“Norbit” Podcast Movie Review

Norbit Eddie Murphy

Norbit – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 59

“Everything in this movie is so pathologically unclever.”

In this week’s episode, Daniel and Corky disappear into the roles of white, middle-aged podcast hosts with their review of the outrageously unfunny Norbit.

Eddie Murphy co-wrote and co-produced this series of fart and poop jokes, making Norbit one of the weirdest passion projects ever.  He also plays three roles, including the lifelong loser title character and Rasputia, his abusive wife.  Rasputia is fat, mean and destructive, essentially a human version of the boulder from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Her monstrousness is the film’s one joke, offered in endless non-variations.

The two saving graces to Norbit are Murphy’s go-for-broke performance, and the Oscar-nominated makeup work by Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji.  Otherwise, it’s a nonstop series of sloppily constructed comedy bits peopled with racist and misogynist caricatures. Norbit is a movie designed for children that no child should ever be allowed to watch.

Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss turkey ass, fart snores, power tap teachers and pimp-licious makeovers.


Evan Almighty (Ben Parker)

Backdraft 2 (The Ghost of Bull McCaffrey)


U.S. theatrical release date: Feb. 9, 2007

Domestic box office: $95.7 million (production budget: $60 million)

Critic scores: 9 on Rotten Tomatoes; 27 on Metacritic

This week’s craft coffee: Chapman Crafted Coffee’s First Roast (Single-Origin Guatemala)

This week’s darer: Mr. Positivity Wolfie T, host of the WTM – Watch This Movie podcast

Why did Wolfie T dare Daniel and Corky to watch Norbit? “Norbit is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, but I only know about five people who have actually seen it. When I saw it in the theatre, my friend and I were the only ones there. When I mention it to people, I get eye rolls, groans, sarcastic laughs, and the most common comment is, “That movie sucks…I haven’t seen it.” No other movie podcast would dare touch this one, not even the one I co-host!”

IMDB synopsis: “A mild-mannered guy, who is married to a monstrous woman, meets the woman of his dreams, and schemes to find a way to be with her.”

This week’s referenced movies: The VelociPastorLove on a LeashAngels & DemonsInfernoFight ClubBruce AlmightyBackdraftTop Gun; the Nutty Professor movies; BoomerangHarlem NightsReady to RumbleMeet DaveA Thousand Words; the Star Wars prequels; I Know Who Killed MeDreamgirls; the Madea movies; Coming to AmericaForrest Gump; the Harry Potter movies; National Lampoon’s Animal HouseKirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasE.T. the Extra-TerrestrialRoad House (1989); My Name Is Dolemite

Ratings: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Double Dare


Original theatrical trailer for Norbit

Boxing argument from Coming to America

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