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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:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Rosemary
Jack Black ... Hal
Jason Alexander ... Mauricio
Joe Viterelli ... Steve Shanahan
Rene Kirby Rene Kirby ... Walt
Bruce McGill ... Reverend Larson
Anthony Robbins ... Self (as Tony Robbins)
Susan Ward ... Jill
Zen Gesner ... Ralph
Brooke Burns ... Katrina
Rob Moran ... Second Tiffany
Joshua 'Li'iBoy' Shintani Joshua 'Li'iBoy' Shintani ... Li'iBoy
Kyle Gass ... Artie
Laura Kightlinger ... Jen
Nan Martin ... Nurse Tanya Peeler


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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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 Seinfeld: The Comeback (1997). 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 Rosemary cuts the cake the cake is a two layer cake with vanilla on top and chocolate on the bottom. The next shot it is two layers of chocolate. The final shot of the cake the chocolate layer has switched positions. The knife is in a different position in each shot. The size of the slice taken out also gets smaller in each shot. See more »


Mauricio: She's got CANKLES!
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, pictures of the crew are shown as their names appear. We also see scenes of a deleted horseback sequence. See more »


Referenced in Kathy Griffin: Allegedly (2004) See more »


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Written and Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Funny and Sweet
14 September 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Don't be confused by the subject matter of this comedy, this is a very touching movie.

A Shallow man (Jack Black) is obsessed with only dating beautiful women, until he is hypnotised in to only seeing the inner beauty of people he meets. He then meets Rosemarie (Gwyneth Paltrow) and falls in love

This was Jack Blacks first lead role. After roles in 'Cable Guy' and 'Enemy Of The State' and a very good supporting role in 'High Fidelity and he is perfectly cast as the title character. Until 'School Of Rock' two years later, this was his best performance. Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be having fun, and she looks great in a thong. However for me I would have preferred to see her in the fat suit more, to highlight what everyone else was seeing.... But I suppose you don't pay millions to have Gwyneth Paltrow in a movie, and have her hide in a fat suit for the majority of the movie.

Jason Alexender is very annoying (as Blacks bitter best friend, who is annoyed at losing his wing man on nights out) and distracting with his bizarre hairline.

It's silly if course (it's a Farrelly brothers movie) but it's also very very sweet!!

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Release Date:

9 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,518,295, 11 November 2001

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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