasputia, an aggressive, plus-sized 10-year-old who protects him from bullies and demands his romantic loyalty, much like her thuggish older brothers demand "protection" money from all the merchants in Boiling Springs. Rasputia and Norbit eventually marry--and the peevish adult Rasputia is played to great comic effect by Eddie Murphy in a fat suit. Although Rasputia is controlling, unfaithful, hideous-looking, and always madder than a hornet, she and Norbit make a life together, albeit one based on inertia, fear, and complacency.The bubble bursts when the now-grown Kate (Thandie Newton) returns to Boiling Springs to buy Mr. Wong's orphanage. Norbit's love is rekindled, and he must find a way to end his loveless marriage, save Kate from marrying a crooked philanderer (Cuba Gooding Jr., in a rare villainous turn), and prevent Rasputia's brothers from carrying through with a big con job that would destroy the orphanage and Kate's life. Eddie Murphy, not surprisingly, carries the show, with broad, juvenile humor, fat jokes, and pratfalls, and while he never aims very high, he manages to inject some poignancy into Norbit's and Wong's characters, even as he plays Rasputia strictly for laughs. It's not Shakespeare--it's not even BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE--but the laughs are as big as Rasputia's muumuu.
Norbit - DVD
By: Sean O'Connell filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 5/25/2007 9:33 PM
|Essentially, Norbit mirrors Nutty as it once again showcases Murphy and Baker's incomparable skills at turning Murphy into a fat guy (or gal). A sensitive, sympathetic wallflower (played by Murphy) must find the strength to stand up to a grotesque counterpart (also played by Murphy) so that he can fulfill a destiny and be with the picture-perfect princess of his dreams – here, Thandie Newton assumes the always-underwritten love interest role that belonged to Jada Pinkett Smith and Janet Jackson in Professor parts one and two. ...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Cuba Gooding, Jr.|
|Brian Robbins - Director|
|Charles Q. Murphy - Based On Story By|
|Clay A. Griffith - Production Designer|
|David Newman - Original Music By|
|Eddie Murphy - Based On Story By|
|Eddie Murphy, et. al. - Screenplay|
|Eddie Murphy, et. al. - Producer|
|J. Clark Mathis - Cinematographer|
|Ned Bastille - Editor|
|Rick Baker, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Nominee, Best Achievement in Makeup|
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