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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


The Biggest Love Story Ever Told. 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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1.85 : 1
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Maurice (Jason Alexander) chastises Hal for taking 8 seconds to think of a "comeback" (a retort quip. His character George Costanza famously goes thru something similar in the 'Seinfeld' episode "The Comeback". In the episode, George has a conflict with one of his coworkers at the New York Yankees when he notices George stuffing himself with shrimp cocktail at a meeting, he remarks: "Hey George, the ocean called; they're running out of shrimp." Slow-witted George cannot think of a comeback until later, while driving to the tennis club to meet Jerry. His comeback is: "Well, the Jerk Store called, and they're running out of you." George becomes obsessed with recreating the encounter so that he can make use of his comeback. See more »


When they pull into the gas station while on the bike trip, the camera dolly is visible as Hal and his friend walk from the car. 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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Spoofs Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Never Forget Where I'm From
Written by Justin Kawika Young and Kekama Emmsley
Performed by Joshua 'Li'iBoy' Shintani (as Joshua "Li'iboy" Shintani)
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Funny film about lacking depth
9 September 2002 | by (In A Confined Space) – See all my reviews

"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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