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Shallow Hal (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  9 November 2001 (USA)
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A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her "inner beauty".

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rene Kirby ...
Reverend Larson
Himself (as Tony Robbins)
Joshua 'Li'iBoy' Shintani ...


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 Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Are You A Shallow Guy? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor ciego  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,518,295 (USA) (9 November 2001)


$70,836,296 (USA) (29 March 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story is set in North Carolina, as reflected by the car Shallow Hal drives off in with Rosemary at the end of the movie. The license plate is a North Carolina license plate. See more »


At the DoubleDoor Inn, where Rosie is seen dancing with the guy with spina bifida, we see the other guests applaud and approach them once they have finished dancing. And if you look closely you will see that Hal joins the crowd at the right hand side of your screen. But as it cuts to the next shot where Rosie is walking away from the crowd, we see Hal catch up with her from the opposite side where he was standing with the crowd. See more »


Jill: Hal... I'm not attracted to you.
Hal: So what? What, you think that everyone who goes out are always attracted to each other? Get real!
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Crazy Credits

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References The Crying Game (1992) See more »


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Warm, romantic, and funny.
15 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Guys, let me hand you one piece of advice. If you have a girlfriend or S.O. of another designation who has self-esteem issues, sit down with her and introduce her to this movie. I can't recommend it enough. It's the kind of romantic comedy that you can both enjoy evenly, without one of you or the other gritting their teeth and trying to make it look like a smile. Yes, it shows people being shallow, callous, and sometimes mean, but it also portrays some of those same people growing, maturing, and taking on depth. The casting is great. Gwyneth Paltrow is cute and sweet, and Jack Black walks the line between comedic goofball and serious romantic very well. Sure, there's a predictable happy ending, but the most popular romance stories tend to have that in common. Romeo and Juliet isn't everyone's cup of chai, after all. There are laughs, but this movie has heart, too. 10 out of 10. Both thumbs way up.

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