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Shallow Hal (2001)

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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

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 ... Himself (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
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Storyline

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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True Love Is Worth The Weight! See more »


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

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shallow Hal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After getting into her make up for the first time, Gwyneth Paltrow spent the rest of the day walking around in public. No one recognized her, and she used people's reaction to her as an obese woman to help understand her character in the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Artie: It never occurred to you that picking girls solely on their looks may not be the best way to go about it?
Hal: What, am I supposed to apologize for having high standards?
Jen: High standards? In the five years I've known you, every woman, I should say girl, you've gone after has been completely out of your league.
Hal: What's that supposed to mean?
Artie: Oh, she doesn't mean anything by it. She's just saying you're not that good looking.
Hal: Oh! I thought she was implying something really mean.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, Walt prepares to go skiing. See more »

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Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby, Now That I've Found You
Written by John MacLeod and Tony Macaulay
Performed by The Foundations
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Warm, romantic, and funny.
15 March 2008 | by johnbear80See all my reviews

Guys, let me hand you one piece of advice. If you have a girlfriend or S.O. of another designation who has self-esteem issues, sit down with her and introduce her to this movie. I can't recommend it enough. It's the kind of romantic comedy that you can both enjoy evenly, without one of you or the other gritting their teeth and trying to make it look like a smile. Yes, it shows people being shallow, callous, and sometimes mean, but it also portrays some of those same people growing, maturing, and taking on depth. The casting is great. Gwyneth Paltrow is cute and sweet, and Jack Black walks the line between comedic goofball and serious romantic very well. Sure, there's a predictable happy ending, but the most popular romance stories tend to have that in common. Romeo and Juliet isn't everyone's cup of chai, after all. There are laughs, but this movie has heart, too. 10 out of 10. Both thumbs way up.


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