The Critics Were Wrong (Maybe)- Eddie Murphy Double Feature- The Haunted Mansion (2003) & Norbit (2007)

Eddie Murphy was once one of the most respected  and successful comics and actors in Hollywood. Unfortunately, that reputation has gone down the tubes in recent years.

In 2003, he starred in the Haunted Mansion. Based on the Disney ride of the same name, Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) and his wife Sara (Marsha Thomason) run a successful real estate company. But the business is successful because his family comes second to work.  When they receive a call about a new property, Jim cannot resist the offer. But the property’s owner, Master Gracey (Nathaniel Parker) and his butler, Ramsley (Terence Stamp) are an odd pair. Jim will discover that the house is haunted and Master Gracey has specific reasons for his invitation.

 Were the critics wrong?No. This movie tries to bridge the gap of action/comedy/family movie genre with a message of what is really important in life. But in reality, this movie is just plain bad.

Four years later, in 2007, Murphy jumped from plain bad to awful/atrocious/offensive in Norbit. Norbit is an orphan raised by Mr. Wong (also Murphy). He is engaged to Rasputia (again played by Murphy). Then he meets Kate (Thandie Newton), who is the woman of his dreams. Can he find a way to end his engagement or will be spend the rest of his days with Rasputia?

This movie is so bad it’s good. Rasputia is offensive as a character. Loud, extremely overweight, domineering and manipulative, she controls Norbit, who is without a backbone, with an iron fist. On the other side is Kate, who is sweet, caring and thin. Were the critics wrong? Absolutely not.

I do not recommend either movie.

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