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Shallow Hal (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  9 November 2001 (USA)
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Ratings: 5.9/10 from 105,107 users   Metascore: 48/100
Reviews: 423 user | 108 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

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?


When Rosemary jumps in the pool, the huge splash was created by two wide hoses (which Gwyneth Paltrow had to dive between) which shot off the streams of water on either side of her, simulating a huge splash of water. 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 »


Mauricio: Shallow Hal wants a gal.
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Crazy Credits

While the credits roll, the photos of all crew members involved in the making the film are shown. See more »


References Star Trek (1966) 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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Incredibly sweet, charming movie
16 August 2003 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

I know many complain it wasnt as funny as past farelly movies such as "Something about Mary" or "Kingpin". But it wasnt supposed to be. It was intended to be a comedy, and it was extremely successful, and it was very funny, however it wasnt supposed to be non-stop, grossout laughs like their past efforts. I always liked the Farelly Brothers's movies because while hilarious, they always had an underlying sweetness to them. I think this one prevailed the most in that department- I think 'Shallow Hal' is an incredibly sweet, and even more upon second viewing, just a charming, great movie-watching experience. I think if people give it another chance and cut it some slack in the non-stop jokes department, they will see it for the great, enjoyable movie with a message that it really is.

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would you girls want this? individualist00000
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