Norbit: February 9, 2007
“My name is
Norbit Albert Rice, and I was an orphan…” Thus begins the
story of Norbit (Eddie Murphy), who was brought up by Mr.
Wong (Eddie Murphy) at the Golden Wonton Restaurant and
Orphanage. There, Norbit met his true soulmate, the lovely
Kate (Thandie Newton). The two became inseparable – that is,
until Kate was adopted and left Norbit to begin her new
One day, the lonely and easily intimidated nine-year-old
Norbit is rescued on the school playground from the taunts
of three bullies by hefty Rasputia (Eddie Murphy), age ten,
who wields a mean right hook. As Norbit and Rasputia grow
up, they marry and Norbit becomes part of her family.
In “Norbit,” the King of Comedy is at it again. Eddie Murphy
is Norbit. Eddie Murphy is Rasputia. Eddie Murphy is Mr.
Wong. Murphy uses his extraordinary talents to bring these
diverse and unforgettable characters to life in this
boisterous, ribald comedy.
Dysfunctional at best, Rasputia and her three brothers – Big
Jack (Terry Crews), Earl (Clifton Powell) and Blue (Lester
“Rasta ” Speight) – run the Latimore Construction Company,
an outpost from which the brothers try to run the town of
Boiling Springs, Tennessee. They spend most of their time
running the good, hard-working people ragged, badgering,
them and extorting money from them.
An employee of the construction company, the meek and
downtrodden Norbit is treated with disdain by his brutish
brothers-in-law and even more contemptuously by his wife.
The ravenous Rasputia often sends him to the local Rib Shak
– owned by ex-pimps Pope Sweet Jesus (Eddie Griffin) and
Lord Have Mercy (Katt Williams) - to pick up her supersized
Such is Norbit’s lot, until his world undergoes a dramatic
change when the grown-up and beautiful Kate returns to
Boiling Springs. Kate has come back to buy the orphanage
from the retiring Mr. Wong. But she is being bamboozled. Her
seemingly adoring fiancé, Deion (Cuba Gooding, Jr. ) turns
out to be a phony. He is secretly in cahoots with the
conniving Latimores. They are planning to turn the orphanage
into a strip club – The Nipplopolis.
But steadfast Norbit sees through their façades with a
dawning realization that all is not right in Boiling Springs
and in the Norbit household. With the reawakening of his
feelings for Kate, Norbit gains a newfound assertiveness,
rejecting the role of downtrodden, exploited milquetoast in
favor of the crusading hero who knows how to dress sharp,
please the ladies and ride a bike.
Will he finally stand up to the Latimores and save his true
love from marrying the wrong guy? Will the mild-mannered
mouse find his inner lion and set things right in Boiling
Springs? And will he ever lose the yoke of servility imposed
by the overwhelming, overpowering and overeating Rasputia?
Therein lies a tale that can only be told by a masterful
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Director: Brian Robbins
Writer: Eddie Murphy
Genre: Comedy Romance
Duration: 1hr 42mins
Staring: Eddie Murphy
Cuba Gooding, Jr
Producer: John Davis
Distributor PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual
some nudity, and language.
Release Date: February 9, 2007