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A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her "inner beauty".

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Reverend Larson
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Himself (as Tony Robbins)
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Storyline

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

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9 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,277,183 (UK) (1 February 2002)

Gross:

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

After getting into her make up for the first time, Gwyneth Paltrow spent the rest of the day walking around in public. No one recognized her, and she used people's reaction to her as an obese women to help understand her character in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Hal carries Rosemary to the car, a boom mic is reflected in the glass at the top of the front door. See more »

Quotes

Tony Robbins: Hal, don't you think you're being a bit shallow here in the way you look at women?
Hal: Well, no! You know, I'd like her to be into culture and shit, too.
Tony Robbins: Ok Hal, hypothetical situation; Which do you prefer, a girlfriend missing one breast or half a brain?
Hal: Hmmm, toughie. What about the remaining breast? Is it big?
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Cute little pic-not great but good.
17 August 2003 | by (Conn) – See all my reviews

Paltrow's pretty good here, I enjoyed this movie a lot. Not great but certainly good, carries a nice message and it's a good premise.

However, a lot of people did get offended by this. The movie kind of does that to itself-though the theme here is "everybodys' beautiful" etc etc and meant to look at how much women are judged by their looks, the movie wasn't as bold as it could have been. If it REALLY wanted to take hold of this issue there would have been more of the "heavy paltrow" not just a few quick shots. Shows the thin paltrow a lot more and it shouldn't. Does anyone get the feeling the movie was almost afraid of it's own subject matter? That's what takes the "oomph" out of the movie and makes it a sweet little picture rather then an outstanding film. Still, it's OK-I know many people, both heavy and thin who saw this, most were not offended by the picture but had the movie aimed for serious movie making instead of predictable Hollywood fare(the former would have been more appropriate for the subject matter at hand) the movie would have been a lot better.


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Get rid of the pool scene!!! bookworm1-262-643168
Am I the only one who found Rosemary unpleasant on the inside also? DjokerFan
Would you have taken the gift of seeing only the inner beauty? iffy619
It's clearly unhealthy to be that heavy NoTacoNoTaco
Rosemary rsr26
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