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Here's Brett and Robert's movie review of NORBIT

Synopsis
Eddie Murphy's character never had an easy life. When he was just a baby, his parents left him abandoned on the steps of the Orphanage/Chinese Restaurant, where the kindly and very racist Mr. Wong (Eddie Murphy) raised him. Growing up, he only had one true friend… Kate (Thandie Newton). She was a fellow orphan and the apple of his eye. Kate was very fond of him as well, which make their separation quite hard when Kate was adopted and taken away, leaving Norbit sad and alone. The bullies loved picking on Norbit and beating him up, but one day, he was saved by a huge, fat girl named Rasputia (Eddie Murphy), who pulled two mean bullies off him and beat them up. She then asked Norbit if he had a girlfriend… and when he said no, she replied "well you do now!" and the rest is history. Rasputia was the biggest bully of them all, constantly dominating and belittling Norbit. Never standing up for himself, Norbit inevitably got married to her and went to work as a bookkeeper for her three brothers, who were essentially the local Mob. His life was going nowhere… he was miserable, mistreated and disrespected. Then, all of a sudden, Kate moves back to town and Norbit has hope once more. His happiness is still within his grasp, if only he can overcome the obstacles: Rasputia and her brothers and Kate's gold-digging fiancé, Deion Hughes (Cuba Gooding Jr.).

Robert's review
The previews for NORBIT looked terrible and I'm sure many people are asking (and sometimes shouting): "What the heck is Eddie Murphy doing, following up his Oscar nominated performance in DREAMGIRLS with this movie?!?!" Well, I have the answer… he's having FUN… and truth be told, it's infectious! NORBIT is genuinely (and very surprisingly) funny! It's essentially a 'Stupid-Funny' kind of movie, similar to movies like "Half Baked" and "Undercover Brother." Eddie Murphy does a great job at not taking himself too seriously; he's just out having fun and it shows. Thandie Newton is terrific, warm and lovable as Kate.

Eddie Griffin dusts off his pimping hat and gives a great performance as Pope Sweet Jesus, alongside Katt Williams who gives a great pimp performance as Lord Have Mercy. Some of the scenes are so over-the-top that you can't help but laugh, but there are also some scenes of Rasputia's jiggling cellulite that'll make you cringe and go "…wow, that's just not right…" and will burn some unwanted mental images into your brain. Lastly, NORBIT is a crowd-pleaser; the more people you watch it with, the wilder it gets… so don't miss it on the big screen. It's worth the ticket price and it'll have you laughing like crazy… that is, if you like 'Stupid-Funny' comedies.

All in all, I'd give this movie 3.5 STARS (out of 5). Re-watch value: MEDIUM

Brett's review
I have to admit it; this movie was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. At first I really thought this movie was going to be a time bomb with a short countdown, however I actually really enjoyed it. The story was a relatable one and the comedy was very funny, almost stupidly funny. I found myself laughing throughout the movie and enjoying myself. The acting was fairly decent (not the greatest, but ok) and the plot flowed in a consistent manner. There were scenes that we all see in everyday life and when seen thru the eyes of Norbit they seem hilarious. The only really thing that I kept thinking about when I saw Rasputia was could it be another Nutty Professor… you know Eddie Murphy being fat again. I think that the really funny scenes outdid the really slap-stick or brain dead scenes.

Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars (out of 5). Re-Watch Value: Moderate (It is definitely good for a rental).

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