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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:
... Rosemary
... Hal
... Mauricio
... Steve Shanahan
Rene Kirby ... Walt
... Reverend Larson
... Himself (as Tony Robbins)
... Jill
... Ralph
... Katrina
... Second Tiffany
Joshua 'Li'iBoy' Shintani ... Li'iBoy
... Artie
... Jen
... 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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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?


Joshua 'Li'iBoy' Shintani's casting as Li'iBoy was a complete accident. While vacationing in Hawaii, sightseeing by car, Peter Farrelly passed Shintani he sat outside a public library, playing his ukelele. Farrelly knew Shintani would be perfect for a role, asking him to come to Los Angeles for a screen test, where Shintani was immediately cast. See more »


In the scene where Hal and Rosemary go out with Walt and Tania, after they drive away from the gas station a shot of the car is shown where Rosemary is wearing a pink top, whereas she is shown wearing a white top during that scene. See more »


Mauricio: [when Hal tries to point out Rosemary] Is she... behind the rhino?
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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 »


References The Crying Game (1992) See more »


This Is My World
Written by Darren Henson, Keith Pelzer, Darius Rucker and Kenna Zemedkun
Performed by Darius Rucker
Courtesy of DCR Music, Inc.
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Not even close to being as bad as you are led to believe!
17 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

From the posters and trailers, you'd expect the Farrelly Brothers to be crude and offensive with this kind of material but it really isn't. It has a much deeper message than it appears. It knows when to be funny and knows when to be serious. Why so many people disliked it and why critics panned it is totally beyond me!

The movie is about a man named Hal, played by Jack Black, who judges women based on their looks. He keeps failing at it and his attractive neighbor, Jill, even turns him down after he begs her to go out with him. The next day at his job, he's bummed that he didn't get that big promotion and happens to bump into Tony Robbins in the elevator while leaving his work. They get stuck in the elevator and Hal explains him his love life. Robbins then puts a spell on him to see the inner beauty in women so that he can judge a woman based on her personality. Suddenly, things starts to change for Hal. His best friend Mauricio (played by Jason Alexander) notices Hal's fresh new standards with his taste in women and doesn't like it one bit. Hal then begins dating a woman who is overweight named Rosemary, played by Gwyneth Paltrow. He sees her as a beautiful, petite woman and they hit it off. Mauricio, who is much more picky with women and more shallow than Hal, can't believe it.

That's the plot for you and I won't spoil anything, but let's just say that the story is predictable and the characters are memorable. I can't give the cast enough credit for doing such a wonderful job and it's interesting to see Jack Black like you've never seen him before, departing from his usual slacker/stoner role that he's given. Shallow Hal is a movie with a lot of brains and heart to it, as well as a great date movie. There's more to this movie than it appears, so watch it before you say negative things about it and you may be surprised!

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