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27th Jan '13 11:36:32 AM Sheora
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'''''Norbit''''' is a 2007 comedy film directed Brian Robbins and starring EddieMurphy in both leading roles, a la ''TheNuttyProfessor''.

The first role is that of Norbit Albert Rice. The film opens with a joke concerning Norbit's parents throwing him to the curb from the door of a car as a baby. Norbit grows up in an orphanage, which is run by an [[JapaneseRanguage Asian character who cannot pronounce "L"]] (also played by Eddie Murphy). He falls in love with fellow orphan Kate Thomas (ThandieNewton) and the two, as children, eventually pretend to marry each other with candy rings under a tree. The two are separated when she is adopted. Not long afterward, Norbit meets Murphy's other role; self-centered, domineering [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]] Rasputia Latimore, who comes from a family of black racketeers. Norbit wallows in misery married to her, until Kate turns up one day. Kate as it happens, is engaged to sneaky, slick-talking businessman Deion Hughes (Cuba Gooding Jr). But Norbit is not to be dissuaded, and he starts aiming to edge away from Rasputia and win Kate back.

''Norbit'' was a commercial success but the film was [[CriticalDissonance blasted by critics]], largely for its [[BlackComedy subject matter]], and Murphy picked up three {{Razzies}} for his various performances. Murphy had been considered a lock to win an Oscar for his role in {{Dreamgirls}} the same year; when [[AwardSnub he lost]], many suggested the release of ''Norbit'' during the balloting process was to blame.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: Throughout the film, Rasputia abuses Norbit both physically and emotionally. Although [[TheWoobie we're supposed to feel sorry for him]], most of the abuse is [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]]. [[DoubleStandard But if the genders were reversed]], then it would be a different story...
* ParentalAbandonment: Norbit's parents dropped him off at the orphanage by throwing him out of the car.....without stopping it or even slowing down.....and laughing as they drove away.
* ActingForTwo: Acting for three, actually.
* AcademyAward: Believe it or not, the film received an Oscar nomination, albeit for Best Makeup. (given that Rick Baker did the make up, this isn't that hard to believe.) So technically, we could refer to it as "The AcademyAward-nominated ''Norbit''." (At the ceremony, host JonStewart noted: "Even Norbit got a nomination, which I think is great. Too often the Academy ignores movies that aren't good.") Fortunately, the only trophies it collected were Murphy's three {{Razzies}}.
* TheBabyTrap: [[spoiler:Rasputia]] uses this on [[spoiler:Norbit when he is about to leave her.]] But [[spoiler:we the audience know that it's a lie.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Mr. Wong, the orphanage owner. When Rasputia's brothers try to take his orphanage and threaten him, he leaps up onto the table wielding a ''harpoon'' and is about the only one in town they're afraid of (besides their sister). [[spoiler: In the end, he defeats Rasputia by harpooning her in the "blow hole".]]
* BeleagueredAssistant: Norbit when he works for Rasputia's brothers.
* BerserkButton: Rasputia doesn't like it when Norbit doesn't do what she tells him, and loses it when he stands up for himself and calls her "fat, ugly bitch". Even her brothers are scared of her.
* BlackComedyRape
* TheBrute: All of Rasputia's brothers qualify.
* ButtMonkey: Norbit, pretty much throughout his life.
* CatchPhrase: "How YOU doin'!"
* ChildhoodFriendRomance
* CoolLoser: Norbit. The fact that Rasputia has to threaten a kid so he picks Norbit over a kid with a halo illustrates his status as one.
* DerailingLoveInterests: [[spoiler:Deion turns out to be a self-centered, unfaithful dick who wants to turn Norbit's orphanage into a strip club and has several children with different women.]]
* FanDisservice: TheMovie.
* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]: Rasputia.
* {{Gonk}}: Rasputia.
* HenpeckedHusband: The entire premise.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: "I'm coming at you with razor blades and lemon juice, boy."
* {{Jerkass}}: Rasputia.
* KickTheDog: Rasputia runs over Lloyd with her car, breaking his legs, for no reason.
** She even [[WouldHurtAChild threatens to kill some kids]] and doesn't care if it's in public.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: The entire town gets one when [[spoiler:Norbit finally stands up to Rasputia and reveals her and her brother's plan. Yeah, most of them are no match for her, but when she's defeated, they make up for it by chasing her brothers down and making them pay.]]
* MsFanservice: Though literally eclipsed by the disservice of Rasputia, there are some nice scenes with ThandieNewton.
* NiceGuy: Norbit.
* PlotHole: Sevrel audience members had to question why Norbit stayed with Raspustia after [[spoiler: finding out she lied about being pregnant.]] That was the only reason he was staying with her so why didn't he just go.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: "Yes, Wong very racist. Don't like black. Don't like Jew either. But blacks and Jews love Chinese food. Go figure."
* RedAndWhiteComedyPoster
* RunningGag: Norbert quietly calls her a bitch. Pretending he's shouting it to her.
* SassyBlackWoman: Taken UpToEleven.
* ScaryBlackMan: Any of Rasputia's brothers can be considered this.
* TalkingToHimself
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Norbit has this when he gets home from his date with Kate and Rasputia's brother tells him, "I'd hate to be you now".
* TinyGuyHugeGirl
* UglyGuyHotWife: [[spoiler: Norbit and Kate at the end of the movie.]]
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Kate]]
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'''''Norbit''''' is a 2007 comedy film directed Brian Robbins and starring EddieMurphy in both leading roles, a la ''TheNuttyProfessor''.

The first role is that of Norbit Albert Rice. The film opens with a joke concerning Norbit's parents throwing him to the curb from the door of a car as a baby. Norbit grows up in an orphanage, which is run by an [[JapaneseRanguage Asian character who cannot pronounce "L"]] (also played by Eddie Murphy). He falls in love with fellow orphan Kate Thomas (ThandieNewton) and the two, as children, eventually pretend to marry each other with candy rings under a tree. The two are separated when she is adopted. Not long afterward, Norbit meets Murphy's other role; self-centered, domineering [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]] Rasputia Latimore, who comes from a family of black racketeers. Norbit wallows in misery married to her, until Kate turns up one day. Kate as it happens, is engaged to sneaky, slick-talking businessman Deion Hughes (Cuba Gooding Jr). But Norbit is not to be dissuaded, and he starts aiming to edge away from Rasputia and win Kate back.

''Norbit'' was a commercial success but the film was [[CriticalDissonance blasted by critics]], largely for its [[BlackComedy subject matter]], and Murphy picked up three {{Razzies}} for his various performances. Murphy had been considered a lock to win an Oscar for his role in {{Dreamgirls}} the same year; when [[AwardSnub he lost]], many suggested the release of ''Norbit'' during the balloting process was to blame.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: Throughout the film, Rasputia abuses Norbit both physically and emotionally. Although [[TheWoobie we're supposed to feel sorry for him]], most of the abuse is [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]]. [[DoubleStandard But if the genders were reversed]], then it would be a different story...
* ParentalAbandonment: Norbit's parents dropped him off at the orphanage by throwing him out of the car.....without stopping it or even slowing down.....and laughing as they drove away.
* ActingForTwo: Acting for three, actually.
* AcademyAward: Believe it or not, the film received an Oscar nomination, albeit for Best Makeup. (given that Rick Baker did the make up, this isn't that hard to believe.) So technically, we could refer to it as "The AcademyAward-nominated ''Norbit''." (At the ceremony, host JonStewart noted: "Even Norbit got a nomination, which I think is great. Too often the Academy ignores movies that aren't good.") Fortunately, the only trophies it collected were Murphy's three {{Razzies}}.
* TheBabyTrap: [[spoiler:Rasputia]] uses this on [[spoiler:Norbit when he is about to leave her.]] But [[spoiler:we the audience know that it's a lie.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Mr. Wong, the orphanage owner. When Rasputia's brothers try to take his orphanage and threaten him, he leaps up onto the table wielding a ''harpoon'' and is about the only one in town they're afraid of (besides their sister). [[spoiler: In the end, he defeats Rasputia by harpooning her in the "blow hole".]]
* BeleagueredAssistant: Norbit when he works for Rasputia's brothers.
* BerserkButton: Rasputia doesn't like it when Norbit doesn't do what she tells him, and loses it when he stands up for himself and calls her "fat, ugly bitch". Even her brothers are scared of her.
* BlackComedyRape
* TheBrute: All of Rasputia's brothers qualify.
* ButtMonkey: Norbit, pretty much throughout his life.
* CatchPhrase: "How YOU doin'!"
* ChildhoodFriendRomance
* CoolLoser: Norbit. The fact that Rasputia has to threaten a kid so he picks Norbit over a kid with a halo illustrates his status as one.
* DerailingLoveInterests: [[spoiler:Deion turns out to be a self-centered, unfaithful dick who wants to turn Norbit's orphanage into a strip club and has several children with different women.]]
* FanDisservice: TheMovie.
* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]: Rasputia.
* {{Gonk}}: Rasputia.
* HenpeckedHusband: The entire premise.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: "I'm coming at you with razor blades and lemon juice, boy."
* {{Jerkass}}: Rasputia.
* KickTheDog: Rasputia runs over Lloyd with her car, breaking his legs, for no reason.
** She even [[WouldHurtAChild threatens to kill some kids]] and doesn't care if it's in public.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: The entire town gets one when [[spoiler:Norbit finally stands up to Rasputia and reveals her and her brother's plan. Yeah, most of them are no match for her, but when she's defeated, they make up for it by chasing her brothers down and making them pay.]]
* MsFanservice: Though literally eclipsed by the disservice of Rasputia, there are some nice scenes with ThandieNewton.
* NiceGuy: Norbit.
* PlotHole: Sevrel audience members had to question why Norbit stayed with Raspustia after [[spoiler: finding out she lied about being pregnant.]] That was the only reason he was staying with her so why didn't he just go.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: "Yes, Wong very racist. Don't like black. Don't like Jew either. But blacks and Jews love Chinese food. Go figure."
* RedAndWhiteComedyPoster
* RunningGag: Norbert quietly calls her a bitch. Pretending he's shouting it to her.
* SassyBlackWoman: Taken UpToEleven.
* ScaryBlackMan: Any of Rasputia's brothers can be considered this.
* TalkingToHimself
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Norbit has this when he gets home from his date with Kate and Rasputia's brother tells him, "I'd hate to be you now".
* TinyGuyHugeGirl
* UglyGuyHotWife: [[spoiler: Norbit and Kate at the end of the movie.]]
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Kate]]
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11th Jan '13 7:15:41 PM spongeboy1985
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* CoolLoser: Norbit. The fact that Rasputia has to threaten a kid so he picks Norbit over a kid with a halo illustrates his status as one.
11th Jan '13 7:13:15 PM spongeboy1985
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* AcademyAward: Believe it or not, the film received an Oscar nomination, albeit for Best Makeup. (given [[RickBaker who]] did the make up this isn't that hard to believe.) So technically, we could refer to it as "The AcademyAward-nominated ''Norbit''." (At the ceremony, host JonStewart noted: "Even Norbit got a nomination, which I think is great. Too often the Academy ignores movies that aren't good.") Fortunately, the only trophies it collected were Murphy's three {{Razzies}}.

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* AcademyAward: Believe it or not, the film received an Oscar nomination, albeit for Best Makeup. (given [[RickBaker who]] that Rick Baker did the make up up, this isn't that hard to believe.) So technically, we could refer to it as "The AcademyAward-nominated ''Norbit''." (At the ceremony, host JonStewart noted: "Even Norbit got a nomination, which I think is great. Too often the Academy ignores movies that aren't good.") Fortunately, the only trophies it collected were Murphy's three {{Razzies}}.
11th Jan '13 7:12:37 PM spongeboy1985
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* AcademyAward: Believe it or not, the film received an Oscar nomination, albeit for Best Makeup. So technically, we could refer to it as "The AcademyAward-nominated ''Norbit''." (At the ceremony, host JonStewart noted: "Even Norbit got a nomination, which I think is great. Too often the Academy ignores movies that aren't good.") Fortunately, the only trophies it collected were Murphy's three {{Razzies}}.

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* AcademyAward: Believe it or not, the film received an Oscar nomination, albeit for Best Makeup. (given [[RickBaker who]] did the make up this isn't that hard to believe.) So technically, we could refer to it as "The AcademyAward-nominated ''Norbit''." (At the ceremony, host JonStewart noted: "Even Norbit got a nomination, which I think is great. Too often the Academy ignores movies that aren't good.") Fortunately, the only trophies it collected were Murphy's three {{Razzies}}.
5th Jan '13 12:31:34 PM SeptimusHeap
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''Norbit'' was a commercial success but the film was [[CriticalDissonance blasted by critics]], largely for its [[DeadBabyComedy subject matter]], and Murphy picked up three {{Razzies}} for his various performances. Murphy had been considered a lock to win an Oscar for his role in {{Dreamgirls}} the same year; when [[AwardSnub he lost]], many suggested the release of ''Norbit'' during the balloting process was to blame.

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''Norbit'' was a commercial success but the film was [[CriticalDissonance blasted by critics]], largely for its [[DeadBabyComedy [[BlackComedy subject matter]], and Murphy picked up three {{Razzies}} for his various performances. Murphy had been considered a lock to win an Oscar for his role in {{Dreamgirls}} the same year; when [[AwardSnub he lost]], many suggested the release of ''Norbit'' during the balloting process was to blame.
4th Jan '13 2:22:09 PM MsCC93
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* NiceGuy: Norbit.
2nd Jan '13 7:27:55 PM taylorkerekes
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* CatchPhrase: "How YOU doin'!"
24th Dec '12 6:29:47 PM MsCC93
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* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]: Rasputia.



* FatBitch: Rasputia.
24th Dec '12 6:28:45 PM MsCC93
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* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]: Rasputia.

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* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]: {{Gonk}}: Rasputia.
* FatBitch:
Rasputia.
24th Dec '12 6:06:02 PM MsCC93
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* UglyGuyHotWife: [[spoiler: Norbit and Kate at the end of the movie.]]
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Kate]]
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