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Still shot from the movie: Norbit.

Norbit

No one would really like to live with him or her self, or so the movie Norbit appears to prove. Staring as both a husband and overbearing wife, Eddie Murphy tries to wiggle out of the marriage once he meets dreamy Kate (Thandie Newton) and discovers his wife in bed with another man. Likewise, the filmmakers may also have a difficult time wiggling out of the potential criticism for the many mean-spirited ethnic and religious portrayals in this film. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Theater Release: 08 Feb 2007
Video Release: 04 Jun 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Norbit Rated PG-13?


Like many films of this genre, Norbit contains plenty of bathroom humor and jokes about bodily functions. There is lots of near and rear nudity as well—especially Rasputia’s character (whose skin, arguably, is not real) and another man with whom Rasputia begins having a recreational sexual relationship (we see his buttocks and upper torso after Norbit discovers the two of them in bed together). Sexual sounds are also heard. In addition, the film’s characters are often mean-spirited, intimidating, and bullying. Besides Norbit, other groups speared included the elderly and animals. For instance, people are physically abused (thrown from a window on one occasion) and trampled, while a dog is also deliberately run over with a car—all for comedic effect. Moderate and mild profanities and other expletives are heard frequently, including disrespectful references to Christian deity. Social drinking is portrayed.

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