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Norbit is a 2007 comedy film, directed Brian Robbins and starring Eddie Murphy in both leading roles, a la The Nutty Professor.
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The film opens with Norbit Albert Rice's (Murphy) parents throwing him to the front of an orphanage from the car door as a baby. Norbit grows up there, which is run by a stereotypical Asian man who cannot pronounce "L" (also played by Murphy). He falls in love with fellow orphan Kate Thomas (Thandie Newton) and the two, as children, eventually pretend to marry each other with Ring Pops under a tree. Eventually, the two are separated when she is adopted.

Not long afterward, Norbit meets self-centered, domineering, evil Fat Bastard Rasputia Latimore (ALSO played by Murphy), who comes from a family of black racketeers. Norbit wallows in misery while being married to her until Kate turns up one day. As it happens, Kate is engaged to sneaky, slick-talking businessman Dion Hughes (Cuba Gooding, Jr.). But Norbit is not to be dissuaded and he starts aiming to edge away from Rasputia and win Kate back, as well as foiling a sabotage plan on the orphanage constructed by Rasputia and her brothers.

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Rasputia becomes this to Norbit. As children at the orphanage, the burly, bigger Rasputia saves Norbit from bullies but demands that he become her boyfriend. Norbit has no attraction to Rasputia, either by her looks or her personality, but he accepts because she is the only person who protects him and also because he is afraid of her. Decades later, they've married, though she she abuses him physically, psychologically and sexually, and even cheats on him which breaks his heart. In spite of her own infidelity, the morbidly obese Rasputia also demands that he have eyes for no one but her, which the long-suffering idiot patiently does for many years despite her constant abuse.
  • Amusing Injuries:That is the only way to explain how Norbit can still be alive even though he is crushed by Rasputia every night.
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  • And Now You Must Marry Me: A deleted scene shows that it was Rasputia who forced Norbit to marry her, threatening to hit him if he refused.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Norbit and his life with Rasputia is a nightmare. The original script reveals that Norbit was born in 1968 and that the present plot is situated in 2005. Considering that Norbit was 10 years old when he met Rasputia, this means that the couple stayed together for at least 25 years. Poor Norbit...
  • The Baby Trap: Rasputia uses this on Norbit when he is about to leave her. But we all know that it's a lie. She even forgets about it shortly after and says it was just gas.
  • Bad Liar: Rasputia is very clearly lying about being pregnant... especially when she claims a telltale sign is that she's getting "a little belly".
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After Kate was adopted, Norbit prayed and wished for a girlfriend and a family. He got ... Rasputia.
  • Beauty = Goodness: Kate is beautiful and an amazing person. Rasputia is neither. At least from Norbit's point of view.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Norbit when he works for Rasputia's brothers.
  • Beneath the Mask: Rasputia puts on a highly confident, abrasive front, but the minute she feels she is losing control of Norbit, she loses her mind. Her favorite song seems to be “Don’t Cha”, which she sings in a much more demented fashion when she drives to go catch Norbit cheating on her; she immediately begins bragging to Kate how she apparently can’t keep Norbit off of her; and in general loses any composure when Norbit insults her in front of the whole town. A highly telling scene is towards the beginning when Norbit tries to leave her for cruelly running over his dog - Rasputia isn't even furious or ranting at him, but she's utterly distraught and begging him to not go and lies that she's pregnant. It very much appears that Rasputia actually has poor self-image and boosts it by constantly abusing and controlling Norbit.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Rasputia doesn't like it when Norbit doesn't do what she says and loses it when he stands up for himself.
    • Do NOT mention Rasputia’s weight to her if you know what’s good for you... unless you find it attractive, then she won’t mind jokes about her size.
  • Betty and Veronica: Norbit is Archie, Kate is Betty, and Rasputia is Veronica.
  • Big Bad: Rasputia. Amusingly, she may also qualify as The Heavy since she is the biggest (no pun intended) threat to Norbit, while Jack is the leader of the brothers (whose main power comes from the town’s fear of Rasputia).
  • Big Eater: One doesn't grow to be Rasputia's size without being this. Amusingly, as a child, she was delegated to eating only the wing of the turkey by her oldest brother. Norbit mentions she was banned for life from the local diner for eating all the food at some point.
  • Brain Bleach: Rasputia's appearance and personality often causes this in the film.
    • All the guests in the church make no effort to hide their disgust as they see Norbit and Rasputia kissing at the wedding.
    • The look of disgust and horror on Norbit's face when he sees Rasputia wearing a lingerie on their honeymoon night...
    • Kate doesn't know what to say when she sees the physical appearance of Norbit's wife for the first time.
    • Several employees and customers at the water park are horrified to see Rasputia in a bikini (especially because her belly is so large that it completely covers her hips, making her look naked).
    • At one point, Rasputia, clearly wanting to provoke jealousy, tells Kate that she and Norbit have sex all the time and in a wild way. Kate, who was drinking, chokes immediately and makes an expression of horror and disgust as Rasputia continues talking about her sex life with Norbit.
  • Bridal Carry:
    • Rasputia seems to believe Norbit will be able to do that. When Norbit fails miserably, she gets furious.
    • Norbit and Kate at the end of the film.
  • Bully Hunter: Mr. Wong, who is the only person in town brave enough to stand up to the Latimores.
  • Butt-Monkey: Norbit, pretty much throughout his life.
  • Catchphrase: Rasputia has one: "How YOU doin'?"
  • Chased by Angry Natives: Rasputia was the only reason the town never took action against the Latimores (until the climax at least). Once Mr. Wong sends her fleeing after spearing her from behind, they have no problem running her brothers out of town.
  • Childhood Friend Romance:
    • Averted with Norbit and Rasputia. The two met in childhood, but the "romance" definitely came only from her, and nothing from him.
    • Norbit and Kate, who beat the odds and get married at the end of the film.
  • Chubby Chaser:
    • Averted with Norbit. He does not feel any physical attraction. On the contrary, he is disgusted by her. Later, Rasputia desperately tries to convince Kate that Norbit is this. It's unclear if she really believes it or if she's just lying to make Kate jealous.
    • The "power tap guru" who Rasputia cheats on Norbit with... although this is also averted when he later becomes disgusted when Rasputia calls for another night of sex, suggesting that he is only interested in her money.
    • If their reactions are anything to go by the Mexican patrons at the Latimore's new strip club are this.
    Rasputia: Hold on, now, Pepe! Ain't nothing going down there unless it got the word "Peso" written on it!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Rasputia is more than a little crazy.
    Rasputia: (can barely fit in her car) Damn it, Norbit! How many times I gotta tell you, don't be messin' with my car seat?!
    Norbit: Nobody touched your old, stupid seat.
    Rasputia: Then how come it's all mushed up like this then?
    Norbit: Well you know, Rasputia, you've been eating so much lately, it's a very strong possibility that—
    Rasputia: (immediately gives him a Death Glare)
    Norbit: (backtracks) The— the car is shrinking. Might be shrinking. The car is getting smaller.
    Rasputia: ...Yeah, you might be right. Been rainin' a lot lately. All this moist weather.
    Norbit: Oh yeah, that'll make it shrink.
    Rasputia: The weather's so moist.
  • Cool Loser: Norbit. The fact that Rasputia has to threaten a boy so he picks Norbit over a boy with a halo illustrates his status as one.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Just in case anything happened to the letter, Norbit got in contact with Deion's ex-wives to reveal everything at his and Kate's wedding.
  • Derailing Love Interests: Deion turns out to be a self-centered, unfaithful jerk who is involved in a plan to turn Norbit's orphanage into a strip club and has several children with different women.
  • Destructo-Nookie: Rasputia loves to make sexual fantasies with her husband every night. Unfortunately for Norbit, these fantasies always start with Rasputia jumping on Norbit, with her enormous weight causing the bed to break to the floor with a huge crash, smashing Norbit in the process. Rasputia takes pleasure in this, but not Norbit, judging by his expressions and screams of pain. Finally, after a while, the bed no longer breaks... because the couple places a huge concrete block underneath.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Throughout the film, Rasputia abuses Norbit both physically, sexually and emotionally. Although we're supposed to feel sorry for himinvoked, most of the abuse is played for laughs. But if the genders were reversed, then it would be a different story...
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Norbit is forced to have sex with Rasputia every night, wearing ridiculous and embarrassing sexual fantasies. If Norbit's look of disgust and fear upon seeing Rasputia heading toward him half-naked is no a sign that he is doing so against his will, the screams and expressions of pain he makes when Rasputia jumps on him, crushing it and breaking the bed, take away any doubt. The message is clear: Norbit is being raped by Rasputia. And it's all played for laughs. Again, if the genders were reversed, none of this would be funny.
  • The Dreaded: Rasputia is feared and reviled by her husband and the entire town, and even her brothers are afraid of her. When she’s defeated, the townspeople immediately chase her brothers out as well.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Poor Norbit goes through a lot. But in the end, he is finally free of Rasputia's hold on him and can marry his true sweetheart Kate.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Rasputia seems to really believe that Norbit can carry her. The result of her leaps in the sex montage is a broken bed and a crushed Norbit screaming in pain.
    • Norbit can't sleep well because Rasputia, besides snoring loudly, occupies most of the bed space with its huge body. Finally one night, he loses his temper and tries to push her into her space. For a few seconds he thinks he has succeeded ... and suddenly Rasputia turns in his sleep and lies on Norbit, crushing him and forcing him to scream in pain all night long.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The brothers may fear their sister, but they still stick together to the very end of the film.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs. Rasputia is an abusive, violent woman, but she scolds herself when she swears in church. Then she swears at herself for swearing... which causes her to swear... which causes her to swear again...
  • Evil Laugh: Rasputia did one after she maimed Lloyd and another one during Kate and Deion's wedding when Norbit initially failed to expose Deion's unscrupulousness.
  • Expy: Norbit shares some similarities with Jiff Ramsey, another Black and Nerdy Eddie Murphy character.
  • Extreme Doormat: Norbit until the end when he is willing to make a stand in front of the entire town and publicly call out Rasputia.
  • Fan Disservice: Many, many scenes with Rasputia wearing short clothes, bikinis, lingerie or even naked, to the horror of Norbit, Kate and everyone around her. Of course, viewers who are Chubby Chaser's may enjoy scenes with Rasputia.
  • Fat Bitch: Rasputia starts out as a domineering, abrasive child, and grows up to be a bitter, vindictive, and not exactly petty woman.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Rasputia is a walking example of this trope, with countless jokes at the expense of her obesity. Though the movie can never decide on what her actual weight is thanks to her weight being Played for Laughs: she does not break the water slide she rides which has a 300 lb weight limit, but not only appears much bigger than that, but frequently seems like she weighs about 300 lbs more than that given her interactions with the world.
  • Fat Idiot: Despite being rather cunning in her own right, Rasputia often displays a lower-than-average level of intelligence. When she gains weight and can’t fit in her car, Norbit lies and suggests the car shrunk, which Rasputia agrees to since they’ve had a lot of rain lately.
  • Forceful Kiss: On his wedding day, Norbit looks at the priest in disbelief when he says he can kiss the bride, and is even more disgusted when he takes off the veil and sees Rasputia's face. He tries to give a peck, but Rasputia forces him to kiss him with his tongue. The guests make no attempt to hide the disgust of the scene, and judging by Norbit's legs desperately trying to break free from Rasputia, the feeling is shared by him.
  • Gasshole: Rasputia, to the disgust of Norbit.
  • Gold Digger: Deion - he marries rich women only for their money, then makes a killing off of divorce settlements.
  • The Heavy: Rasputia. While Big Black Jack is the default leader of the Lattimores, Rasputia is the main, personal threat to Norbit and the main antagonist of the movie.
  • Henpecked Husband: The entire premise.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Mr. Wong had Norbit play in MSG/with severed duck heads as a kid and had him carry around a cardboard whale to use as target practice. And that is before Norbit met Rasputia.
  • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: Downplayed. Norbit is a skinny, dorky-looking fellow, and it's definitely not particularly beautiful. But compared to his morbidly obese wife Rasputia...
  • Hypocrite: Rasputia - she cheats on Norbit and gaslights him when he confronts her about it, but acts very controlling and threatening as soon as Kate enters the picture.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Jack outlines this pretty clearly during Norbit's wedding to Rasputia. "I'm coming at you with razor blades and lemon juice, boy."
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Non-fatal example. Wong throws a harpoon that stabs right into Rasputia’s ass.
  • Implied Death Threat: After finding him on his date with Kate, Rasputia threatens violence against her should Norbit ever see her again by way of pouring acid on a potato doll of Kate.
  • Insatiable Newlyweds: After the marriage, the movie immediately shows a sex montage involving Norbit and Rasputia... to her pleasure and his horror, as Rasputia forces her husband into ridiculous sexual fantasies, and always jumps on him, breaking the bed and smashing Norbit, who screams in pain.
  • Jerkass: Deion. He made a deal with Rasputia's brothers to turn Mr. Wong's orphanage into a strip club once he marries Kate. He was also revealed to have married a few women, only to divorce them and made a lot of money through divorce settlements while neglecting his own children with them.
    • Rasputia.
    • The Latimore Brothers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr. Wong, who's a racist, abrasive old coot, but he still loves Norbit and Kate and is a good father to them.
  • Karma Houdini: The Latimores. Yes, they lose and get chased out of town and never bother Norbit again, but they end up opening a successful strip club, which was their motive in the film, albeit they opened it in Mexico. Nevertheless, they seem well-adjusted and happy enough. Rasputia in particular seems happy to finally be admired by the men of the city after years of marriage to a man who was only repulsed by her.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Rasputia runs over Lloyd with her car, breaking his legs, for eyeballing her.
    • She even threatens to kill some kids and doesn't care if it is in public.
    • When Kate is distraught after being told that Norbit played her to get her to sign the papers of the orphanage, she cries and tells him and Rasputia to leave her alone. Rasputia mocks her cries and laughs as she leaves.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Mr. Wong, Mrs. Henderson, and some of the local vendors do this during the moment mentioned below, even though most of them, except for Wong, prove to be no match for Rasputia. Bonus points for Mrs. Henderson swinging purses around and going "BRING IT, BITCHES!"
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Rasputia was not informed by her brothers of Norbit spending more and more time with Kate, and was especially not told about their date in which Norbit was tasked with getting the papers signed. Earl is terrified when Rasputia scares the truth out of him.
  • Love at First Sight: A dark example with Rasputia and Norbit.
  • Love Triangle: A love triangle with four people, in fact. Norbit is in love with Kate, who disappears from her life after being adopted. So he is forced to marry Rasputia, although he feels nothing for her. Then Kate returns to town ... but now she's married to Deion, who is only interested in her money.
  • Manipulative Bastards: Rasputia, her brothers, and Deion. Rasputia manipulates Norbit into following her commands, Rasputia's brothers manipulate Deion (and later, Norbit) into signing the contract, and Deion manipulates Kate into marrying him for her money.
  • Meaningful Echo: When they were children at the orphanage, Norbit and Kate have a pretend wedding under a tree with ring pops. Later, at the end when they're both adults, they get married for real under that same tree and with ring pops. Cue tears of heartwarming.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: The entire town gets one when 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. Also counts as a The Dog Bites Back moment for the entire town.
  • Moral Myopia: Rasputia is so delusional that she feels she has done no wrong by cheating on Norbit. If Norbit cheats on her, though? There’s hell to pay.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Though literally eclipsed by the disservice of Rasputia, there are some nice scenes with Thandie Newton. Granted, viewers who are Chubby Chaser's may enjoy scenes with Rasputia, particularly in the water park sequence when she spends the entire time in a revealing bikini (and the makeup and special effects portray her obesity pretty convincingly).
  • Never My Fault: Nothing is Rasputia's fault, according to her. Her status as a rampant Villainous Glutton and her obesity is clearly to blame for her not fitting in her own car, but she blames it on Norbit for supposedly adjusting her seat. Norbit suggests that the car shrinking... and Rasputia agrees, since it’s been raining a lot lately.
  • Nice Guy: Norbit.
  • Nobody Poops: Inverted. Norbit and Kate actually do it together as children.
  • Noodle Incident: Norbit mentions that Rasputia was banned for life from the Italian diner for eating all the food one night.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Norbit's face screams this at his marriage, with him realizing that he will spend the rest of his life with Rasputia.
    • Norbit again on their honeymoon when Rasputia enters the room wearing a lingerie ...
    • Rasputia's brothers after she flees from the town after getting speared in the behind. Since she was the only thing holding the townspeople off, their reaction is pretty justified.
  • Only Sane Man: Or in this case, woman. In a city where Norbit, Rasputia, the Latimores, Mr. Wong, Pope Sweet Jesus and Lord Have Mercy live, Kate is clearly the only rational person who acts in horror when witnessing Norbit and Rasputia's married life.
  • Parental Abandonment: 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. Geez even in childhood, the poor guy never caught a break.
  • Pet the Dog: Rasputia actually does seem to be getting along with Kate for a bit at the waterpark, even if she does begin to project her insecurity around Kate by loudly bragging about having sex with Norbit. It’s the most pleasant she seems to be the entire film.
  • Plot Hole: Several audience members had to question why Norbit stayed with Raspustia after finding out she lied about being pregnant, since that was the only reason he decided to stay after trying to leave.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: "Yes, Wong very racist. Don't like black. Don't like Jew either. But blacks and Jews love Chinese food. Go figure."
  • Promotion to Parent: It isn't known what happened to the Lattimores' parents, but Big Black Jack appears to have raised Rasputia, Earl, and Blue for a good chunk of their childhood.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Rasputia shows shades of this, as when she is told “no”, she throws violent tantrums and screams like a kid having a meltdown. Her use of a potato doll for her threat on Kate’s life is also rather demented.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: On her honeymoon, Rasputia leaves the bathroom and enters the room wearing her red lingerie, smiling at her husband Norbit. However, this does not excite him at all, because she is morbidly obese and he was forced to marry her against his will. And then, to make matters worse, she jumps on him, breaking the bed and smashing Norbit, who screams in pain.
  • Reality Ensues: Rasputia chases Norbit in a rage when Norbit curses her for cheating on him... but the chase doesn’t last long due to her being morbidly obese. She’s soon wheezing and crumbling to the ground, unable to carry on the chase.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Norbit gets a great one when he confesses to Kate his love for her and Rasputia immediately enters and demands to know what he said.
    Norbit: You heard me, strumpet! I love Kate, not you! And the last two weeks we've spent together have meant more to me than my entire miserable life with you, Rasputia! It's over! Norbit Allan Rice is no longer your bitch!
  • Running Gag: Rasputia having sex with Norbit, jumping on him and breaking the bed, and crushing her husband in the process.
    • Norbit quietly calling Rasputia a bitch. Pretending he is shouting it to her.
  • Sex Montage: Norbit and Rasputia are shown having sex several times, including during special occasions (Christmas, the Fourth of July, etc.). Of course, given her massive weight, most of the montage scenes basically involve her body-slamming Norbit in bed and him squeaking out greetings in comical despair.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Deion’s true nature is publicly revealed, he concedes defeat and flees. Later, after Rasputia flees, the Latimore Brothers immediately head for the hills.
  • Stout Strength: Rasputia is obese and can barely run, but she is a physical powerhouse in terms of brute strength, capable of lifting grown people and throwing them like basketballs.
  • This Cannot Be!: Rasputia is so vain and self-centered that she cannot process the idea that she’s not the most desirable woman alive. She loses her mind when Norbit doesn’t do what she says, and has a complete mental breakdown when she learns he is cheating on her.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Norbit's expression when he has to kiss Rasputia at the wedding.
    • Norbit's expression as Rasputia enters the room on the honeymoon night, wearing a lingerie...
    • Also, Norbit when he gets home from his date with Kate, and Big Black Jack cannot even hold back a laugh when he tells him, "I'd hate to be you now,"... because a very angry Rasputia is waiting inside their house after having caught Norbit cheating on her. Later, after Rasputia flees when Mr. Wong harpoons her, Jack quietly mumbles, "We dead." as the town rallies to chase them out.
    • The Latimores when they realize that the entire city has finally turned against them.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Rasputia is enormously overweight, compared to the very skinny Norbit. She is also taller than him.
  • Uncertain Doom: When the townspeople chase the Latimores out of town, Jack is able to keep clear of the angry mob. However, Earl and Blue are caught by the crowd, and aren’t seen in the ending in Mexico, leaving it unknown if they escaped with their brother and sister.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Norbit and Kate at the end of the film.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Lattimores use Norbit to get Kate to sign off on the liquor license for the orphanage. Norbit doesn’t realize this until it’s too late.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Rasputia has proven to be a total tank that not even a crowd of people can stop her. What finally does? A spear thrown into her butt by Mr. Wong, which sends her running like a chicken.
  • What Does She See in Him??: Or in that case, what he sees in her. That's for sure what goes on in Kate's mind when she meets Norbit's wife, and it only gets worse over the course of the movie as she learns more about Rasputia's nasty personality. It is only at the end of the movie that she finally finds out why: Rasputia would try to kill Norbit if he separated from her.
    • Of course, the same can be said about Rasputia and Kate's feelings towards Norbit. In Rasputia's case, it may be because Norbit would be the only coward enough in town to accept being ruled by her.
  • Worthy Opponent: Mr. Wong is the only man in town that the Latimore Brothers respect and genuinely fear since he is not afraid to stand up to them with a harpoon.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Kate
  • Yellowface: Murphy as Wong.

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