Saturday, September 25, 2010


NORBIT (****)

You shouldn't judge a book by its cover-- or, in this case, a movie titled Norbit by its ridiculous DVD case in which a giant fat, female Eddie Murphy crushes a scrawny, dorky Eddie Murphy.  Once again, Eddie Murphy has put on display his comedic genius.

Is Norbit the best movie ever?  Probably not.  I can think of a handful of movies off the top of my head that are probably better (ET, Fight Club, Crash, Scream 2).  Still, this is one definitely worth owning especially if you own a BlueRay player so you can really appreciate the artistry of the film.

While you watch the film, here’s a fun game you can play:

Every time something absolutely ridiculous/racist/generally offensive happens take a shot of your favorite alcoholic beverage.  If you really play this game you will not survive through the opening credit sequence-- Eddie Murphy voice over in which he talks like he’s mentally retarded (shot), baby thrown out of car, almost eaten by wolves (shot), Eddie Murphy as Mr. Chu (racist Asian stereotype who owns noodle house/orphanage) finds baby Norbit and says, “Ugly black one.  Can’t give these away” (shot), Mr. Chu throws harpoons at children (shot), Mr. Chu tells young Norbit to play with duck head (shot), and (best of all) young Norbit, after telling us that he and his love interest do everything together, holds hands with her while they both take a shit in the toilet (shot).  And these are just the shot-worthy parts of the credit sequence that I can remember off the top of my head.  I’m sure there are many more, but I am not going to watch Norbit now, when I don’t plan on doing any drinking, to find them.