Norbit: ½ Star (out of 5)
Eddie Murphy rehashes his character from Bowfinger to play the lovelable loser Norbit, an orphan who loses his true love as a child and ends up married to a ridiculous fat woman named Rasputia (also played by Murphy). His life is little more than being the puching bag for Rasputia and her three brothers (Terry Crews, Clifton Powell, Mighty Rasta Speight).
The film is one looooong uninterrupted fat joke. We get Raputia trying to fit into her car (at least three times), we get Raputia breaking her bed (at least four times), we get her falling and running over people and animals (many, many times), we get her eating ribs (at least twice), we get her in a bathing suit at the top of a water slide, and we get her passing gas. There are a few crude cheap laughs, really more like chuckles, and nothing more.
The film is just bad throughout, but it becomes horrific in the final act as every single character introduced over the course of the film starts behaving as if they are on drugs and this train wreck heads straight for a spectacular 1929 Stock Market sized crash into Crazywackyfuntown. It’s jaw-dropping, incomprehensibly, dumb.
We’ve seen this all before; the film is just a rehash of films like Big Momma’s House and Madea’s Family Reunion (among many others). It’s one thing to rip-off yourself Eddie, but to do it to lesser talents like Martin Lawrence and Tyler Perry who grew up idolizing you, well that’s just a new low.
The film earns half a star for Murphy’s performance as the caricature Chinese racist/sage Mr. Wong (the only character who illicited a laugh from me) and for Thandie Newton who gets to play the nice girl for a change. Too bad it was in such a crappy flick. The tagline for the film is “Have you ever made a really big mistake?” Yeah, I saw this movie; don’t you make the same mistake.