Eddie Murphy supposedly insulted a lot of people with this film: foreigners, racial stereotypes, obese women, nerds, hopeless romantics, animals, intelligent people, and moviegoers. But the one person whose feelings he hurt more than anyone else was his own.
Norbit is the film that lost Eddie Murphy his Oscar. It's actually not as bad as that. It is not good, but as a stupid American comedy of its ilk, it is one of the better ones. Amid the scatology and grotesquerie, there are a some sharp lines, the character of Norbit is very likeable, and the actors deliver. I don't recommend it as such, but I had to say that the reputation of Norbit as irredemable is exaggerated.