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Norbit (Blu-ray)

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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)

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 204413915
UPC 097361245829
UPC 14 00097361245829
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/5/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Murphy,Eddie
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Brian Robbins - Director
Charles Q. Murphy - Based On Story By
Clay A. Griffith - Production Designer
Clifton Powell - Actor
Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Actor
David Newman - Original Music By
Eddie Griffin - Actor
Eddie Murphy - Based On Story By
Eddie Murphy - Actor
Eddie Murphy, et. al. - Screenplay
Eddie Murphy, et. al. - Producer
J. Clark Mathis - Cinematographer
Katt Williams - Actor
Marlon Wayans - Actor
Ned Bastille - Editor
Terry Crews - Actor
Thandie Newton - Actor
Awards
Oscar (2008) Rick Baker, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Nominee, Best Achievement in Makeup
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Now begins a period of prayer for Eddie Murphy - he must pray that no one who can cast a Best Supporting Actor vote in the 2007 Oscar race will see Norbit, because no one in their right mind could think of providing an honor to anyone involved in this misfire, Murphy included. All the goodwill built up for the actor as a result of Dreamgirls is cast aside by Norbit...Murphy doesn't do any acting in Norbit. This is all shtick - the kind of stuff that might work in a five-minute skit on Saturday Night Live. Norbit is a supersized version of Steve Urkel. Rasputia is Big Momma with bigger boobs. And Mr. Wong is a politically incorrect caricature of a racist Asian. At least the movie has Thandie Newton...Norbit operates on the principle that vulgarity is automatically funny. Crassness doesn't need a joke attached because it is (in and of itself) the height of hilarity. The very sight of Eddie Murphy simultaneously in drag and a fat suit is supposed to cause viewers to explode into paroxysms of laughter, and is topped only by his appearance in yellow-face as old Mr. Wong. Some of the most egregiously awful jokes fail so badly the first time (broken bed sex, Rasputia crammed into her compact car) that they're brought back for encores. In one way, it's surprising that the movie is so consistently unfunny. One would assume director Brian Robbins knows a thing or two about humor. After all, he directed that pinnacle of comedic excellence, The Shaggy Dog. Need I say more?
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review The Eddie Murphy vehicle Norbit is all over the map in terms of style, and that's part of its appeal--it's simultaneously genuinely sweet and totally vulgar without either tone canceling out the other. In fact, if anything, the innocuous love story at the movie's core gives the audience permission to laugh at jokes that would otherwise be considered racist, sexist, or just downright cruel. Norbit makes jokes at the expense of the handicapped, the overweight, and a broad array of ethnicities, but it rarely feels mean-spirited. The filmmakers have so much obvious affection for their hapless hero and the eccentric supporting players who surround him that the movie ends up being charming rather than offensive...Murphy, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film, is smart enough to surround himself with talented supporting players--he knows that by letting others be appealing he only makes himself look better. There are some hilarious vignettes involving Eddie Griffin and Kat Williams as a pair of small-town pimps, and Marlon Wayans pulls off the impressive task of convincingly feigning desire for Rasputia. Because the peripheral roles are so strong, one of the movie's weaknesses--its somewhat thin storyline--ends up becoming an asset because it allows the actors to create outrageously funny digressions...Some viewers may mistake the movie's satiric mockery of racial stereotyping for actual racist humor, but this is a misinterpretation of Norbit's agenda. Murphy and his collaborators are playfully mocking our assumptions and prejudices, not endorsing them. To this end, Norbit is a return to form for Murphy; while it's not on a par with his best work, it's very funny and just risky enough to eradicate the memory of Daddy Day Care.
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Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, English, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Murphy,Eddie
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...Murphy may now be the Peter Sellers of blockbuster toilet comedy movies.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...hysterically funny...
Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle ...[Murphy] has a knack for bringing the physicality of his comic characters to life.
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