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Shallow Hal (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 9 November 2001 (USA)
A shallow man falls in love with a 300 pound woman because of her "inner beauty".
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Hal
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Mauricio
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Rene Kirby ...
Walt
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Reverend Larson
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Himself (as Tony Robbins)
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Jill
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Ralph
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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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The Biggest Love Story Ever Told. See more »


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

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Also Known As:

Amor ciego  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,518,295 (USA) (9 November 2001)

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

Gwyneth Paltrow's make-up took four hours to apply. See more »

Goofs

Mauricio has no registration plates on his car, some cars seen in the background also have them missing. See more »

Quotes

[after Mauricio broke Hal's spell]
Hal: Let me ask you something. Who is the all-time love of your life?
Mauricio: [ponders] Wonder Woman.
Hal: Okay... let's say Wonder Woman falls in love with you. And everyone else in the world didn't find her attractive.
Mauricio: It wouldn't matter. Because I know they'd be wrong.
Hal: See! That's what I had with Rosemary! I saw a knockout, I don't care what anybody else saw!
Mauricio: You're right. I guess I really did screw you, huh?
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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 »

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Lonely Girls
Written and Performed by Lucinda Williams
Courtesy of Lost Highway Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Pretty Funny Film With A Good Message
25 October 2006 | by (United States) – 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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