Norbit

Norbit, starring Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Eddie Griffin, Katt Williams, Marlon Wayans, and Cuba Gooding Jr, is a Dreamworks / Paramount Pictures 2007 co-production. The film was directed by Brian Robbins, half of the Tollin/Robbins equation.

The film follows Albert Rice (played by Eddie Murphy) and Kate Thomas (played by Thandie Newton) who were childhood best friends in an orphanage owned by their father figure (again, played by Eddie Murphy). Kate was adopted and the two friends were separated. Norbit meets Rasputia Latimore (once again, Eddie Murphy), an obese, overbearing, uber-vain girl and the two become BF/GF, only to eventually marry. However, the overdominating Rasputia becomes a bit overbearing. When Norbit sees Kate again suddenly, those old feelings of affection come back – dampened by the fact that she’s now engaged to Deion Hughes (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.), a slick businessman.

Norbit and Kate fall in love, hampered by Rasputia – who wants none of it – and Deion, who has made plans to buy the orphanage and reopen it as a strip club.

This film was not warmly received by critics, who by and large called it cruel, crass, depressing and stereotypical. However the film was a box office success, opening to the tune of $34.2 million in the US. This film serves as Eddie Murphy’s 14 number one box office opener.

Now that the producer-directors Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins have dissolved their nearly 15-year partnership to pursue separate projects, reviews o films produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions (or simply known as TRP) will cease.  Many of the employees of TRP have moved on to other production companies or followed either Mike Tollin or Brian Robbins as they pursued their new projects.

Most of us who worked for TRP thrived in the hectic pace and the exciting projects that went down over the past 15 years. I happened to be an assistant to the office manager and procurer of all the company’s janitorial supplies among many other duties. I certainly didn’t go to school to learn how to order all office and janitorial supplies, but instead learned on the job. Since I believe in the pro green philosophy I was determined to make sure all products and supplies that I purchased for TRP were environmentally friendly. I searched online for the best janitorial supply venders and found a great web site CleanItSupply with cleaning products & janitorial supplies that satisfied my criteria. Sure, there are other e-commerce sites offering similar products, but CleanItSupply had great customer service and offered a large choice of high quality toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, hand soaps etc, and heavy duty cleaning products that were environmentally friendly. Take for example their “green” toilet paper. It is biodegradable and made from 100% recycled paper fiber. In fact all the “green” paper products CleanItSupply were free of inks, dyes and fragrances, meeting the Green Seal environmental standard for bleaching, de-inking and packaging. The heavy duty cleaning products that TRP needed for the floors, sinks, mirrors, etc were free from harsh chemical fumes or chemical residue. I liked the fact that their cleaning power was derived from the most effective natural sources, such as coconut-based cleaning agent, essential lemon oils, corn-based alcohol and earth-based materials. There were several people in the office who were highly sensitive to many cleaning products, to fragrances and harsh chemicals. They always let me know how much they appreciated that I ordered such products. Not that I am looking for a job that involves ordering janitorial supplies, but I am environmentally aware and proud of it.

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