Why is Norbit rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Norbit is rated PG-13 for for crude and sexual humor, some nudity and language. (The film was originally rated R, but was edited for re-rating.)
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.