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Norbit

Filled with stereotypes only Hollywood could love
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 14, 2007
1.0 1.0 Stars

If there’s no limit to your love of fat jokes, this is the movie for you. Brian Robbins creates what amounts to one fat joke stretched out for an hour and a half, with a sliver of a plot wrapped around it. Eddie Murphy stars as three characters, and with the help of veteran make-up artist Rick Baker he disappears into each one. The bad news is that only the good-natured title orphan trapped in a miserable marriage isn’t a stereotype. Rasputia, Norbit’s wife, is the walking fat joke — she seems incapable of making it down the street without breaking tables and knocking over mailmen. And Norbit’s father figure, Mr. Wong, is a lisping, kung fu–savvy Confucius. Characters not played by Eddie Murphy include Kate, his true love (Thandie Newton, looking lost), and a couple of good-hearted pimps, stereotypes only Hollywood could love.

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