By KC IFEANYI
Eddie Murphy throws on a fat suit and plays multiple
characters yet again in his latest comedy “Norbit.” Unlike “The Nutty
Professor,” however, “Norbit” bombs with clichéd jokes, a talking dog, annoying
characters and ridiculous plot twists.
“Norbit” tells the story of a meek, mild-mannered orphan
named Norbit (Murphy). Abandoned by his parents when he was just a baby, Norbit
is left in front of Mr. Wong’s Chinese restaurant/orphanage, The Golden Wanton.
While in the orphanage, Norbit meets the love of his
life, a fellow orphan named Kate (Thandie Newton).
A happy montage follows showing Norbit and Kate doing
everything together (even pooping together) before getting “married” under a
tree with Ring Pops as rings.
Things take a turn for the worse for Norbit when Kate
gets adopted leaving him all alone until the day foul-mouthed and bad-tempered
Rasputia (Murphy) storms into his life.
Time elapses showing Norbit’s miserable life with
Rasputia, leading up to their wedding day.
Living with Rasputia and working for her three equally
menacing brothers at a construction company, Norbit feels trapped. That is,
until Kate moves back in town to buy Mr. Wong’s orphanage.
Feeling as if he has a second chance at love, Norbit’s
hopes are dashed when he finds out Kate is engaged to Deion Hughes (Cuba
The rest of the movie focuses on Norbit exposing the
truth about Hughes while trying to get Kate back, Rasputia dominating Norbit’s
life as usual while having an affair with her tap dance instructor Buster
(Marlon Wayans) and a ridiculous storyline involving the orphanage, Hughes and
Rasputia’s brothers’ dream of opening Nippolopolous (don’t ask).
Before watching this movie, I knew it would not win an
Oscar or Golden Globe but I was hoping for a few cheap laughs. I guess I hoped
for too much.
“Norbit” definitely falls into the common trap of showing
the funniest parts of a movie in the trailers.
The only scene worth watching is the one at the water
park, but you don’t have to waste $5 to watch it like I did.
Just go to youtube.com, search for Norbit and watch the
trailer. All the best parts are there, believe me.
With Norbit’s whiny, lispy voice, Rasputia’s horn-honking
bit and catchphrase “How you durrin’,” sprinkled throughout the movie, these
re-occurring jokes, I hesitate using this word, begin to wear the nerves.
Mr. Wong (Murphy) and rib shack-owning pimps Lord Have
Mercy (Kat Williams) and Pope Sweet Jesus (Eddie Griffin) were definitely the
saving graces of the movie, with Wong’s humorous racist remarks and the pimps’
hilarious wedding scene.
For those who have already seen “Norbit,” I do weep for
your money gone to waste, but for those who still have a chance of saving money
and two hours of yours life, wait for the TV premiere or for a friend to rent
it on DVD.