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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

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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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Did You Know?


Ironically, Jack Black had to lose weight for the role of Hal. See more »


Rosemary said that 100,000 Kiribati women were in danger, requiring the Peace Corps volunteers to return. Kiribati's total population is 96,000. See more »


[Hal is sitting in bed and Rosemary tosses her panties at him. He picks them up and they are revealed to be extremely large]
Hal: What the - ? How did - ?
[Rosemary only smiles]
Hal: Get over here, Houdini!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening scene when Hal's father passes away in the hospital, his heart rate monitor is shown flat-lining; the EKG line on the monitor remains straight for a few seconds before drawing up "Twentieth Century Fox presents..." in the same format. See more »


Remade as Habibi Na'eman (2008) See more »


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Written by Lars Luis Linek (as Lars-Luis Linek)
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This movie is very funny.
11 September 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie and thought Jack Black was at his best in it. He carried the whole movie along with Gwyneth Paltrow and they both did an excellent job filling roles unlike any they have done before. Many people will like this non traditional comedy that has a strong moral message. If you are someone who enjoys a lighthearted meaningful story than definitely see this movie. Don't be fooled by reviews that say it makes fun of overweight people (only) because it's message is that size doesn't and shouldn't matter. Yes, the main characters are shallow and say some awful things, but their main purpose is to represent those of us who need to change the way we view and treat other human beings. I've always like Jack Black as a comedian but never pictured him as a "boyfriend" character until seeing this movie. He was able to transform the very shallow unappealing Hal into a very likeable person. See it for Gwyneth if anything, she is very cute in it.

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