‘Norbit’ movie review: a career low for Eddie Murphy

Unpleasant, offensive, and entirely unfunny ‘comedy´ starring an unrecognizable and unlikable Eddie Murphy in three roles as the pathetic title character, his morbidly obese wife Rasputia, and Chinese caricature Mr. Wong.

Plot: orphan Norbit is forced into marriage by overbearing Rasputia; when his childhood love (Thandie Newton – what was she thinking?) comes back into town to brighten up Norbit´s life and buy the local orphanage, her conman fiancé (Cuba Gooding) and Rasputia´s gangster brothers scheme to turn it into a strip club.

It´s up to Norbit to save the day, but by the time all these annoying characters are introduced we want nothing to do with the film.

Full of degrading African-American stereotypes that would put Stepin Fetchit to shame; these and other racist gags are only outdone by the endless barrage of fat jokes that seem to sustain the entire film.

Completely dull when it isn´t offensive; only briefly comes alive during scenes with Eddie Griffin and Katt Williams as a pair of smooth-talking pimps.

Murphy has made a lot of junk in recent years, but this is arguably the worst; yes, even Pluto Nash was better. An embarrassment for everyone involved.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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