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In which Eddie Murphy gets to hone his comic talent, if that's the word, in three different roles: he dons a fat suit as shrewish wife Rasputia, puts on a lisp as her nice-guy husband Norbit, and is unrecognisable as Chinese orphanage boss Mr Wong. Obesity seems quite a risky target in today's America, and one imagines Chinese audiences won't be too thrilled by the portrayal of Wong as an unregenerate racist. The real problem, however, is the complete absence of anything you could call wit.