Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a grossly obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? Written by
In Roger Ebert's review he states, "Only the most attentive audience members will catch the Farrellys' subtle reference to a famous poem by Emily Dickinson." Ebert's reference is to a fly that buzzes in the death scene of Hal's father; the poem is, "I heard a Fly buzz - when I died" See more »
Rosemary's description and the filmmaker's interpretation of Psoriasis for the character Ralph is highly exaggerated. See more »
[Hal is going to make his move on some unattractive girls]
I'm going for the one in the middle. You can have your pick of the other two.
So you get the hyena, and I have to choose between the hippo and the giraffe?
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After the credits, Walt prepares to go skiing. See more »
"Shallow Hal" is the best film about love, dating, and being shallow that I have seen since "The Tao Of Steve". This is also the best Farrelly Brothers film I have ever seen. It even beats out "There's Something About Mary". Jack Black rocks as 'Shallow' Hal Larsen, a man who wants the perfect woman but ends up falling for the perfect woman. Gwyneth Paltrow did very well as Hal's overweight but big-hearted girlfriend. Not only were the characters well-written, the story was well executed and well plotted. It was unexpected in several ways and I really liked it. The Farrelly Brothers score a critically-acclaimed in-park home run with "Shallow Hal". I give this film 10 out of 10!
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