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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:
Steve Shanahan
Rene Kirby ...
Himself (as Tony Robbins)
Second Tiffany
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 largely 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 USA:

$22,518,295, 11 November 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,836,296, 31 March 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,069,860, 1 September 2012
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Roger Ebert's review he states, "Only the most attentive audience members will catch the Farrellys' subtle reference to a famous poem by Emily Dickinson." Ebert's reference is to a fly that buzzes in the death scene of Hal's father; the poem is, "I heard a Fly buzz - when I died" See more »


Rosemary's description and the filmmaker's interpretation of Psoriasis for the character Ralph is highly exaggerated. See more »


[Walt puts on a pair of rubber gloves]
Nurse Tanya Peeler: What are those for?
Walt: You ever walked through a truck-stop men's room on your hands?
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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 »


Featured in David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) See more »


Written and Performed by Joseph Arthur
Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd./Virgina Records America, Inc.
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Pretty Funny Film With A Good Message
25 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Do you judge a person - particularly a woman - by her outward appearance? If you do, you're "shallow" and that's the message played out in this comedy.

The humor in here is good, very funny in spots. There are plenty of jokes and sight gags. If you are obese and very sensitive, then skip this film because you won't appreciate some of the humor in this film. But, if you can laugh at yourself, you'll enjoy it too - and especially the message this film brings.

Jack Black was pretty much of an unknown actor when this came out, but he's well-known now after School Of Rock, King Kong and other films. Gwyneth Paltrow everyone knows. She looked very pretty in here, maybe the best I've ever seen her. Jason Alexander and Joe Viterelli provide good supporting help. By the way, it was strange hearing Viterelli with an Irish accent. This is a guy who almost always plays Mafia types.

The only thing offensive to me was the beginning with some irreverent humor that was not needed, not part of the story, just a cheap shot against ministers. Also, for a lightweight comedy, the profanity could have been less. Can't someone make a modern-day comedy without language and sex issues? I wish someone would at least try. It can be done - just look at the classics!

Anyway, this is still a pretty funny story with, of course, a good message about judging a book by its cover.

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