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
According to the DVD commentary, the Farrelly brothers stated that the line, "Well, I can squeeze them and that's real enough for me" was changed to avoid a R rating by the MPAA. The original quote from the script was, "Well, I could suck on them and that's real enough for me." See more »
When a closeup of fat Rosemary walking out onto the springboard is shown, it bends very far down under her weight, but when it cuts to a faraway shot from Hal's point of view, the board is only bent down as if it were supporting the weight of skinny Rosemary. See more »
Inner beauty's the easiest thing in the world to see when you're looking for it... The brain sees what the heart wants it to feel.
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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 »
My problem with this movie is that the two male leads are so spectacularly unattractive. The whole message is that we shouldn't judge people by their appearances, fat people are good, etc. etc. blah blah blah. Okay, fine, whatever.
But this only seems to apply to the womenfolk. Jack Black is short and pudgy with bulldog features, and Jason Alexander looks like something that's been boiled and painted. Why is their lack of attractiveness never part of the plot? Good Lord, they roam around the movie looking for babes as if they were a couple of Adonises. Both of these distinctly not good-looking guys get pursued by attractive women, and what's more, the squat four-eyes actually turns down his dolly on the grounds that she's got a long toe. (All this is later justified by his inner hurt feeling...awwwww!!)
Another sign that the movie was put together by a couple of cases of arrested development: Rosemary never stops talking about her low self-esteem, can't handle compliments, etc. yet in every second scene she's wearing something short and tight. This way Gwyneth Paltrow gets to prance around in her skimpies, and yet then we're supposed to get a big yuk-yuk when her fat body double is shown falling out of the same outfit.
I would love to see a female director redo this movie using a couple of ugly women as the leads, and then have attractive men pursue them, just as they are. Wait, I guess no one would buy that.
And one final thing: just because Rosemary was fat, they didn't have to show her constantly stuffing her face. It got to the point where she's grabbing half a cake at a time. That was just pointless and mean, and it was way beyond even a juvenile chuckle.
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